An Allegory on Institutional Identity

As a promised follow-up from my most recent article, I will be taking you down a road less traveled on institutional identity, and the barriers, challenges, and military lessons learned that you will likely encounter. Truth is often found in humorous stories and parables – not necessarily individual or momentary truth, but a type of

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EAS: 3 Years Later

After exiting active service from the Marine Corps in July 2013, I’ve found most if not all of the lessons learned while in uniform apply to the CIVDIV as well. I feel it’s important to emphasize this point because Veterans sometimes drop the characteristics that ensured a successful enlistment. We must carry on our adaptive,

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MJN Spotlight: Charlie Bell

Charlie Bell joined the Army in 2005 through the College Option Officer Candidate School. He was a field artillery officer, and served most of his time in Fort Bragg. During his first tour with the 18th Fires Brigade, he was deployed to Afghanistan. His second tour was with the 82nd Airborne Division, which included a

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The Big vs Small Leap from Military to Civilian

A lot of veterans seem to find themselves transitioning out of the military and into… A business or organization that is veteran-run, veteran-oriented, and continues to use military style imagery and language. Many of the people I served with now have great careers in law enforcement, defense contracting, and veteran service and support networks. A

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MJN Spotlight: Harold Cash

Harold Cash joined the Air Force in the mid 1970s. He opted out of going to a tech school in Portugal, and was instead stationed at the Eglin Air Force Base in Florida as a civil engineer. While he was in the service, he was part of an experimental special services team. It focused on

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The Benefits of Working at a Veteran-Owned Small Business

Veteran-owned small businesses have a lot to offer, to their customers, their communities, and to prospective employees. Employment at a veteran-owned small business is an excellent opportunity for veteran job-seekers. There are significant tangible and intangible benefits to working at a veteran-owned small business. Veteran small business entrepreneurs possess strong leadership skills learned during military

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Preparation For Your First Year In The CIVDIV

The Challenge. You’ve survived your transition thus far! You’ve PCS’d your final time to your desired geographical location. You poured over your resume dozens of times and job descriptions hundreds of times, and it received hits! Those countless hits turned into interviews you crushed, and now you’re excitedly preparing for your first full week in

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