Taking Your Military Skills to the Next Level: How I Became an Entrepreneur

Being a Personnel Specialist in the US Navy was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. From the grueling days of basic training to the advanced skills training I received, I was able to develop a strong foundation of leadership, attention to detail, and problem solving skills that have served me well in my journey as an entrepreneur.

During my time in the Navy, I was responsible for managing personnel records, conducting investigations, and overseeing personnel programs. I was also trained in advanced skills such as HR policies and procedures, military laws and regulations, and conflict resolution. These skills were honed over the years, and I was able to put them into practice on a daily basis.

When I decided to take the leap and become an entrepreneur, I knew that I had the skills to succeed. I was confident in my ability to manage people, processes, and programs, and I was excited to apply those skills to my own business.

The top five skills that I gained as a Personnel Specialist in the Navy that I have applied to my business are:

  1. Leadership: My time in the Navy taught me how to be a strong leader and motivator. I learned how to inspire my team to reach their goals, and I was able to use these skills to build a successful business.

  2. Attention to detail: As a Personnel Specialist, I was required to be meticulous in my record keeping and reporting. This attention to detail has served me well in my business, as I am able to make sure that every detail is handled with care.

  3. Problem solving: I was trained to identify and resolve problems quickly and efficiently, and this skill has been invaluable in my business. I am able to quickly identify issues and find solutions that work.

  4. Communication: My time in the Navy taught me how to communicate effectively and professionally, and this has been a key factor in my success as an entrepreneur. I am able to communicate my vision and goals to my team and customers, and I am able to build strong relationships as a result.

  5. Adaptability: I was trained to be adaptable and flexible, and this has been crucial in my journey as an entrepreneur. I am able to pivot quickly when circumstances change, and I am able to adjust my strategies to meet the needs of my business.

As I continue to grow my business, I am proud to be a part of Veterans First Watch. This organization provides support and resources to veterans who are starting their own businesses, and I have been able to connect with other veterans who share my passion and drive.

In conclusion, my time in the Navy as a Personnel Specialist was an incredible experience that prepared me for success as an entrepreneur. I am grateful for the skills and knowledge I gained, and I am confident in my ability to continue to grow and succeed in my business. If you are a veteran looking to start your own business, I encourage you to join Veterans First Watch and tap into the incredible resources and support available to you.