Updated: Dec 19, 2018
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, transition is defined as ‘passage from one state, stage, or place to another’ or ‘a movement, development or evolution from one form, stage or style to another’. Transition is not static nor defined by a specific moment, but a process or gradual change that is experienced over time. Although we all experience transition throughout our lifetimes, the transition experienced by a Military Veteran as they leave the military is a clear example of a multifaceted and complex transition. This 10 Part Series will briefly discuss the transition experienced by Military Veterans in the 9 Areas of Life (Career/Profession, Personal Finance, Family/Parenting, Personal Development, Spiritual Awareness, Fun & Enjoyment, Intimate Relationship, Social Relationships and Health/Aging), an conclude with an overview of existing programs for Transitioning Military Veterans and the existing gap that can only be filled by Transition Coaching. PART 1 - CAREER/PROFESSION The obvious transition experienced when a Member leaves the Military is a change in career/profession. Regardless of the number of years served in the military, the organization provides members with a purpose, a future of stable employment and continuous opportunities for additional responsibility and promotion. With a slogan like ‘Service before Self’ it is clear that Military members are expected to put their career first and foremost. The inculcation of morals, values, ethics, processes and procedures by the Military facilitates a sense of lifelong commitment to the organization. It should be no surprise that leaving such an organization would set the conditions for a very difficult transition. This includes difficulty creating a personal and professional identity outside the Military Institution and adapting to the environment and expectations of non-military employment.
Thankfully, there are programs and organizations that have been established to facilitate this transition which will be discussed in Part 10 of this Series.