From Mortuary Affairs Specialist to Entrepreneur: How My Military Skills are Paving My Path to Success

When I joined the US Army as a Mortuary Affairs Specialist (92M), I had no idea that the skills I would learn would be the foundation of my future entrepreneurial endeavors. Basic training was grueling, but it was also fun-filled as I formed lasting bonds with my fellow soldiers. My advanced training was when I truly learned the skills that would serve me well in the future.

As a Mortuary Affairs Specialist, I was responsible for ensuring the proper handling and identification of fallen soldiers. I learned how to process remains, maintain mortuary records, and provide support for bereaved families. I also developed exceptional attention to detail, strong communication skills, and a deep sense of empathy.

The skills I acquired as a Mortuary Affairs Specialist have been invaluable in my transition to entrepreneurship. Here are the top five skills I brought with me:

  1. Attention to detail: In my job, every detail mattered, from the proper placement of identification tags to ensuring every record was properly kept. This same level of attention to detail has been critical in my new business, where I ensure every aspect is handled with care and precision.

  2. Communication: In my job, I had to communicate with families in times of great sadness, and I learned how to do so with compassion and empathy. This skill has been crucial in my new business, where I have to communicate with clients, vendors, and partners.

  3. Problem solving: In my job, I had to be able to think on my feet and find solutions to complex problems. This skill has translated well to my new business, where I am constantly faced with new challenges and have to find innovative solutions.

  4. Leadership: As a Mortuary Affairs Specialist, I was responsible for leading a team, and I learned how to delegate tasks and provide guidance. This skill has been critical in my new business, where I am the boss and must make decisions that impact my team and my company.

  5. Adaptability: In the military, I learned how to be flexible and adjust to new circumstances quickly. This skill has been essential in my new business, where I have had to pivot my strategy multiple times to adapt to changes in the market.

I am proud to have served my country as a Mortuary Affairs Specialist, and I am grateful for the skills I acquired that have helped me become an entrepreneur. If you are a veteran looking to start your own business, I encourage you to sign up with Veterans First Watch. This organization is dedicated to helping veterans achieve their entrepreneurial goals and offers valuable resources and support.

I am proud to say that I am succeeding in my new business and am grateful for the skills I learned as a Mortuary Affairs Specialist. Whether you served in the military or not, the skills you acquire in any job can be applied to your future endeavors and help you achieve success.

As a veteran-owned business, I also understand the importance of supporting other veterans in their entrepreneurial pursuits. That’s why I highly recommend joining organizations like Veterans First Watch, where you can connect with other veteran entrepreneurs and receive guidance and support in your journey.

Starting a business is not easy, but with the skills you acquired in the military and the support of organizations like Veterans First Watch, you have the tools you need to succeed. Whether you are interested in starting a new business from scratch or transitioning from a career in the military to entrepreneurship, know that you have the skills and determination to make it happen.

In conclusion, being a Mortuary Affairs Specialist in the US Army taught me valuable skills that have helped me in my entrepreneurial journey. From attention to detail, to leadership, to problem-solving, these skills have been critical in my success as a business owner. If you are a veteran considering entrepreneurship, I encourage you to pursue your dreams and take advantage of the resources and support available to you. Together, we can continue to build successful businesses and contribute to the growth of our communities.