Injuries are the leading cause of death among active duty members of the US armed forces, with some of the most common injury types including head and musculoskeletal injuries. Despite their severity, injuries are not necessarily the main reasons why so many talented officers are abandoning military life for the private sector. As reported in The Atlantic, many officers complain of a command structure in the armed forces that prizes conformism over merit, thus wresting one’s ability to achieve great things in the entrepreneurial or tech sphere. If you are an officer who has decided to take a plunge into civilian life, what steps should you take to increase your chances of success in technological sectors?
Discovering Your Legal Rights
Making the switch to civilian life and honing your skills and knowledge in a tech-centered area like IT, AI or blockchain technology will require a period of study, and therefore, a considerable investment of time and money. If the injury you have encountered during your service was caused by military medical malpractice, then seeing a legal specialist is key, as you may be entitled to significant damages that will help you make the desired transition into the private sector. The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act permits active duty military personnel and their next of kin to file for personal injury or death caused by military medical providers, though service members still cannot file such claims for personal injuries caused by medical malpractice in a combat zone.
Ubiquitous connectivity and the rise of the Internet has vastly changed the business landscape, with cyber-physical systems now wielding great influence over the way people work and conduct business. Regardless of the sector you choose to prove your business savvy in, honing your skills in cyber-physical systems (which fuse the physical, digital, and biological words via AI, robotics, genetic engineering, the Internet of Things, quantum computing, and more technologies) will enable you to shine against your competitors at the hiring stage. Indeed, technologies such as AI are being used in everything from car manufacturing to marketing. Even if you decide to invest in an area like sales or management, developing a foundational understanding of technologies like AI and cybersecurity are important for working alongside others and leading teams.
Relying On Vital Resources
If you are interested in updating your knowledge prior to applying for business jobs in the private sector, check out resources which are catered to officers leaving the military. CareerOneStop – a site sponsored by the US Department of Labor – is a good place to start. This site enables you to take skills assessments, view career profiles, and plan your career. It also offers information about salary expectations, required licenses and more. The site has a dedicated Veteran and Military Transition Center, which matches vets up with employers, helps spouses find employment, and provides information regarding available apprenticeships.
If you have sustained an injury, the first step is to sort out your legal rights. If medical negligence or malpractice was involved, obtaining damages will enable you to take the time you may need to hone key skills – including those that make up cyber-physical systems. You should also consult dedicated sites catered towards vets making the important transition into the private workforce.
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