From Air Force Band to Entrepreneur: Utilizing Military Skills to Start Your Own Business

Starting your own business can be a daunting task, but for those who have served in the military, the transition can be much smoother. As a 3N2X1 Premier Band in the US Air Force, I learned valuable skills that I now use in my own entrepreneurial journey. From basic training to advanced skills training, I was able to apply what I learned in the military to my own business and achieve success.

During basic training, I learned discipline, teamwork, and time management. These skills were essential in my time in the military and continue to be valuable in my entrepreneurial journey. In my advanced skills training, I learned the intricacies of my job as a Premier Band member, which involved performing music at various events and ceremonies. I honed my musical skills and learned how to effectively communicate with my bandmates to produce a seamless performance.

I soon realized that the skills I acquired in the military could easily be transferred to the business world. For example, my experience in teamwork and communication allowed me to work effectively with my business partners, while my discipline and time management skills helped me stay focused and organized.

Here are the top five skills I received in my job and how I used them in becoming an entrepreneur:

  1. Discipline: Staying focused and determined in achieving my goals was critical in the military, and it's just as important in the business world.

  2. Time management: Knowing how to prioritize my tasks and manage my time is essential in both the military and business worlds.

  3. Communication: The ability to communicate effectively with my team, customers, and partners is key in both environments.

  4. Teamwork: Collaborating with my bandmates in the military taught me the importance of working together to achieve a common goal. This skill is essential in running a successful business.

  5. Adaptability: In the military, I had to be able to adapt to different situations and environments, and this skill is just as important in the business world.

If you're a veteran looking to start your own business, I highly recommend signing up with Veterans First Watch. This organization provides resources and support for veterans who want to start their own businesses, and I've found it incredibly helpful in my own entrepreneurial journey.

In conclusion, being a 3N2X1 Premier Band in the US Air Force taught me valuable skills that I now use in my own business. From discipline and time management to teamwork and communication, my military experience has been instrumental in my success as an entrepreneur. I encourage all veterans to utilize the skills they learned in the military and turn them into a successful business.