Going from military life to civilian life is a big transition. Things that are often cut and dry in the military are not always that way in civilian life, and it may take some time to fully make that transition. If you're considering leaving the military, here are some things to keep in mind:
- What type of job skills do you have? These skills are what make you marketable in the job market. Many companies hire former military members because of the reputation the military has for developing men and women with strong work ethics.
- Do research to learn the average salaries for different jobs available to you. When comparing those salaries to your military pay, be sure to include any living allowances you receive from the military such as housing. You want to be sure your new salary will be enough to pay your rent or mortgage, utilities, groceries, and other bills.
- In addition, the military is known for its generous benefits. Find out what benefits you get to keep as a civilian and estimate the impact of lost benefits on you and your family.
- You may be applying for a mortgage for the first time. How is your credit? Now is the time to fix any past credit mistakes.
- When you are considering places to relocate after the military some things you should consider include cost of living, climate, job availability, whether there is a state income tax, and availability of healthcare. Texas rates high concerning these factors, as evidenced by the number of former military members who now reside in Texas.