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10 Ways Your Body Language Can Send the Wrong Message

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In the military, body language sends definitive messages of respect, authority, rank, and compliance. In the civilian world, the subtleties of body language account for much of how information is communicated (or miscommunicated!). Studies have shown that non-verbal communication (body language, tone, and posturing) accounts for a huge part of how information is received. For instance, if a mother reprimands her toddler and smiles or gi... more

Asking for Career Help is Not a Sign of Weakness

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I despise asking for help. I hate feeling weak. I refuse to feel vulnerable. If avoidable, I do not ever want to owe anybody anything. I prefer to take care of things myself, and I certainly don't need to pay for any service to improve me when I am already well-equipped. These are all thoughts that I and many other service members and veterans tend to have. Service members work in an environment that fosters leaders – they simply... more

Famous Veterans: Clint Eastwood

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On a trip home to Seattle to visit his parents and girlfriend, Eastwood caught a ride aboard a Navy plane at Moffett Field. On the ride back aboard a Navy torpedo bomber, the plane developed engine trouble and was forced to make a water landing off San Francisco. Eastwood was forced to swim over a mile through the tide to shore. It was while on duty at Ft. Ord that Eastwood met fellow soldiers and actors Martin Milner ("Route 66"), David J... more

Five Hot Jobs for Ex-Military Personnel

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The US military is arguably the best-trained workforce in the world, and personnel who leave military service have skills that translate to virtually any career. Here's a look at five popular jobs that give the men and women who've served our country an opportunity to make a difference and move up. Information Technology Specialist Former members of the military have worked with some of the most advanced technology in the world. They can use... more

What's My Sense of Purpose?

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A veteran I'll call Bob has a good job as a branch manager of a successful company and a loving wife and children. Yet when we met 15 months ago through the ACP website, he was struggling with personal issues related to transitioning out of the Army. Bob recently recalled my assurance then that civilian jobs serve a purpose when he wrote, "I'm still lacking the sense of purpose I had in Iraq and Kosovo and could really use a fresh point ... more

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