Posted on Nov 5, 2014
SGT Alicia Brenneis
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So I am officially on the less than 90 days list. I feel like I am starting to panic. This will be the first time since I was born that I have not been around the military in some way. I am looking forward to some of the changes but mostly I am nervous about not being military. There is so much information being tossed at me right now that I cant soak it all in. It is overwhelming. Everyone I know who has gotten out hates it. I could really use some success stories or at least hear from someone who is happy with their transition.

EDIT: So my final day was Jan 20th, 2015. I am still having a hard time and feel like something is missing. Things are looking up. I have enrolled in school and started the job search as some of you advised me to do. I am looking forward to having something to do. Thank you for the encouraging advice.
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SSG Ralph Innes
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From my experience, here is what I saw. I went from jumping out of planes and firing howitzers to going to college. I ended up going right on through to law school and have been in private practice for 12 years. Someone not standing in my shoes might as how I could possibly complain. Well, to anyone that has worn the uniform, we have all bitched about something; pt, cq, 0200 piss tests, deployments, etc. You will find that isn't what you miss about the military. What you will miss is being with your fellow soldiers during those times of mental and physical hardships. You won't miss being tired, wet, cold, and hungry, but you will sure miss being with your buddies being cold, wet, tired, and hungry.
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SFC Mark Merino
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Short! The transition is many things to many people. Some are glad to be "free" and some are in a state of mourning that can last for........a while. That was the reason I fell in love with RallyPoint. Everything that you will feel has been felt before by those who proceded you. Remember that you are always family and that we are all hereforeach other. Camaraderie is a big hit for many of us to take on the chin. Unless you are a first responder or find a close knit job with other veterans, it may be lacking in the civilian sector. A lot of us try to land DOD jobs to stay connected to the life. They say that "Time heals all wounds." Give it time.
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LTC Hillary Luton
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Well SGT Alicia Brenneis Don't be nervous. These are exciting times. I just held my official retirement ceremony today. I'm excited about starting a new phase of life and found what I enjoy. You will do great no matter what you do !!!
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