Military to Civilian Transition What You Need to Know

Hey everyone, this is Allen Gumpenberger here with another unique blog to enlighten you on the topic of the military transition to civilian life.

If you’ve almost served complete time in the military and you’ll be getting out soon, that’s great news! The community and I welcome you back with open hands but I also want to show you the most mistakes made every year by people transitioning from military life back to the life of a civilian.

The department of defense says about 200,000 military people transition to civilian life every year and 2 out of 3 of these veterans, struggle with adjusting to the way of life of the civilians.

So now you see my friend that if you’re struggling with this already, you now know that you are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of other veterans are experiencing the same right now.

In this post, I want to show you the mistakes other veterans have made before you and how you can avoid them so that you can enjoy this transition process as much as possible.




As a veteran, you might think the only thing you need to make a successful transition is to secure a good job. This is good but it is not enough because part of your identity remains with the military – regaining it will be your biggest challenge or opportunity depending on how you choose to look at it.

I’m going to be very honest, the process isn’t easy. Everything about your life is changing and it might be hard to find yourself again but keep your mind open, don’t shut your family out and with time, you will get a hang of it.

Proper Planning:

Before you leave, it is ideal to start early enough and think about what you want to spend time on when you leave so you don’t feel stuck when you do. Making these plans will save you time and money, You’ll see why soon.

Build Connections:

Your other military folks, friends, and family play an important role in helping you settle down in your newfound lifestyle.

They could help with a job, moving to a new place, or finding a new career. Don’t try to do it alone; it’s easier with others.

Also don’t neglect the fact that your family is going through the transition as much as you are, even if they don’t speak up about it. Try to be considerate and involve them in your transition process.

Pay attention to your finance/health

It is advisable to have enough savings for emergencies in peradventure they come up. You can look for free financial counseling on building a financial plan or creating a budget as the case may be.

Before transitioning, don’t try to avoid seeking medical help or treatment.

Dealing with an injury sustained before your transition is more cost-effective than doing so after you leave so make your physical and mental health a priority.

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