Top 10 Military Transition Podcasts


Everyone recommends you find a mentor when you transition out of the military, and you certainly should. Podcasts can both (a) help you find a mentor, and (b) life-hack the need for a mentor until you find the right one. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of 10 Military Veteran Transition podcasts. These podcasts are all geared toward helping veterans transition, and often include interviews with veterans who have had successful civilian careers.

Do you need more convincing? Some of the guests from these shows include veterans such as a former executive vice president of operations for the Walt Disney World Resort; startup creators such as Vet-Tech, Entrepreneurs on Fire, Broughton Hotels, and Two Men and a Truck; a game writer on "Game of Thrones" (the author of this article); a writer and artist of the military comic Terminal Lance; and many more.

The Podcasts:

SuccessVets (Byron Chen)

Recent episodes include:

Command Your Business (Scott Fussell)

Recent episodes include:

Veteran On the Move (Joe Crane)

Recent episodes include:

Military Entrepreneur Show (Dan Evans)

Recent episodes include:

Military Veterans in Creative Careers (Justin Sloan, Jennifer Marshall, Trevor Scott)

Recent episodes include:

Lead like a Marine (Frank Gustafson)

Recent episodes include:

  • Darryl Lyons, Author, Small Business Big Pressure, Veteran Advocate
  • Chris Kennedy, Ph.D., U.S. Navy Pilot, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

In The Trenches (Tom Morkes)

Recent episodes include:

The Military Wallet Podcast (Ryan Guina)

Recent episodes include:

Veteran Transitions Podcast (Craig Mayville)

Recent episodes include:

  • Chris Henry, Former Marine Sergeant and HMH-463 Air Framer
  • Lou, former Marine Staff Sergeant and CH-53 Mechanic

Mentors for Military Podcast (Scott Kinder, Rudy Lindsey, Mike Pritts, Kat Kaelin)

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Want a bonus one? Entrepreneurs On Fire has been super successful and has included guests such as Seth Godin and Pat Flynn (big names in the podcasting world). It was started by veteran John Lee Dumas.

How to Use These Podcasts

Each of the above podcasts covers military transition, but in their own way. For example, Gustafson's Lead Like a Marine podcast focuses on leadership and discovering your passion in the workplace, The Military Wallet is more focused on leveraging your benefits to succeed, and the Military Veterans in Creative Careers podcast focuses on veterans who want to transform their creative interests into careers.

The advice from these podcasts is immensely valuable, both as you start your transition and as you continue on your career. Look to these speakers and guests as your virtual mentors and, if nothing else, for some great inspiration. If you like a guest and want to connect, find their email (sometimes their contact information is included in the "show notes" -- the information provided in the link to their episodes on the websites or within iTunes). Plenty of other helpful military transition podcasts are out there, too, so don't stop with these ones.

If you have a story to tell, contact the podcast hosts and ask to be on the show. They are always looking for more guests, and they look forward to hearing your story.

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