From Aviation Survival Technician to Entrepreneur: How My US Coast Guard Training Made Me a Successful Business Owner

As a former Aviation Survival Technician (AST) in the US Coast Guard, I was trained to handle life and death situations, often in extreme weather conditions, while at sea or in the air. This rigorous training not only taught me how to be a confident and competent professional, but it also equipped me with the skills necessary to become a successful entrepreneur.

Basic training was a fun-filled experience that taught me discipline, teamwork, and how to handle pressure. Every day was a new challenge, and I was pushed out of my comfort zone on a daily basis. I learned to adapt quickly and think critically, skills that I still use today in my business.

My advanced skills training took me to a whole new level. I was trained in complex rescue operations, survival techniques, and aircraft maintenance. These skills not only prepared me for the dangers of being a military technician, but they also provided me with the confidence and know-how to tackle any obstacle that came my way.

The transition from military life to entrepreneurship was a natural one for me. My training in the Coast Guard equipped me with the skills necessary to start and run a successful business. For example, my ability to think critically and adapt quickly to new situations, my strong attention to detail, and my experience in leadership, all contribute to my success as an entrepreneur.

Here are the top 5 reasons why my military training has helped me succeed in entrepreneurship:

  1. Adaptability: My military training taught me to adapt quickly to new situations, which is essential in business.

  2. Attention to Detail: The strict standards of the military made sure I always paid attention to detail, which is crucial in running a successful business.

  3. Leadership: As a military technician, I was often in charge of leading a team, which has translated well into my role as a business owner.

  4. Confidence: The high-stress situations I faced in the military gave me the confidence to tackle any obstacle that comes my way in business.

  5. Problem Solving: The complex rescue operations I was trained in have equipped me with the skills necessary to solve problems quickly and effectively, which is a valuable skill for any business owner.

I am now proud to say that I am the owner of a successful business, and my military training has played a huge role in my success. If you are a veteran looking to start your own business, I highly recommend joining Veterans First Watch. This organization helps veterans start and grow their own businesses by providing resources, mentorship, and support. I am honored to be a part of this community and can't wait to see where my business takes me next.