According to the Army Times, "The Army is preparing to launch in March a five-year, nearly 50,000-soldier drawdown, using a combination of accession cuts and voluntary and involuntary separations, similar to the post-Cold War drawdown of the 1990s, according to Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, service personnel chief."
This begs the question; Will you be ready if it happens to you?
By now, there's lots of uncertainty, speculation, and plenty to keep military folks rightly concerned about what MIGHT happen. (Not to mention, all the dialogue and commentary on social media websites.) As more details unfold on this impending drawdown, your potential decisions and plans need to show more clarity, focus, and specifics.
Uniformed Military and Military Spouses need to prepare for anything. You already have plans in place for many aspects of your military life. If you've served or supported someone during deployment, moved to a new duty assignment, changed jobs, or even had a change in your family, you had to make plans and preparations of some sort. Now is the time to get ready just in case your number comes up for leaving the military. So, how can you plan and prepare?
Here are some things that Military Spouses and Uniformed Military can do to prepare:
The fact remains that there's not a whole lot you can do about the final decision once it's made. Look at this as an opportunity to raise the bar for yourself. If you end up staying in, you will be better for it. If you end up having to leave the military earlier than expected, you will be ready for the next chapter of your work life.
Make yourself more marketable. Make a personal, individualized plan for a career inside or outside the military. Make the best of this situation with a positive attitude.
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