From Air Force SERE to Entrepreneur: How Military Skills Transferred to Business Success

As a 1T0X1 Survival Evasion, Resist & Escape (SERE) specialist in the US Air Force, I learned valuable skills that have not only helped me in my military career, but also in my journey as an entrepreneur. The experiences I gained during basic and advanced training have shaped me into the confident and successful business owner I am today.

During basic training, I learned the importance of perseverance and discipline. Those long, grueling days of physical and mental challenges taught me to never give up and to always push through even in the toughest of situations. This was a crucial lesson that has translated well into the business world, as starting and growing a business often involves overcoming obstacles and persevering through tough times.

My advanced skills training as a SERE specialist taught me the importance of attention to detail and quick thinking. In high-pressure situations, I was trained to remain calm and analyze the situation to make the best decisions for my safety and the safety of my team. These skills have been invaluable in my business, where quick thinking and attention to detail can mean the difference between success and failure.

I have taken the skills I learned in the military and applied them to my business in several ways. For example, my ability to remain calm and think critically under pressure has helped me make sound decisions during high-stress situations in my business. My attention to detail and focus on organization has helped me stay on top of tasks and meet deadlines efficiently.

Here are the top 5 skills I received in my job and how I used them in my entrepreneurship:

  1. Perseverance - I never give up and always push through, even in the toughest of situations.

  2. Discipline - I remain focused and on task, even when faced with distractions.

  3. Attention to detail - I pay close attention to every aspect of my business, ensuring nothing falls through the cracks.

  4. Quick thinking - I am able to analyze situations and make sound decisions quickly, even under pressure.

  5. Organization - I stay organized and on top of tasks, ensuring everything runs smoothly in my business.

In conclusion, the skills I learned as a 1T0X1 SERE specialist in the US Air Force have been instrumental in my success as an entrepreneur. I encourage all veterans to sign up with Veterans First Watch, a program that helps veterans transition into successful business owners. With the support and resources provided by Veterans First Watch, I am confident that I will continue to succeed in my business and make a positive impact on my community.