East meets West

by Don
(Seoul Korea)

I was surprised and touched by the story of the General who after a life of service he thought he went form somebody to nobody. The honesty the transparency was a welcomed post.

I am 47 years old and will be fully retired from the Army with 20 years and 8 months of active service, I can relate to the Gen. in some ways.

I am an enlisted man and will be until 1 July 2014. I was in charge of Safety and Security. Most of my adult life has been spent in uniform I have 75 days left before I go from Sargent to Mr., I am too far out for any employer to take notice because I am retiring in South Korea.

This has caused much stress so retirement at this point is a little spooky to me, and only being 47. I have no intention of just taking it easy. I will have a one-month buffer before my actual retirement date. I worry a little with assimilating back into civilian life but the comments for the General were very comforting.

The big question is as a somewhat young retired service member what is the best plan of attack for getting noticed. I have made contact with some military friendly companies but the fact that I am so far out from boots on the ground is stressing me out.

My wife has been supportive for the most part and says don’t worry you will get a job. So to the retired platoon I just want to hear any advice you can give me, I am very much loner and have a hard time asking for help or advice but, if the General had the guts to write in then that works for me. I am a fox hole conversion, in Afghanistan after months of going through rocket attacks I read Psalm 91 that changed my life forever,

After that day and a long talk with my Chaplain I stop being afraid and Christ has been my General ever since. Thanks in advance.

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Thanks Chuck
by: Don

Thanks for the post Chuck, I think once I get to Colorado Springs, I will settle down and get my head on straight. My retirement ceremony will be Wednesday .

From one Veteran to another, Thank you for your service.

Sargent to Mr.
by: Joe W.


Hi! I hope that your right about going from Sargent to Mr. I was downsized at 45 years old. I learned that in retirement it's common to go from Sargent to Mr. to Don. You still have time to decide what your real passion or dream is, where if you had extra time what would choose to pursue.

First, find out if there are any local support groups to help you with your next chapter in the life cycle. In the USA they are providing entrepreneurial training for ex military personnel. Outside the USA I don't think there are similar programs. I know that they are needed in every Country that has ex military people looking for a new job or possibly trying to startup a new small business.

Good Luck!

Take Time to Become a Legal Eagle ...
by: Retd. Prof. Mr. Durgesh Kumar Srivastava, C-3, Janakpuri, New Delhi-110058, India.

Dear Sergeant, Namaste and Best Wishes.

You have not mentioned your education. If you are a University Graduate, you can have a nice life long career with no 2nd retirement. Join a Course in Law in the nearest University after retirement. It will take from 2 years to 3 years for you to get your first graduate law degree. You will enjoy the study period, make new friends and have something to do for three years while you live on your Army pension.

As soon as you get your law degree, join any firm of lawyers, solisitors, attorneys or law consultants. While you intern with them, you get a handsome monthly payment. Lawyers are needed in every place in the world.

With your knowledge of firearms, you can be a useful lawyer in criminal law cases. You get a variety of work, lots of incomes, which will rise with passing years, a status of social respect. You will be your own employer and work till the age of 80 or beyond. best wishes.

by: Chuck V.

The old saying... Retired On Active Duty Status comes to mind.

I spent 25 years in the AF and retired as an E7. Yes I was apprehensive but there are a lot worse things in life than retirement.

I worked a few odd jobs, took a battery of tests for state and federal jobs and ended up in the postal service for 17 years. Now I'm retired retired and lovin' it even more.

Look for a job to suppliment your income if necessary. You're too young to retire completely. Do whatever you want.

You're in command. Go for it.

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