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What should i worry the most


Jose Roman Belton, TX

Im about to retire and im kinda scared of the unknown if i will get a job or not what are the experience

11 October 2023 5 replies Military to Civilian Transition



Laura Newill Scottsdale, AZ

Hello Jose,
It is okay to be a little scared transitioning out. You gave 20 years of your life to the military and that is commendable. There are plenty of guys that get out after 20 years and find work pretty quickly. I do recommend finding at least a part time job to stay busy and your mind alert versus retiring completely though. I would suggest looking at your strengths. What kind of NCOER bullets do you have? What was your MOS? All those things can be turned into a killer resume for another job. Military one source has a few services that are free to military members to help build resumes and find a job that you feel comfortable working at. You got this!


Jim Schreier Milwaukee, WI

Lots of excellent advice for you already. Really use the resources on this site. It's serious, very well-intended information. Don't be surprised by what might seem like different viewpoints -- very little is "for certain" in the career advice field.

You might identify some direct coaching connections -- the task requires work! Lots of resources in several articles I've published on this site plus more at


Lyena Solomon Santa Clara, CA

I suggest you figure out what you want to do when you retire. Where do you want to live? What kind of life style will make you happy? Then, you can look at the industries around the area you want to settle in and consider companies you want to work for. Then, think about jobs you can get in those companies.

It is not what you do, it is where you work that matters.

I suggest you talk to ACP mentors who can help you navigate your skills and get confidence that your experience is transferable.
In the meantime, I would like to recommend a book "Designing Your Life" to get an idea about what you want.


ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Jose,

Thank you so much for your question! All the links above are outstanding resources, and our website has some tips.

This is very helpful for service members as a quick tip guide to transitioning!


Richard Byrne Hillsborough, NJ

Well, maybe you could always go for 30 years, if you want, and you are needed.
Or maybe just a couple more years.

Anyway there are some steps you could take to help you evaluate potential commercial and Government opportunities for employment.

First would be to select what would be your dream job or dream career.
One way to do that is to scan the National Employment & wage data of

Next would be to do some job searches for jobs in your dream career.
I've added links to information & videos under these sections of my EE webpage: - Commercial Jobs - Gov. Jobs

Examine the current job postings for requirements.

Translate your Military skills into commercial Skills:

Create a Resume for each job you would be interested in highlighting how your current Experience & Training meets the employer's stated requirements.

Add training to meet those needs as necessary.

Investigate the pertinent Skill-Bridge opportunities.

Consider online college:

Investigate financing your education:

Another step would be to start networking, focusing on building contacts to people in your dream career:

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Fed Gov Job Search:

Commercial Job search local

Commercial Job search US

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