"A ship is safe in port, but that is not what ships are for".
By leaving a tribe that's been safe harbor for many years, we risk a lot.
A military transition is a big step with high stakes. It's about more than just figuring out a new career path, pay scales, and cleaning up your salty language for civilian audiences. By leaving a tribe that's been safe harbor for many years, we risk a lot, but the potential rewards are great. For more on this, check out Sebastian Junger's Tribe, and this podcast interview from 2018.
Below you'll find an introduction to some of the themes and resources we explore in Flex Air's SkillBridge programming for Veterans seeking commercial airline pilot jobs. Are you interested in our SkillBridge programming?
Big Five Personality Inventory
The "Big Five" personality traits (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism) are a useful model for comparing and contrasting personality types. You can take a free, anonymous Big Five test online.
Brief Strengths Test
The Brief Strengths Test at UPENN's Authentic Happiness Project sheds light on your unique strengths. Exercising these strengths regularly can bring happiness and a sense of fulfillment. You'll have to create an account (it's free).
Matching Your Active Duty Income
Be smart about building your personal budget after you separate. Use this calculator to find out how much do you need to earn as a civilian in order to match your current active-duty income.