From Allied Trade Specialist to Entrepreneur: Utilizing Military Skills for Business Success

As a former Allied Trade Specialist (91E) in the US Army, I have learned skills that have helped me to transition into the world of entrepreneurship. My days in basic training taught me discipline, teamwork, and the importance of following procedures, skills that have helped me to succeed as a business owner. After basic training, I was sent to advanced skills training, where I learned the ins and outs of being an Allied Trade Specialist, including electrical, plumbing, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. These skills have given me a unique perspective and have helped me to excel in the business world.

One of the ways my military training has translated into entrepreneurship is in my ability to problem solve. As an Allied Trade Specialist, I was trained to diagnose and repair electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, and this experience has given me the ability to think critically and creatively when faced with problems in my business. I have learned to analyze a situation, identify potential solutions, and implement the best course of action, leading to effective problem solving and greater success in my business.

Another skill I learned in the military that has been invaluable in entrepreneurship is the ability to work independently. In the military, I was often required to work alone on projects, and this training has prepared me for the challenges of running a business, where I must make decisions and work independently on a daily basis. The independence I developed in the military has given me the confidence to take the lead in my business and to make decisions that drive success.

A third area where my military training has helped me in entrepreneurship is in my attention to detail. As an Allied Trade Specialist, I was responsible for ensuring that electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems were installed and maintained correctly, and this attention to detail has carried over into my business, where I have learned to pay close attention to the details of my operations and to make sure that everything is done right. This attention to detail has helped me to minimize mistakes and to ensure that my business is run smoothly and efficiently.

Finally, my military training has taught me the importance of time management. In the military, I was required to complete tasks within a specific time frame, and this experience has helped me to manage my time effectively in my business. I have learned to prioritize tasks, allocate my time effectively, and manage my workload, leading to greater productivity and success in my business.

In conclusion, my military training as an Allied Trade Specialist has given me a unique set of skills that have helped me to succeed in entrepreneurship. From problem solving and working independently, to attention to detail and time management, my military experience has provided me with the tools I need to succeed in the business world. If you are a veteran looking to transition into entrepreneurship, I highly recommend signing up with Veterans First Watch. This organization offers resources and support for veterans looking to start a business, and I have found their support to be invaluable in my journey as a business owner.