If you are reading this, you are probably planning your retirement or have already ETS'd. One of the top questions you should ask yourself is who you do you want to be? In uniform you were a high speed, no drag leader. Your subordinates respected you and your peers looked to you for guidance on matters specific to your expertise.
During my service I found no shortage of career development opportunities. There was leadership training, MOS identifiers, specific training for deployment and mission readiness. All of the training you received could be used towards your career advancement and leadership develop in some way shape or form. Nothing was wasted. Most training eventually lead to promotion points, which lead to advancement.
Leaving the military is like starting life over again. Instead of Uncle Sam and Aunt Rosie's mission, you have a mission of your own. Your primary objective is to successfully transition into a new civilian life, full of freedom, hope and peace. So how do we go about making that happen?