From Locomotive Rep in the US Army to Entrepreneur: Transforming Military Skills into Business Success

As a former Locomotive Rep (88P) in the US Army, I have had the unique opportunity to learn skills that have helped me to transition into entrepreneurship. My time in basic training taught me discipline, teamwork, and the importance of following procedures, skills that have been essential to my success as a business owner. After basic training, I received advanced skills training in which I learned the intricacies of being a Locomotive Rep, including the maintenance and repair of locomotives, and the management of transportation and supply chain logistics. These skills have given me a unique perspective and have helped me to excel in the business world.

One of the key skills I learned in the military that has helped me in entrepreneurship is problem-solving. As a Locomotive Rep, I was trained to diagnose and fix problems with locomotives, and this experience has prepared me for the challenges that come with running a business. Whether it is fixing a mechanical issue or finding a solution to a business problem, my military training has equipped me with the skills I need to tackle challenges and find solutions.

Another skill I gained in the military that has helped me in entrepreneurship is the ability to work under pressure. In the military, I was required to make quick decisions in high-stress situations, and this training has prepared me for the challenges that come with starting and running a business. The pressure and time constraints I faced as a Locomotive Rep have helped me to handle challenges with confidence and a calm demeanor.

A third area where my military training has helped me in entrepreneurship is in my attention to detail. As a Locomotive Rep, I was responsible for ensuring that locomotives were in good working order, 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 teamwork and collaboration. In the military, I worked as part of a team, and this experience has helped me to foster positive working relationships with my employees. By creating a positive work environment, I have been able to motivate my employees and increase productivity, which has led to the success of my business.

In conclusion, my military training as a Locomotive Rep has given me a unique set of skills that have helped me to succeed in entrepreneurship. From problem-solving and working under pressure, to attention to detail and teamwork, 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.