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Life After Military


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Life after Military: Logisticians  

For so many people in New York discharged from the military, the civilian workforce looms as a major challenge or a daunting endeavor. What is the best way for an ex-military to transition into a civilian job? The best way is to use the skills you have acquired in the military to build your career in the civilian workforce.


Civilian logistics is a field that encompasses several types of jobs and careers, but more importantly for the veteran, uses the skills acquired in military service.  Logisticians are the behind the scenes personnel when there is an emergency. They are the ones who coordinate emergency response teams, medical and search and rescue missions as well as organize shelter and food for those in need.

Logisticians also work in positions in businesses that allow those businesses to be more proficient in delivery of goods and management of materials, operations and warehousing. In this current economy, every business worldwide has to increase their efficiency and reduce their lag times and turnaround times. The logistician is charged with finding process improvements that will bring about these results.

What is it about the veteran that makes him or her successful at this type of work?  What are the skills learned and used in military service that fit well into the field of logistics?

Military Skills a Logisticians Need

  • Organization:  The military stresses organizational skills and a way of looking at things that emphasizes organizing things in the most efficient way. The Logistician uses the same vision and the same skills.
  • Cooperation: Both military tactics and civilian logistics require a laser like attention to detail and planning. This must be done in cooperation with other departments, organizations or agencies. One must understand how each component or organization fits with the others.
  • Discipline: the heart of military success and survival is also very important in civilian logistics. Logistician must maintain strict discipline as the things they are managing fit into tight frameworks and processes.
  • Critical Thinking: This is an essential tool for planning, executing and succeeding in military campaigns.  Survival depends upon this. The same is true with logistics. The name of the game is continuous process improvement which requires looking critically at every part of the process on a continuous basis to see what can be improved.


For many businesses for many years, an associate degree and military experience was enough to get you a job in logistics. These days however, many corporations are asking for a bachelor’s degree. At the same time there is a certification in logistics available that will replace the bachelor’s degree for many companies. Information is available through the American Society of Transportation and Logistics or the International Society of Logistics.

Fields of Endeavor

There are three distinct fields that you can work in with your military background in logistics. These include:

  • Materials Management and Transport
  • Government Positions
  • Emergency Services


If you are in New York and have strong military training and experience, then logistics just might be the field for you. The average annual salary is almost $73,000 but the folks at the top of the field earn in excess of $112,000 per year. It is also expected that the field will add almost 28,000 jobs in New York at a rate of 22% or better.

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Is the Military a Job for You?

As the Toronto economy improves and more jobs become available, will the military still be as appealing as an employer as they are in tough economic times? The answer is probably not. Still, for some people the military is the best possible career opportunity. Are you that person? How do you know if you would thrive in the regimented world of the armed services?

The Military as a Career Choice

What might make the military more appealing as a career choice than any other civilian job?

  • Service to Country
  • Physical and Mental Challenges
  • Sense of Accomplishment
  • Continual Learning Environment/Paid Training
  • Diversity in Career Fields
  • Pay, Education/Benefits, Retirement

Getting Hired

As with any other job, you need to do your homework before ‘applying’ for a job with the military. We often talk about joining the military as if it was a given that anyone who wants to can join and get any training and any job you want. This is just not true. The army is the easiest service to get into if you want to be an infantry member. However if want to make the military your career, you need to do your homework.

  • Learn everything you can about each one of the branches of the service and their extensions or sub-branches. What does each service have to offer and how do your interests match what they offer? Do you want to be a pilot? If so you are of course going to think of joining the Air Force. However you also need to think of joining the Navy which has a very strong air force.

Speaking of the Navy – if you want a different kind of experience but want to be associated with a service, the Navy is your best bet as both the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines are a part of the Navy.

  • Just as the high school student who is preparing for college must take the ACT or the SAT, those who wish to enter the military services must prepare for and take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test.
  • Interview well and asks questions. Just like you would do if you were interviewing for a civilian job, when you meet with a military recruiter ask questions. Don’t let the recruiter do all the talking. Ask the questions you need to ask to get the information you need before you sign up. Remember that recruiter is rewarded for every recruit he signs up.
  • Imagine in a civilian job that you have been offered the job and accepted based on passing a physical and completing all the Humans Resources paperwork. The same is true with the military. You have to pass a physical exam and complete paperwork.
  • Read the contract. Be sure you know everything it says and that you understand everything it says. Unlike a civilian job, you can’t just quit the military if you decide you don’t like it. Sign the contract.
  • Unlike civilian jobs there is one more step for the military. You have to swear to serve the country and defend the constitution.

If this sounds good to you then it might be worth your time to check it out.

Military Medics


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From Military Medic to…?                       

With so many military personnel coming home and entering the workforce, what kind of career opportunities exist for the military medic? The experience the medic has attained is much in demand in the workforce as the medical community struggles to fill all their openings.

Training of Military Medics

There may be some question regarding the training of a military medic and what they are really qualified for on the home front. Each branch of the service has their own medical personnel and training programs. The very minimum training that any military medic receives is as a basic emergency medical technician along with nursing assistant certifications.

Medics in the Navy belong to the Hospital Corps and can serve in both the Navy and the Marine Corp.  The Army has Special Forces medics which are among the military elite in terms of training and experience for medics. Some receive training that is comprehensive for paramedic level and medical technicians.

Medics might be found in military clinics, in pharmacies and radiology. The 68W is the classification for military occupational specialists or MOS – these are the medics, the health care specialists including combat medics.

The kinds of in depth emergency medical training and experience that military medics gain through their service is well suited to many medical career opportunities once they leave the service.

Types of Opportunities Available

Civilian Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The 68W who has left the service is well suited to these types of jobs. Their skills and the training they received in combat is very close to what EMTs and paramedics do in any emergency or triage situation. In both situations the medical personnel is expected to be well versed in emergency procedures, transport, and high stress environments. The need for this type of personnel is excellent at the moment and expected to continue to grow. A 33% growth rate is expected to be the norm by the year 2020. Pay currently lands in the $30,000 to $35,000 per year according to information received from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Medical Assistant

Quite often the Army medic is not in the field caring for patients in a triage situation but rather is an assistant in an Army clinic or medical center. They might draw blood and prep it for analysis. They might prepare patients for surgery or set up surgical rooms and equipment. They might be assisting the military doctor with both outpatient and inpatient care.

If you think about it, these are the same skills and experiences needed by a civilian medical assistant. A medical assistant draws blood and preps it for analysis. A medical assistant prepares patients, equipment and surgical rooms for a variety of procedures. A medical assistant prepares paperwork, insurance forms, and patient records. They also work in radiology, outpatient and inpatient care. They take vitals, and assist with x-rays, injections and exams.

The field of medical assistant is also expected to grow by over 30% from now to 2020 and the pay is currently around $29,000.

Medication Aide

This is a position that many are not familiar with because they work mainly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and they are responsible for patient assistance and the administration of medications. They are responsible for keeping records of medications given in great detail and monitor the patient response. They report any medication issues to the nursing supervisor.

The Medication Aid is also known as an MDA and they earn about $13-15 per hour based on data published by the Metropolitan Community College of Omaha.


So the military medic has several career opportunities as a civilian without any additional education and training. On the other hand, if they choose to get additional education, they might become a physician assistant, a nurse or a physician.