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  •  The trick is getting that military experience (19+ / 0-)

    translated into civilian terms, both on the resume and during the job interviews. The former is not too hard, there are services that can do that through IAVA, the VA and retiree affairs. The latter will require some practice. I spent 21 years in the Air Force and I had to learn to think and speak civilian again when I retired. It was not easy, but it is possible.

    I hope this helps. Our veterans are an invaluable and experienced resource that many corporations overlook because of the cultural differences. Officers have an easier time getting good gigs, for us enlisted folks, it takes more time and effort. Best of luck to your friend. Thanks for posting!

    Guns are never the principle in the commission of a crime, but they are usually an accomplice

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 01:16:30 PM PST

    •  Its hard sometimes to even get it translated to (8+ / 0-)

      college transcripts, and some duties are classified so one can have loads of valuable experience, but no way to communicate that legally to a potential employer.

      As far as the PSTD stuff. --Attention Diarist:

      I would ask him to look into a supplement called GABA.

      GABA is used by some people to treat for anxiety and to help with sleep disruptions. It quiets the brain a bit, so that if one is moderately anxious, it might bring the intensity down, or at least take the edge off.

      When one is tired, and you take this, it helps you remain asleep. You are less likely to wake up easily at slight noises. I am able to get deeper sleep with this supplement, even when I am anxious. The only thing I like better than this, is Melatonin.

      I am sure that this person is on prescription drugs, so I would not recommend taking this in conjunction with those without consulting a pharmacist and a physician. But it would not hurt if you or your friend did a bit of research. It could be a possible method of dealing with interviews or situations where there are crowds and noise.

      •  What is in GABA, and where do you get it? n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

        by concernedamerican on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:28:09 PM PST

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        •  GABA is a nutritional supplement (1+ / 0-)
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          It's a chemical normally produced in the brain.

          GABA is an acronym for Gamma Amniobutyric Acid. It is a neurotransmitter found in our brains. You can buy GABA as a supplement from health food and nutritional supplement distributors.

          GABA is found in certain foods as well, and if you do a search on the acronym, you can find a list of those foods to increase your intake nutritionally.

          Some people take GABA and report no effects, and others find significant relief, so opinions vary on it's effectiveness.

          I will say, that when the body experiences chronic stress, especially at the high levels that are produced by PTSD--that a lot of deficiencies happen within the body as a result, and that can exacerbate the symptoms.

          Perhaps I should amend my post and recommend that the person in question, consider seeing a Naturopath-Doctor.

        •  The prescription version (0+ / 0-)

          is gapapentin (aka neurontin).

          Has indications for pain, anxiety, seizures etc. Long off patent so it is a  generic. The diarists friend can probably discuss an rx through his psychiatrist,

    •  Not a Trick (7+ / 0-)

      It's what's always has been reality, human nature, human intelligence as beings, humans as never stop learning on a daily basis along with curiosity and more, and the collapsing of even recognizing as everyone now is ingrained to spend tens of thousands with promises that a piece of paper and most not needing nor should be going for. Just look at some of these majors that they take and get degree's in and companies making up positions to fill that need of the promises made, the construction industry has been ruined here in this country, to many paper pushers and few trades that care about getting better because they don't get respect nor compensation for giving more, and that lack of respect now crosses all forms of employment. You get back would you give and with stagnant and falling comp nobody is going to go that extra mile even once let alone consistently!!

      The military is mostly made up of the grunts. They go to a few weeks of boot, then training in many different forms needed to fill the military needs, a society on it's own, even those so called just combat military are now highly trained, in short note, on the technologies today. All have to have a working knowledge especially if going on patrols in case one goes down another picks up and takes over what they were doing. And like I said above they aren't college grads with a piece of paper, in a matter of weeks they are trained to perform and continue that once on the job which brings those advances in rank as well as them training the new!!!

      “We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —Gen Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the VA

      by jimstaro on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 04:41:45 PM PST

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    •  True about translation of military experience (8+ / 0-)

      Not long ago, I reviewed the resume of a retired Army enlisted man I had worked with for several years.  

      I knew he had long experience in health care materials management, but no way a civilian manager could have pulled that from the military terms and titles in his resume.  He ended up getting a new job within the military world before I needed to sit down with him to rework it in civilian terms.  

      I suspect that, despite my familiarity with what much of the work he had done, the civilian translation would have taken a full day sit down.  

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