6 Books to Read When Transitioning Out of the Military

When my husband decided to transition out of the military I scoured the internet for any resource I could find on advice for civilian life. These 6 books gave me the information and skills that I was looking for.


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  1. 2017 US Department of Labor Employment Workshop Participant Guide: Transition from Military to Civilian Workforce – This one has a super long title, but it’s full of information on resume writing, job hunting, negotiating salary, and more. It has sections where you can write in your notes and thoughts. You should get this book when you attend your TAPS/GPS class, but I love this free kindle edition of it so that I can have it with me everywhere I go. Spouses of the active-duty member can attend the TAPS/GPS class! I joined my husband the first time he took the class and I learned a lot about helping him through the military to civilian transition.
  2. Change of Mission: How To Successfully Transition From the Military To The Civilian Working World – This book is great for short and long term preparedness for the day you get out.
  3.  How to Win Friends & Influence People – This book is one of my favorites. It walks you through gaining the skills you need to affectively network and find jobs. It’s not just for military members, their spouses looking for work can learn a lot from this too!  The author also wrote a book specific to the digital age:
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age – As much as some people try to fight it, we live in a digital age. This book touches on some great points of networking and finding jobs digitally.
  5. Business Networking for Veterans: A Guidebook for a Successful Military Transition into the Civilian Workforce (2nd Edition) – This book is written by Veterans who have made the military to civilian transition. They walk you through the realities of civilian life and how to be prepared to thrive in it. My second favorite!
  6. LinkedIn For Military: A Guide to Transitioning from Active Duty to Civilian Life – This short kindle edition book will walk you through how to create a strong media presence through LinkedIn. It’s a great resource for networking and reaching out to those who can help you find a job, or who are looking to hiring. All the advice you need on a LinkedIn profile for just $1!

One thought on “6 Books to Read When Transitioning Out of the Military

  1. Courtneylynne

    June 5, 2017 at 2:10pm

    What a great list! I can only imagine how tough it would be to transition, so this is a great resource

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  2. Nadine Cathleen

    June 5, 2017 at 12:48pm

    I can imagine it to be very difficult to adjust to ‘normal’ life after having been in the military. What a great source of books!

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  3. katriza

    June 4, 2017 at 9:05pm

    Wow I didn’t know how much of a thing this could be! Definitely glad there are books for transitioning!

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  4. Megan

    June 3, 2017 at 9:25pm

    Transitioning out of the military can be very hard for some people. I knew someone who had been in the military for 20+ years, retired as a CWO from the Marine Corps and had the WORST time coming into the civilian world!

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  5. Ravi

    June 3, 2017 at 4:45am

    This is interesting to now information. Will share it with my cousins aspiring to be in military..

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  6. Corinne & Kirsty

    June 2, 2017 at 5:29pm

    I am not in the situation where i’d need to transition and I don’t know anyone but should I be, I’ll remember this post! This is really interesting! I know there are a lot of books out there but I never thought there would be books like these. xx corinne

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  7. David Elliott

    June 2, 2017 at 4:46pm

    So you really like the series of how to win friends and influence people. I know I shouldn’t back off at the title but it always made me feel like they were trying to manipulate people. I don’t know.

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      June 2, 2017 at 5:23pm

      I guess it does kind of sound bad! It’s not though. It’s a book designed to help introverts and military members learn how to leave their comfort zone and communicate with others. The military has their “own language” full of acronyms and phrases that hiring people that weren’t in the military won’t understand. This book walks you through having courage to network and teaches military members the civilian lingo. Such as “the head” in military terms means “the bathroom” in civilian language ( there are probably better examples, but that’s one off the top of my head) so transitioning military members should learn what civilian terms are in order to communicate affectively with others.

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  8. Anosa

    June 2, 2017 at 2:53pm

    Wow these are such a great list. I will send this to my friend who has a military husband.

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  9. Claudia Krusch

    June 2, 2017 at 2:39am

    My friend is going threw the transition right now.. I will have to share this post with her.

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  10. Ana

    June 1, 2017 at 10:55pm

    I have some friends who are in the military and the book on who to win friends and influence people will be ideal for them. Especially if they transition from the military to the Civilian world!

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  11. Chloe

    June 1, 2017 at 10:07pm

    These are so important for the people who serve our country. I know a few people that really struggled when they returned. I will have to pass on this list to them.

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  12. Needa

    June 1, 2017 at 7:46pm

    I will bookmark this !! thanks for share

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  13. Jenn jG

    June 1, 2017 at 2:25pm

    Great Post. There is a lot of things that non-military families do not think of and the things families go through when transitioning out. I will pass this post along to my cousin

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  14. Deanna

    June 1, 2017 at 3:53am

    This is great. I know a few people who could have used these. I will recommend them.

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  15. Amber

    June 1, 2017 at 1:42am

    I will keep these in mind for sure. My husband will be retiring from the Air Force in a few years.

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  16. Kaylee

    June 1, 2017 at 1:15am

    I think this would be great for my older cousin. I will definitely be checking these out, thank you.

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  17. Raine C. S.

    June 1, 2017 at 12:20am

    Thanks for writing this. I’m going to pass thing along to my brother who is in the military. He may well find some of your listed resources very helpful. Important subject, well done, thanks again.

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  18. robin rue

    June 1, 2017 at 12:07am

    Where were these when my husband retired? He seemed to do ok, though 🙂 Great resources!!

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