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Posted on Mar 31, 2021
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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Life can be ironic. I graduated with an Accounting and Finance degrees. I was offered accounting positions but thought becoming a bean counter would be a slow death. So I joined the army knowing full well that my career would be diverse. Everything went well. I went into the 160th, Tanks, National Disaster, then the army in its infinite wisdom made me a damn Budget Officer.
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Cpl Vic Burk
Cpl Vic Burk
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Damn! Your degree came back to bite you in the butt! Was it really that bad though?
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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Cpl Vic Burk - Budget was not hard. It is essentially getting a budget from higher HQs, asking my subordinate units what their activities are that requires funds. Then I monitor their spending. It was a little tricky because I had Title 10 and Title 32 funds. The biggest contribution I made was studying DTS for a whole week and making a DTS Smart Book for the army.
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SFC Melvin Brandenburg
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There will always be the suck in every profession. The suck takes many forms and it speaks many different languages, but the suck is still there. But also the joy is there, if you can connect with it. I have found that to be the case in any endeavor be it the job, the military, education, being a father; it's there and will always be. The grass is not greener if you think green means no suck. The trick to whatever you do, even a task you dislike, is to find a way to connect to it and make it something of value to what you want to ultimately accomplish. In that the suck is your bitch.
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It’s been my experience that depending on the person, their work experience, and their undergraduate and graduate degrees, it is possible to get your graduate degree to early; that is without gaining the work experience one needs to make good decisions as an executive. I’ve found it’s very important to embrace the suck, because we learn from the suck. MHO
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Cpl Vic Burk
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Sgt Jim Belanus - I figured all that out also (being a math teacher) but I still opted to wait. At this point, what is another (less than) two years. It is all based on statistics. The government is gambling by waiting I won't collect as much in my lifetime, I am gambling I will out last what I lost for waiting. We will see who wins in the end. For an old goat like me, I am in great shape! I am determined to make Uncle Sam lose their gamble
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Sgt Jim Belanus
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if you like what your doing, keep doing it. I'm still doing a little farming just for that reason, but there does come a time you can't do it anymore
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Cpl Vic Burk
Cpl Vic Burk
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Sgt Jim Belanus - I love teaching mathematics and plan to continue into my 70's if I can. It can be challenging at times but that make it all the more interesting. There is nothing like when you see that light go on above their heads when they finally get it.
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Cpl Vic Burk - You Rock! Keep teaching as long as you can.
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