From Aerospace Propulsion to Entrepreneurship: Leveraging Military Skills to Start Your Own Business

As a 2A6X1 Aerospace Propulsion specialist in the US Air Force, I had the opportunity to learn a wide range of technical and leadership skills that have helped me tremendously in my journey as an entrepreneur. From the rigorous and intense basic training to the advanced skills training, my military background has provided me with the foundation to succeed in the business world.

Basic training taught me discipline, time management, and teamwork, which are critical skills for any entrepreneur. The military lifestyle requires waking up early, working hard, and relying on others to achieve a common goal. These skills have helped me to be organized, prioritize my tasks, and build relationships with my team.

Advanced skills training provided me with the knowledge and experience to operate and maintain aircraft propulsion systems. I learned the ins and outs of engines, transmissions, and fuel systems, and the importance of safety and maintenance procedures. These skills have helped me to be a hands-on leader, problem-solver, and understand the importance of preventative maintenance in my business.

In starting my own business, I have leveraged these skills to create a successful company. For example, my technical expertise has helped me to identify opportunities in the market and develop innovative solutions for my customers. My discipline and time management skills have allowed me to stay focused and efficiently run my business. And my teamwork and leadership skills have allowed me to build a strong and effective team, and provide excellent customer service.

The top 5 skills I received in my job and how I used them in being an entrepreneur are:

  1. Technical expertise: My knowledge and experience with aircraft propulsion systems have allowed me to bring new and innovative solutions to the market.

  2. Discipline: Waking up early and working hard in the military has helped me to be organized and prioritize my tasks in my business.

  3. Time management: In the military, I had to make the most of my time and efficiently complete tasks, which has translated to my business by allowing me to be productive and meet deadlines.

  4. Teamwork: Working with others in the military has taught me the importance of communication and collaboration, which has helped me to build a strong and effective team in my business.

  5. Leadership: My military experience has given me the confidence and experience to lead a team and make difficult decisions in my business.

In conclusion, the skills I learned in the military have been invaluable in my journey as an entrepreneur. If you are a veteran and looking to start your own business, I highly recommend signing up with Veterans First Watch. This organization provides resources and support for veteran entrepreneurs, and has helped me to grow and succeed in my business. Whether you are just starting out or looking to grow your business, Veterans First Watch can help you achieve your goals and succeed as an entrepreneur.