- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 13, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1545257736
- ISBN-13: 978-1545257739
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,396,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Warrior to Patriot Citizen: Transition your military service and skills to your new civilian adventure Paperback – May 13, 2017
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Donna Hoffmeyer is an 18 year U.S. Air Force nurse. Her career has spanned both active duty (12 years) and reserves (6 years), with a 4 year stint as a military dependent. Currently, she is a Regional MEDCON Program case manager at Randolph AFB. She has transitioned once; understands the stressors that occur during the process; and knows with planning and the right resources, transition can (and should) be more exciting and less stressful. Kevin Cullis is a USAF veteran, currently a business geek, consultant, and an entrepreneur. He has his Master in Administration as well as 12 years of successful face-to-face experience selling both Macs and PCs to businesses, including three years with Apple as a top salesman. He loves to help entrepreneurs, startups, and small business owners integrate, utilize, and optimize their business ideas, marketing, sales, and business processes for success. As a business geek, the combination of business and computer insights makes him unique to spark and inspire others toward new life adventures and businesses.
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Warrior to Patriot Citizen grabs the attention of its readers with one simple message: You can take the person out of the military, but you cannot take the military out of the person. With this in mind, the author emphasizes the bond between all service-members and veterans that we are never alone in our life endeavors. The purpose of the book is to open your eyes to the indisputable fact that you do not have to transition alone. It accomplishes this objective by listing resources to connect your talents, passions, and skills to the experiences of other veterans to guide your way.
The stories, interviews, and advice in this book come from veterans and service-members of all branches of the military. They apply to a variety of ranks from general officer to the private cutting the sergeant major’s grass. Take time to absorb this easy-to-read book, and complete the review at the end of each chapter to formulate your plan to reach your goals post-military. You are called to take ownership of your transition through creating an “Action Plan” that requires you to be honest with yourself about shaping your future. It identifies and defuses stigmas and taboos that some companies have towards veterans, and gives methods of using your strengths to overcome weaknesses in personality, resumes, and skill sets. Most notably, the book teaches you how valuable and powerful you are as a transitioning service-member or veteran. I recommend this book for any current service-member or veteran that wants to improve their lives in the civilian world.
Mrs. Hoffmeyer even wrote an encouraging message with her autograph, and this speaks to her well-intentions and good spirit.
I am a recently transitioned field artillery officer and served most of my active duty time in Fort Hood, TX. My transition was complicated and clumsy because the process was unclear and confusing. It took forever to formulate my plan because I developed it from scratch and thought of every move on my own. I created a community called Victorious Veterans with the hope of relaying my transition experience to other service-members and veterans with hopes that they can avoid the troubles I encountered. The site is a community of shared-learning experiences that seek to reach audiences who are struggling with the transition process. My goal is to reach the widest possible audience to assure all transitioning service members will be victorious veterans.
I would have been far more successful at conducting a smooth and fear free transition if I knew about Warrior to Patriot Citizen before I started the process to exit the military. I spent many hours researching and compiling the same data and methods explained in the book. I wish I had this book before I spent many frustrating hours finding dead-end, useless information on the web. This book consolidated the facts, processes, and experiences that work to make a veteran successful in transitioning to the civilian world. The book includes the mindset, attitude, and perspective that it takes to excel outside of the military while refraining from losing your identity as a warrior.
My mind and heart were open to the lessons in this book, and I was eager to PUT IN THE WORK that it took to achieve success in life after service. If you embrace this book as a positive challenge and refrain from letting yourself fall into the thinking traps that veterans face, then you too can overcome the trials and tribulations of transitioning back to the civilian world. You too must keep an open mind about yourself, your transition, and your future. This book helps you see the future as an asset and not as a dark place filled with unknowns.
There are 225 pages of content out of the total 284. The 29-page difference comes from the title page, copyright page, dedication page, and note pages altogether. The content in this book is relevant to all service members because everyone transitions at some point. It is never too early to start planning your exit strategy. This book is a concise and details a well-explained plan to help you increase your value in the corporate world, accept your transition out of the military, and improve your life as a civilian. The authors stay true to the notion that you are not in this alone. Many before you have transitioned, and many after you will transition as well, yet the quality of your transition is up to you.
One of the closing chapters highlights the importance of marketing and selling yourself. After addressing how the military has beaten into you that your success is due to a team, the authors acknowledge how uncomfortable it is to brag on yourself. “The key [to marketing and selling yourself] is finding the balance between talking about attributes you bring to the table versus feeling like you're bragging.” You will certainly find it difficult to brag about yourself in an interview, but it is imperative that you highlight your skills and leadership experience to an interviewer. Remember that you never know when a future employer might be observing, and this includes social media. The author says to create or rewrite your social media to reflect the strengths you bring to an organization. Social media has the capability to help or harm you.
If you are struggling with the idea that you are getting out of the military, then read and reread chapter 11. It is called “Veteran’s Quips, Advice, and Letters.” Let the words soak into your head. They will only put your situation into perspective. Do not go through this transition alone; your situation could probably be worse, and embrace the chance to open a new chapter of your life. This transition is your chance to be an entirely new person with the life lessons of your old self.
Hoffmeyer and Cullis are both fellow USAF Airmen: she an 18 year veteran nurse of with both active duty and reserve time, and he a veteran, author, and self-described “business geek”. Both authors combine their considerable experience in and out of the military to produce this great guide to success in transition.
I appreciate the organization of the book a lot. The book has a logical flow, and is divided into relevant chapters addressing the transition both into and out of the military, dealing with injury and wounds suffered on active duty as a veteran, taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and financially, translating military skills into civilian skills, and the art of networking. Twelve chapters in all, including an entire chapter dedicated to web resources organized by topic. At the end of each chapter there’s pages for assembling a personalized action plan, and organizing your thoughts. This enables the veteran to go directly to the chapters most relevant to your own situation.
What makes this guide different--and I think better than other guides--are the personal notes each author adds to the chapters. In addition, there’s two whole chapters dedicated to “lessons learned” and success stories from other veterans. The advice in Chapter 11 “Veteran’s quips, advice, and letters” is from both officers and enlisted personnel, and from all Services. There’s some very handy tips in there, like these:
“Set goals, do not expect to get what you want overnight, work smart; network, network, network. Get involved in volunteer work and help your fellow veterans, take courses, use online information to your advantage...” - W.G., 21 year USMC vet
“You will have failures; expect them. Know that they are learning experiences. Don't shy away from trying something for fear of failure. In the military, you are trained better than you will be in the future corporate world...You will sometimes fail but you are not a failure.” -J.B., 4 year USAF vet.
This is a fabulous guide that I’ll have with me throughout my transition back to civilian life, and I recommend it highly to anyone making the change to “permanent civilian status” after a military career.