How to Decide Which Military Branch is Right for You

If you’ve been considering a career in the military, you may be wondering how to know what branch is right for you. While it’s a hard decision to make, asking yourself these four questions first will help you make an informed choice.


What skills do you already have?

If there is a skill you’re proficient in prior to joining the military, do some research into what branch has careers using that skill. There are over 800 enlisted jobs in the military, meaning it’s likely there’s a position that will be of interest to you. The positions range from language expert, to military IT guy or weapons expert. It’s likely you’ll be able to find a career that interests you and that you’ll be skilled at.


Can you deal with the commitment?

Joining the military isn’t like taking a new job. You can’t quit if things are tough or aren’t what you expected. It’s a multi-year commitment and it won’t always be easy. Read accounts from service members and veterans in every branch. Do plenty of research before signing on to make sure it sounds like what you truly want.


Have you been fully informed?

It’s an unfortunate truth military recruiters aren’t always completely honest about what joining the military will be like. It’s their job to get you to sign up, and they may stretch the truth a little bit in order to get you to do so. Actively listen to your recruiter, and then make a list of all of the questions and concerns you have. This will help prevent you from feeling misled or cheated by your situation.


What do you want to do with your future?

While some people stay in the military for their entire career, others decide to enter back into civilian life after a certain number of years. Before enlisting, think about what you may want to do with your future. While it seems far off, it’ll be here before you know it. You want to be prepared for what is going to come, and make sure you’re on the best path to achieve it.


Where do you want to live?

There are military bases all around the globe. While you don’t have any control over where you get stationed, you can choose to enlist in the branch that has bases in places you would like to live. Research all of the branches of the military and see where their bases are located. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll end up in your top choice base, but picking a branch that has more bases you’d want to live in than not means you’re likely to be happier with your decision.


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How to Add Military Experience to your Resume

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If your time in the military is coming to an end, you may be worrying about the transition back to civilian life. One of the biggest things to get in order is a civilian job. Your military makes you a great fit for leadership opportunities in the corporate world, as long as you know how to frame them correctly. Here are a few tips for including your military experience in your resume.

Avoid military jargon
Titles like Battery Commander, Auxiliary Officer, Equipment Operator, and Assistant G-3 Training Officer sound impressive to others who’ve spent time in the military. But, civilians who have spent no time in the military have little frame of reference to what those titles mean. While in an interview you would be able to explain what these terms mean, recruiters may not select you for an interview if they don’t understand your experience. You want to explain the duties of these titles with the civilian application of your military skills on your resume.

Provide a full picture of your military experience
During your time in the military, you likely worked in a variety of positions that have taught you valuable corporate skills. Include your interpersonal skills gained from coordinating with teammates, subordinates and commanders. Share how you were able to unite these different groups. Whether you were a unit commander or noncommissioned officer, you gained leadership experience throughout your service.


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How to Challenge a VA Appraisal


Purchasing a home is usually one of the largest investments a person can make. This is why it is absolutely critical that you take every detail into account in order to ensure that you are receiving the best possible deal. One of the best ways to do this is by requesting an appraisal of the house, which, essentially, allows you to determine the fair market value of the home. If you are a veteran and are purchasing a home with a loan backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), an appraisal is mandatory. While appraisals help in giving buyers as much knowledge possible in order to make an informed decision, are they always accurate? What if you wanted to challenge that appraisal because you think it’s a bit unfair? Well, today’s blog will provide some tips on how to do just that.

Get Your Information Straight

When requesting an appeal, you aren’t exactly simply asking for a “re-do”; you must present proof that shows that the original appraisal was, in fact, erroneous. In order to do this, you must get all of your information in order and comb over every piece of it. Once you’ve been given the appraisal report, you must read over it in its entirety and create an airtight case, otherwise, you risk wasting your time. Some of the most common mistakes are those related to square footage and additions and renovations that can positively or negatively impact the property’s value.

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Do Military Officers Make the Best CEOs?

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One of the hardest transitions a veteran has when returning from active duty is finding a job. What most people do not realize is former military officers make the best CEOs and business leaders. When looking for experienced leadership, turning to a former military officer will help propel your business to the top.


Every military officer is trained specifically through carefully planned training and educational programs that give them first-hand experience in growing and developing their leadership skills. Once placed with a platoon, an officer can be in charge of leading a group of 50 – 100+ soldiers into combat. This hands-on experience isn’t something that can be duplicated in a classroom full of students receiving their MBA.


Former military officers lead by example. They are not afraid to get involved with their team and help improve productivity, employee morale, and employee engagement throughout their office. Officers are looking to set a positive example as well as a positive behavior throughout to improve the organization they are working for. Former military officers are also experts at accepting change due to the unexpected change that can happen during a military planning session. This can allow them to successfully walk an entire office or team within a department through changes happening within the organization.


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