After 20 years in the Navy I have finally retired.
Is there life after the Navy?
Yes. However, there are a lot of things to plan for. Save up three month of pay or leave. Fortunately, I was allowed a long terminal leave. Prepare for rejection. You are over qualified or they are pursuing other candidates. After my third week of receiving constant rejections I felt I was never going to land a job. Depression may set in. Plan for it. Yes, I got down, but I was never out. I kept to my plan and looked for new avenues. I ran a lot. Doing something to get my mind back on track was vital. My biggest break came when we got into town. Indeed posted a job fair and I was on it like cold on ice. Ended up there was a manager looking for someone with my exact skills.
Go to these fairs.
They are free. If there is a fee to attend, my advice is to skip it. Attendance to these fairs should always be free.
Plan for change and be flexible. Remember that you are not alone. The military is a huge network of resources. Use your resources. Talk to your military friends.
The past three months have been hectic, but survivable. We still have a long way to go.But, with each day we are getting closer to normal. The military teaches us stress management. Use the tools that are given.It not the end of the world, although it may feel like it 🙂