From MR Machinery Repairman to Entrepreneur: Utilizing US Navy Skills to Succeed in Business

As a former MR Machinery Repairman in the US Navy, I have a wealth of skills and experiences that have helped me transition into entrepreneurship. From the rigorous basic training to the advanced skills training, I learned to adapt, improvise, and overcome any obstacle that comes my way. In this article, I will share my journey from the military to entrepreneurship and how the skills I acquired in the Navy have helped me succeed in my own business.

Basic Training:

Basic training was a challenging but fun-filled experience. The discipline and structure that I learned during that time have stayed with me and helped me become the person I am today. The physical and mental training was tough, but it taught me how to push through adversity and not give up when things get tough. I learned to be a team player, to take orders, and to be accountable. These skills have been invaluable in my journey as an entrepreneur.

Advanced Skills Training:

In advanced skills training, I learned the ins and outs of being a MR Machinery Repairman. I was responsible for maintaining, repairing, and installing various mechanical systems onboard ships and submarines. I learned how to diagnose problems, troubleshoot, and repair complex mechanical systems. I became proficient in welding, machining, and electrical systems, and I learned how to read technical manuals and blueprints. This training gave me a deep understanding of how things work, and it has been an asset in my business endeavors.

Transitioning to Entrepreneurship:

I realized that the skills I learned in the Navy could be applied in many different areas, and I saw entrepreneurship as a way to utilize my skills and experience in a new and exciting way. I started my own business, and I quickly realized that the discipline, attention to detail, and leadership skills I learned in the military were all crucial to my success.

Top 5 Skills Used in Entrepreneurship:

  1. Adaptability: In the military, you have to be able to adapt to changing circumstances quickly, and that skill has served me well in my business. I can pivot when necessary and find new solutions to problems.

  2. Leadership: As a MR Machinery Repairman, I was responsible for leading a team, and I learned how to delegate tasks, motivate, and encourage my team to perform at their best.

  3. Attention to Detail: In the Navy, attention to detail is key, and that has been instrumental in my business. I pay close attention to the details and make sure that everything is done right the first time.

  4. Problem-Solving: In the military, I learned how to diagnose problems, troubleshoot, and find solutions quickly. These skills have been invaluable in my business, where I am always looking for ways to improve and make things better.

  5. Time Management: The discipline and structure of the military helped me develop good time management skills, and I am able to prioritize tasks and get things done efficiently.

Success with Veterans First Watch:

I am proud to be a member of Veterans First Watch, a community of veterans who are using their skills and experiences from the military to succeed in entrepreneurship. Through this community, I have access to resources and support to help me grow my business and succeed in my new venture.

In conclusion, the skills and experiences I gained in the US Navy as a MR Machinery Repairman have been invaluable in my journey as an entrepreneur. I am proud to have served my country, and I am grateful for the opportunities that the military has given me. I encourage all veterans to explore entrepreneurship as a way to utilize their skills and experience from the military and make a successful transition into the civilian sector. With discipline, attention to detail, leadership skills, problem-solving abilities, and time management skills, veterans have the tools to succeed in any business venture they choose. By joining Veterans First Watch, veterans can connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs and get the support they need to grow and succeed in their new businesses. The skills I learned in the military have been instrumental in my success as an entrepreneur, and I am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.