Retired Army Sgt. Major Erick Miyares, now Senior Technical Program Manager for Chenega IT Enterprise Services (CITES) recently wrote a moving piece on his transition from the military into civilian life for Connecting Vets in hopes of it helping someone in a similar position as him. Connecting Vets is a national organization linking military veterans and their families to relevant information, resources, solutions, and each other to help keep camaraderie between active duty and retired military professionals.
Erick enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1991 and then transitioned over to the Army in 1997, taking comfort in understanding what each unit stood for; honor, courage, and commitment. The consistency of the mission, the purpose, the culture, and the highly dedicated professionals, aided Erick through the transition from one branch to the next. Finding a place with similar drives and motivations was extremely important to him when retiring from the military to then join civilian life.
Erick joined Chenega MIOS at the beginning of 2020 after searching on DoD SkillBridge, and organization that partners with private industries to help veterans find jobs, but also for companies to find the workforce that they need for their industries. He started at MIOS under a four-month fellowship program that afforded him with moving away from active duty while also allowing him to use his knowledge and experiences to carry him into his new role. He recommends finding a company that has a mission that you believe in and can focus on to help with your transition.
Erick uses his own experience to offer other helpful advice to those currently in, or approaching the transition process. Learn more of what helped him at Time to Transition on Connecting Vets.