From Airman to Entrepreneur: Transforming Military Skills into a Successful Business

As a former 3E6X1 Operations Management airman in the US Air Force, I have the unique opportunity to apply the skills I learned during my time in the military to my new life as an entrepreneur. From the discipline and structure of basic training to the advanced skills training that shaped my career, I am grateful for the experiences that have prepared me for this next chapter.

One of the most impactful aspects of my military experience was the discipline I learned during basic training. The long days, physical demands, and strict schedules were not easy, but they taught me how to manage my time, prioritize my responsibilities, and work as part of a team. These skills have been essential in starting and growing my own business.

My advanced skills training was where I truly honed my abilities in operations management. I was responsible for overseeing multiple departments, ensuring the efficient use of resources, and ensuring that processes were running smoothly. These skills were invaluable in the military and have proven to be even more valuable in my new role as an entrepreneur.

One of the most challenging aspects of starting a business is managing resources. Whether it's time, money, or personnel, it is crucial to allocate resources effectively in order to succeed. My military experience taught me how to manage resources in a way that maximizes efficiency and minimizes waste. This has been crucial in the early stages of my business, as I have been able to make the most of the resources at my disposal.

Another important skill I gained in the military was the ability to work under pressure. The demands of operations management require quick thinking, problem solving, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances. These are all skills that have been essential in starting my business, as I have had to navigate the ups and downs that come with being an entrepreneur.

One of the final skills I gained in the military was the ability to work as part of a team. In operations management, I was responsible for leading and managing a group of people, ensuring that everyone was working together towards a common goal. This has been invaluable in starting my business, as I have had to build a team of employees and partners who are dedicated to helping me succeed.

In closing, I encourage all veterans to explore their entrepreneurial potential and to sign up with Veterans First Watch. This organization provides valuable resources and support for veterans who are starting their own businesses. I have found it to be incredibly helpful as I navigate this new chapter in my life and I am confident that with the skills I gained in the military, I will continue to be successful as an entrepreneur. And the success I have found in my new business is a testament to the power of the skills I learned in the military. I am proud to be using my experience and expertise to create something that is truly my own, and I am grateful for the opportunities that the military has given me.

So, to all my fellow veterans who are considering taking the leap into entrepreneurship, I say this: don't be afraid to take a chance on yourself. Your military experience has prepared you in countless ways for this next step, and with the right resources and support, you can succeed. So, sign up with Veterans First Watch, tap into the skills you have gained in the military, and let's see what amazing things you can accomplish.