Military-to-civilian transition, and back again…

Well, here's our second transition story. While perhaps much less straight forward than our last, there are commonalities, including making the most of training and educational experiences. This story also conveys some of the challenges transition, but there is a message of enduring resilience, fortitude, hope and positivity.

Jim’s story

Reaching a pinnacle after 25 years' military service, Jim went on to reflect on his own career and transition. While Jim has experienced a successful military career and transition overall, both entailed some setbacks, which Jim refers to in the middle of his story below. Essentially, it is a story of success from boy soldier, to Dr McDermott, proving that a military career can lead you on in life. Among the messages though are that taking advantage of training, education and preparation opportunities can be crucial in helping to transition more smoothly.