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The ability to share resources is the most underrated skill transitioning service members can bring to the civilian workforce.

 

It's tempting to roll into the civilian work environment with our own resources to display our value, prove our worth, offer solutions to problems we know nothing about.

 

There's an old story from my first flight in the Air Force that I love.

 

Our flight chief was retiring so his replacement PCS'd in and started showing up to work.

 

He would stand in the back of formation at the start of every shift, and he would be quiet.

 

He would walk around the flight line to observe maintenance operations, and he would be quiet.

 

He would attend Load Barn to observe loading operations, and he would be quiet.

 

It felt like six months before he ever said a word, but when he did start speaking and leading and making changes, he had established credibility through listening and observing.

 

His resources were tested and measured against the resources we were already working with so instead of replacing our resources, he shared and integrated them with his.

 

Terminal leave is too late. Do the work that's right in front of you, and see what happens.

 

✍🏼 My name is Carey Kight. I was a flight line weapons troop in the Air Force. Now I help veterans build ⚡️SKILLS⚡️ to successfully transition from service-to-civilian.

 

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