Why Should I Pay Attention to Military In Transition?
To summarize in one word: Community.
Getting out of the military can be hard, and it can feel like there’s no one out there to support you. While the government does offer help through programs such as Transition Assistance Program (TAP), trying to put it all together can seem impossible, especially when you feel like you’re alone. But you’re not alone. Everyone in the military eventually gets out, one way or another.
That’s why there’s Military in Transition, a community of people trying to help each other through all of the challenges of post-military life.
Isn’t this just a blog?
Military in Transition isn’t just a blog. It’s community. It’s a community that works together to solve its problems. Because we face problems that a lot of people don’t face. Because if we don’t solve them, who will? Because we can help each other. Because we deserve it.
If there’s a resource out there, we’ll help you find it…or you can help us find it. If the resource doesn’t exist, we can work together to create it. If there’s someone that needs our help, we can bring them in to get them on the right path. If there’s someone that can help us, we can bring them in to help us out.
I’ll be perfectly honest. One of the reasons I started a blog is to help myself capture all of my experiences going through the retirement process. I started thinking of all the problems that my wife, Tania, and I were experiencing and decided that if we could answer these questions for ourselves, some of these answers might help other people.
However, I didn’t really understand what people wanted until we started the Military in Transition Facebook Group, and learning how to engage with people online. A lot of things that you will see are here because someone wanted them to be here. Whether it’s an article, ebook, or whatever, YOU have a direct say in what happens.
About Military In Transition…
Right. The blog is published on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and follows a simple format:
Monday: Original article. This is an article that I’ve researched and written, either based upon a topic that someone has asked about, or a topic that I feel is of general interest.
Wednesday: Ten Questions With… Ten Questions is a series of articles that aims to help readers understand other peoples’ perspectives. Each week is a different interview with a different person…while the questions stay the same, the truly engaging parts of the article are the answers. Regardless of service, active status, age, sex, or whatever, each of us has a story to tell. These articles help give voice to those stories, and hopefully inspire someone on the other end of them. You can read Ten Questions articles, or if you dare, you can tell your story in one of them. If that interests you, just send me an email with the subject line: Ten Questions, and we can set up an interview for an upcoming article.
Friday: Weekend Wrap-up. While I try to stay on top of articles as I read them, and send them out on Twitter or the Military in Transition Group Facebook Page, I understand that people might be too busy in the week to read them all (I often am)! So, I try to pick five of the most engaging articles that I’ve read and put them in an easy weekly post for your benefit. However, this is just a starting point. Please feel free to post links to articles of interest that you find, either in the comments section or on the Facebook page.
How do I start?
Simple. Just ask. Below is a guideline of some simple steps you can take to engage in the community. Jump in or dip your toes…whatever you feel comfortable with. However, once you’re here, you’ll get as much out of this as your level of engagement. If all you want is to read a couple of articles, that’s great. If you really want more, then ask! Whatever you want–post a question on the Facebook page, send me an email, or whatever…the sky’s the limit! All you need to do is ask.
- Join the Facebook Group. My wife, Tania, and I personally administer this group to keep out trolls. We don’t have any formal rules, but we do ask that people use common sense and respect. When I see a FB request, I’ll look to see if you were referred by another member, or have an obvious military affiliation. If not, I’ll send you a FB message to ask you your affiliation…please accept my apologies in advance, but I’d rather err on the side of caution so that our discussions can be frank and candid without people feeling like they’re going to get spammed.
- Subscribe to my email list. You might have seen a pop-up, and clicked the X. That’s fine if you missed it. There should be an email opt-in on the side of the blog. You’ll receive an email asking to click a link, which will add you to my subscriber list. This is known as a double opt-in, which lets me know that you’re serious about wanting to receive emails. Why? Because I don’t want to send you any emails until you tell me you’re ready. Below are some of the reasons you might want to subscribe:
- You’ll automatically receive articles as they’re published.
- People on my email list get personal emails from me from time to time.
- People who subscribe will receive a complimentary copy of my financial planning checklist. This is the checklist that I go through with my financial planning clients as we talk about how money affects their lives. You can feel free to use this checklist as a guideline for your own use, or talk with me about how we can work together on tackling it.
- You’ll be among the first people to know or try about new things. What things? Could be article ideas, could be an ebook….I don’t know yet. You also get to help weigh in and help determine where this goes.
- Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn. Although Military in Transition doesn’t have either, I have a Twitter profile and a LinkedIn page, which helps to get the word out. If you follow Twitter, great! You can help me figure out what I’m doing. Just kidding (partially). However, I do tweet articles on financial topics that I like, from time to time, and sometimes they don’t make it onto the FB page (sometimes too many articles in one day can be considered spammy). If you like these articles, you can get all of my posts by following me on Twitter. With LinkedIn, all of the Military in Transition articles are automatically posted. Also, having a robust LinkedIn profile benefits everyone professionally…feel free to ask me for an introduction or anything else I may be able to help with by connecting with me on LinkedIn.
I hope you like the idea of being a part of a community of like-minded people going through your experience. While none of us can pretend to go through your exact challenges, there are enough of us who have shared similar experiences to help each other out. And we need your help to help other people.
Feel free to share this with your friends, family, or fellow soldiers, shipmates, airmen, or Marines. I’m always looking to improve the content on this blog, so feel free to send me any questions, comments or constructive criticism by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take charge of your life!