As the Corps shrinks and thousands transition back to civilian life, opportunities to succeed are out there. It may take some effort to find some of them, however, the resources available to transitioning Marines are more numerous and available than ever.
The Transition Assistance Management Program helps station Marines and Sailors prepare for life after the service by offering classes, resources and opportunities.
“What makes someone have a successful transition is the planning they do before they get out,” said Richard Welch, TAMP program manager. “For many, the true ‘success’ comes later in life, but having that plan and following through with it is what I see as success.”
Military service is a desirable trait for most employers. The experience and inherent leadership abilities of the average service member make them an asset. In fact, the CEOs of 10 Fortune 500 companies are former service members, each of whom credits their military service as a contributing factor in their success.
“We owe it to our Marines and Sailors to make sure we give them all the information and resources early enough for them to implement what they learn in the seminar into their plans for the future,” said Sgt. Maj. Karl Villalino, station sergeant major, of the Transition Readiness Seminar. TRS is one of the many resources available to Marines and Sailors.
Immediately entering the workforce is not the only option available. Many veterans choose to go to school to prepare themselves for the job they desire.
“For many, success is getting into school and staying there,” added Welch. “Many vets don’t have the study habits they used to, they feel alone without the camaraderie of the service or a veterans’ support group, and they’re usually four years older than anyone else in school. A lot drop out after their first year.”
The secret to success after the Corps: planning, and start early.
“Start researching what it is you want to do,” said Welch, who himself is a retired master gunnery sergeant who transitioned into helping other Marines find success after the Corps. “Find out what the qualifications are and what you need to do to get there. Develop that plan and go through with it.”
To start planning for your life after the military, contact the Transition Assistance Program at (928) 269-5181.