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Getting Used to a Less Structured World After the Military

Getting Used to a Less Structured World After the Military

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[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and [louder] reality check, [normal voice] living in the civilian world is not as easy as being in the military. In the military, everything was provided for you. You had your three square meals a day. You had your uniform. You had—your shelter was provided— you either got BAH or you lived in the barracks. The other things is you were told where to be, what time to be there, what uniform to be in, and you didn't have to have any questions— you didn't have to make as many decisions as you do in the civilian world. In the civilian world, everything is totally different. You're pretty much on your own. There's is nobody to be telling you what to do, where to be—things like that. So it takes a high degree of personal engagement to know where you need to be, when you have to pay your bills. You know—if you were making $2,000 in the Army if you were making $5,000 in the Army, and all of the sudden you are out in the civilian world, you make $3,000. Well guess what? It's not going to be the same because you got your rent payments, you've got your mortgage payments, you've got your car payments, you've got all these other expenses— food, entertainment. There's nobody telling you that you have to be at work from this time to this time. You have to go out, convince an employer to hire you, and then show up and keep coming to work every day on your own volition. So think about that as you transition out of the military— transition out of the service—and find ways to budget. It's really important to take a look at how much money you have coming in on a realistic basis, and how much money you have going out also on a realistic basis. If you're spending tons of money on entertainment or tons of money on good times on Friday nights, those are real areas where you can consolidate—kind of tighten things up and save yourself some money and create a sustainable lifestyle for yourself and possibly your family. So think about how that's going to affect you and then share some of your best strategies with everybody else on the message board below. Thanks.

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The military provides three meals a day, shelter, uniforms, and a structured schedule. The civilian side does not. Adam talks about what to be aware of when transitioning from military to civilian life.

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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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