Lesson 34: Many veterans have had a practice marriage

Now comes the time for a very harsh truth.  This is not a concept I am addressing from personal experience.  This is coming from statistics and observation.  I have seen firsthand how true this is.  After my first two years on active duty, divorce notices ceased to surprise me.  I don’t mean to make light …

Lesson 33: Always have a pen/pencil and notepad on you

You never know when important things are going to happen.  No matter how good you think your memory is, it is never a bad idea to always have writing material available.  For certain military occupational specialties, it is even mandatory.  Regardless of whether you are working security, policing, mechanical, administrative, etc., there is no reason …

Lesson 31: Military sarcasm and humor don’t translate well into civilian life

While I was fortunate enough to learn this lesson before separating from the military, there are times when no matter how early you learn a lesson, habits are difficult to break.  In many cases, no matter how hard you try, they never fully go away.  Military jargon and sarcasm might as well be considered its …

Lesson 29: Be consistent, but not too predictable

A major part of military training and operations revolves around standardization.  General training and principles that are in effect throughout the entire branch in a broad effort to mitigate as much confusion as possible.  There is a reason that every member, regardless of military occupational specialty, regular enlisted, reserve, guard, officer, etc., goes through a …