Spouse Series: Considering Your Options
by Janet Farley, Contributing Editor
If you’re like most military spouses, or currently transitioning ones, or retiring ones, you’ve been keeping up with the news of late and you’re concerned.
After all, you and your family are knee-deep in the throes of planning your after-the-military life and the after-life just isn’t cooperating.
Two More Years
For example, you and your spouse revisit the idea of not getting out of uniform just yet. You’ll put in a few more years and see if things on the outside improve. But you’re concerned about recent headlines announcing that the Army planned to cut its forces by 80,000 troops over five years.
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The Clean Break
But what if you and your spouse consider making a clean break of it, leaving behind a camouflaged life for a purely civilian one. You want to try living in a world where the PX/BX are called the mall and you don’t need to show an ID card to buy a pair of shoes.
Of course not.
Signs are encouraging. The unemployment rate in August dropped to 7.3 percent, the average work week rose to 34.4 hours and retailers led job gains with 44,000 new hires.
You do here what you’ve always done that has facilitated your past successes. You simply do your best. Consider all your options realistically. Discuss them as a family and then make a decision. Roll with it. Give your decision a fighting chance and see what happens.
Janet Farley is the author of Quick Military Transition Guide: Seven Steps to Landing a Civilian Job (Jist Inc., 2012). Follow her blog Life’s Too Short to Hate Your Job at firstname.lastname@example.org and Resume Rx at email@example.com.
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