CHAPTER 3Common Challenges of Military-to-Civilian Transition

ALONG WITH THE UNIQUE STRENGTHS that veterans bring with them to the civilian workplace, there is a complementary set of challenges. Most of the challenges relate to the transition itself and can therefore be anticipated and addressed early on.

I have found the cultural learning curve to be the biggest challenge and the primary differentiator between those who successfully transition to civilian careers and those who struggle to find success. In fact, the cultural learning curve can take twice as long as it takes civilian new-hires to transition into a new civilian organization. Being on this learning curve doesn’t mean the veteran isn’t productive; to the contrary, quickly adding ...

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