Navy veteran Jose Palacios served as a damage control man in the Navy which is the equivalent of firefighters in the civilian world. He served abroad, stationed overseas in Japan, used to pick up Marines from Okinawa then drop them off in jungles. He also did 1 tour in the Middle East for 9 months.

In this episode, Sgt BeReal and Jose talked about how challenging it is to transition from the Military duty to civilian life. They also discussed that when you work overseas or get deployed overseas, you will lose touch with your network in the civilian sector. Jose said that the Officer in-charge for the transition assistance program was stationed in Japan for 20 years and never lived in the USA but luckily, older veterans helped him a lot with his transition and eventually became mentors.

Let’s listen to them as they tackle very important details when you are transitioning and how to use the skills you have from the Military and incorporate it to what is equivalent to the job you are applying as a civilian.

Key Points:

Making a transition from Military duty to Civilian life is very challenging

When working overseas/deployed overseas, You have lost touch with your network in the civilian sector so basically you’re starting from zero

Officer in-charged for transition assistance program was stationed in Japan for 20 years and never lived in the US.

Older veterans help him a lot with his transitions and became mentors

Transition became bad for him because he was drinking a lot and spending too much cash on stupid things

Military teaches us to be flexible, adapt, overcome and thrive

Labor educator – help companies whenever union come in and try to organize,

Use the skills you have from the Military and incorporate it to what is equivalent to the job you are applying as a civilian

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