Military Retirement Anxiety

Military Retirement anxiety, like law enforcment anxiety, is different than non-military retirement.


I think military and law enforcement careers force this cohesive bonding between employees, like nowhere else. That's not bad, it's great... they need to have each others back in so many stressful situations.

Then comes retirement... and those co-workers are gone. They are probably still working, and you've retired.

BOOM. Gone.

Your normally too-busy days are now filled with nothingness. Nobody is asking you for advice, nobody is even around.

BOOM. Gone.

Please Share Your Own Story on Military Retirements

Your comments will help others to think about military retirement, before leaping into the "depression at retirement" pit. Please share what happened to you so that others can plan ahead accordingly:

  • Did you fall into anxiety or depression when you retired?

  • How long did it last?

  • In your opinion, what helped you to break away from this anxious state?

  • How did you walk out that retirement door? Did you voluntarily retire, or did you leave because of a disability, employer forced you out, etc?

  • Tell your military story... why is it so difficult to leave it all behind?

Read about what other Visitors have to Say...

Click below to see contributions from other visitors on this topic:

Military Retirement: Lost as well 
I'm really glad to see a forum with others like me. I retired from the Navy in 2013. I worked as a Command Career Counselor and it was the most rewarding …

Military Retirement: Beyond Confused and deeply hurt 
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Retirement: Is that all there is? 
Health forced retirement 10 years ago. I also found out that since I was a Vietnam Veteran i was eligible for funds besides Medicare. It took a few years …

Army Retirement after 22 years 
I'm retiring after a 22-year AD/NG mixed career with about 11 active. I enlisted at 18 years old and I'm 40 now on to the second half. I feel anxiety …

Retired from the Navy... now what? 
I retired from the US Navy in 1992. I moved from job to job, never staying at one very long. I lose sleep, and dream about the Navy on an almost nightly …

Medically Retired from Military 
Well... it's been 93 days of leave and now. I'm 4 days into retirement. After serving for over 14 years, it's finally over. I've had a difficult career …

Military Retirement: I feel exactly the same... 
I felt >>Read Jay's Story on tghe bottom of Military Retirement Anxiety page EVERYTHING you wrote on this blog. I'm 42 yrs old, 20 yr retirement, …

Retired: Life After the Military - Who Am I??? 
I'm 38 years old and recently retired from the military after 21 years of service. Sounds great huh? I thought so too at first. But not long after …

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