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When Experience Doesn’t Count

A report on veterans’ transition concentrating on Clarksville and Nashville, Tenn., warns age and length of service “is a significant obstacle” for some soldiers looking for their first private-sector job because older troops have been removed longer from civilian culture. “Some individuals who entered the military directly from high school often lacked the breadth of experience to see the parallels between their military experiences and civilian workforce needs,” says the report by Fred Mael of Mael Consulting and Coaching.

What to watch: The ability to show planning and forethought—such knowing where you are going to live after leaving the Army and having longer-term professional goals—is a way to avoid the culture gap. Regularly networking with recent retirees who can provide coaching on cultural differences can also help, Mael writes.


from AUSA’s 5 Things #4 Veterans Want Community Connections Veterans are looking for community activities such as recreation, connection with other veterans and volunteer opportunities, according to results of a community integration survey conducted by America’s Warrior Partnership, a nonprofit organization connecting service members and veterans with local veteran-centric nonprofits. “Our nation’s warriors are looking for… Continue Reading

from AUSA’s weekly 5 Thinks #3 An A-10 Alternative The A-10 Thunderbolt, a close-air support and ground attack plane beloved by ground troops since its introduction in the mid-1970s, is slated for retirement beginning in 2022, although there is some talk about upgrading the aircraft, known as the Warthog, so its service life could be extended… Continue Reading

Why were they called “doughboys” The History Channel It’s unknown exactly how U.S. service members in World War I (1914-18) came to be dubbed doughboys—the term most typically was used to refer to troops deployed to Europe as part of the American Expeditionary Forces—but there are a variety of theories about the origins of the… Continue Reading

Continuing to Continue The White House and Congress spent most of last week negotiating a bipartisan spending agreement for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, 2016 but they couldn’t quite work out the details on several items, including how much extra money might to go the Army and Defense Department. The Army stands to… Continue Reading

Army Well-Represented in Congress When the 115th Congress convenes on Tuesday, Jan. 3, more than half of the veterans serving in the House of Representatives and 10 veterans serving in the U.S. Senate will have Army backgrounds. Three of the 10 Army veterans in the Senate have post-9/11 service, as do five of the 44… Continue Reading

KC AUSA Calendar of Events  28 SEP 2017  Meet Your Army 2017  25 OCT 2017  YP Happy Hour & Social  09 NOV 2017  Lunch & Learn 09 DEC 2017  Army vs Navy Game Watch Party 10 JAN 2018 The Purple Connection  23 JAN 2018 Army Birthday Celebration  21 FEB 2018 KC AUSA FUnd Raiser  27… Continue Reading


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