From Parachute Rigger (92R) to Entrepreneur: How My Military Skills Transformed My Business Dreams into Reality

As a former Parachute Rigger (92R) in the US Army, I have a unique set of skills and experiences that have helped me transition into entrepreneurship. My journey started with basic training, where I learned the importance of discipline, teamwork, and leadership. From there, I went on to receive advanced training in the field of parachute rigging, where I was taught how to properly inspect, pack, and repair parachutes for safe deployment.

While serving in the military, I developed a passion for entrepreneurship and started to think about how I could use the skills I had learned to start my own business. I knew that my advanced skills in parachute rigging would be an asset to any entrepreneurial venture, and I was eager to put them to use.

In this article, I will share the top five skills I received from my job as a Parachute Rigger (92R) and how I used them in my entrepreneurial journey.

  1. Attention to Detail As a Parachute Rigger, attention to detail is key to ensuring the safety of the troops. In my business, I bring this same level of attention to detail to every aspect of my operations, from accounting to customer service. This attention to detail has helped me to maintain high standards and ensure customer satisfaction.

  2. Problem-Solving In the military, I was often faced with unexpected challenges and had to think on my feet to find solutions. This same problem-solving ability has served me well in my business, where I am constantly faced with new challenges and must find innovative solutions to keep my business running smoothly.

  3. Time Management As a Parachute Rigger, I was required to complete tasks quickly and efficiently. This has translated well into my business, where I have a keen sense of time management and am able to prioritize my tasks to ensure that my business runs smoothly.

  4. Adaptability In the military, I had to adapt to new environments and situations, and I have brought this adaptability to my business. I am able to quickly adjust to new market conditions and changes in customer demand, allowing me to stay ahead of the competition.

  5. Teamwork Working as a Parachute Rigger, I was part of a team that relied on each other for success. In my business, I continue to foster a team environment, where everyone is working together towards a common goal. This teamwork has helped me to achieve success and build a strong, supportive culture within my company.

I am now proud to say that I have successfully transitioned from a Parachute Rigger (92R) to an entrepreneur, and I am thriving in my new venture. However, I know that this journey would not have been possible without the support of organizations like Veterans First Watch. This organization helps veterans like myself to transition from military life to entrepreneurship, providing resources and support to help us succeed.

If you are a veteran looking to start your own business, I encourage you to sign up with Veterans First Watch. With their help, you can turn your military skills and experiences into a successful entrepreneurial venture.

In conclusion, my journey from Parachute Rigger (92R) to entrepreneur has been filled with challenges, but it has also been incredibly rewarding. I am grateful for the skills and experiences I gained in the military, and I am proud to have used them to build a successful business. If you are a veteran with entrepreneurial aspirations, I encourage you to consider the skills you gained in the military and how they can be applied to your own business. With the right support and resources, you too can turn your military experiences into a thriving business.