From EOD to Entrepreneur: How My Military Skills Transformed Me into a Successful Business Owner

As a veteran of the US Navy, I had the privilege of serving as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) technician. My time in the military was filled with intense physical and mental training, from basic boot camp to advanced skills training. The experience I gained as an EOD technician has proven to be invaluable in my journey as an entrepreneur.

Basic training taught me discipline, attention to detail, and the importance of teamwork. I learned to take care of myself and my equipment, as well as to rely on others when the situation called for it. These skills would later serve me well in my own business.

Advanced skills training taught me how to handle and dispose of dangerous ordnance, as well as how to conduct investigations and perform searches. I learned how to work under pressure, and how to assess and manage risk. These skills are not just applicable to handling ordnance but are transferable to the world of business.

As a business owner, I have had to make quick decisions, handle multiple tasks at once, and manage risk on a daily basis. My military experience has allowed me to do this with confidence and success.

Here are the top 5 skills I received in my job as an EOD technician and how I used them in my entrepreneurship journey:

  1. Attention to detail: In the military, attention to detail is crucial when handling dangerous ordnance. As a business owner, this skill has allowed me to meticulously plan and execute my business strategies, ensuring success.

  2. Risk management: As an EOD technician, I learned to assess and manage risk in potentially life-threatening situations. This skill has translated well into my business, where I must assess and manage risk in all aspects, from financial decisions to personnel management.

  3. Teamwork: In the military, teamwork is key to success. As a business owner, I have learned to surround myself with a supportive team, who share my vision and work together towards common goals.

  4. Decision-making: In the military, quick and effective decision-making is essential. As a business owner, this skill has allowed me to make informed and confident decisions, leading to the growth and success of my business.

  5. Adaptability: In the military, the ability to adapt to changing circumstances is crucial. As a business owner, this skill has allowed me to adapt to changes in the market, technology, and the economy, ensuring my business stays relevant and competitive.

In conclusion, my time as an EOD technician in the US Navy has given me valuable skills and experiences that have helped me become a successful entrepreneur. I am proud to be part of Veterans First Watch, an organization that helps veterans transition into successful business owners. With the support of Veterans First Watch, I am confident in my ability to continue to grow and succeed in my business.