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Transitioning A to Z: "A", "H" and "U"

by MTN Staff

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Everything you need to know about transitioning can be found between A and Z of the alphabet. In the upcoming issues of Military Transition News, we are reprising the A to Z list of everything a service member needs to know about transitioning. Three of the “greatest hits” are the letters "A", "H" and "U".

"A": Assess, Action, Advantage

Don’t wait until you’re 30 days away from separation before starting the military to civilian transition process. Assess your options and create an Action plan.

The ideal time to begin preparing for military transition is one year before you are available to begin employment in the civilian workforce. Take Advantage of all the free services that are available (military placement firms, military job boards, military job fairs, TAP/ACAP) and don’t be afraid to network on your own to find a military connection (VFW, former military you know, military associations such as AUSA, MOAA, Marine for Life, etc.).

"H": Humor, Honor, Handled

Humor is the best weapon any of us have against the daily grind. Rest assured, there are hundreds of organizations working to help veterans find jobs, but there are no assurances. Transitioning military are Honored for the sacrifices they have made and the skills they have gained, something that is unique to you. You are in a class and position all your own. As you work to gain civilian employment, don’t forget that you offer something that other candidates do not. Be confident. Ask questions. Be brilliant and you’ll get it Handled. If you aren’t the right fit, address it with a bit of good humor and a positive attitude and move on to your next interview.

"U": Unified

According to, moving and job loss are two of the top five stressors for an individual. Military transition not only weighs heavily on the Airman, Marine, Sailor or Soldier, it also affects the people he or she loves the most. It doesn’t take much to imagine the scenario played out when an entire family is dealing with such upheaval and how it impacts the psyche of the service member.

Take a deep breath. Not just you, but everyone in the household. If anyone knows the adversity that life can bring, it’s the families of the U.S. Military. But you’ve undoubtedly witnessed examples of how clear thinking and an ability to stay focused on a task can assist in overcoming difficult obstacles. In addition, keeping communication lines open and collectively taking small steps toward a successful transition are key. When the entire family can exhibit these qualities, then staying Unified as a unit will make the transition manageable.

See the complete A to Z list here:

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