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Old 10-28-2014, 07:42 PM
 
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US Navy machinist mate, worked in the engine room of a steam driven ship. Was also the division's DCPO or damage control petty officer. This means I was in charge of inspecting, maintaining, and repairing the emergency lighting and fire fighting equipment.

My job as a machinist mate transferred directly to my current job working in a hospital boiler room. My job also means I'm the first responder for non-medical emergencies like fire. My Navy fire fighting training and experience has helped with my response to small fires at work and home to prevent them from becoming big fire.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:38 AM
 
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Yes, electronics technician Navy..

Have worked in the Telecommunications field since leaving the Navy in 94...
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Fuquay Varina
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Sort of kind of not really.

I was an Interior Communications Tech in the navy. I now work on Govt Telephone systems.

The navy sent me to schools and all but really the only thing that carried over directly was the troublshooting skills I learned. Everything else has changed too much to relate otherwise.
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:49 AM
 
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The whole ejection seat mechanic thing didn't pan out for me. On the other hand, I was a military instructor and the job included cryogenics (LOX/LIN) so that stuff looks good on a resume.

When I got out of acft maintenance it was because I just wasn't into that career field. I switched to the Civil Engineer Squadron and loved it. Facility maintenance, for some reason, is it for me. So that's where I am in my civilian job but I tend to find work with military organizations.

Being a vet, in and of itself, is a resume booster!
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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As a logistician I say yes, getting the right thing to the right place at the right time has application anywhere.

I have done OK as a civilian.
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:28 AM
 
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Oh yea! But I planned to make that happen before I ever signed up for the Army....my dad said, make sure whatever you decide, make sure it will equate to civillian skills...

I went in Army Aviation, stayed for 21 years, walked into a GREAT job in........Aviation working as a contractor for the Army..I love this job....and now I help my brothers and sisters who fly Army helicopters be safe and provide parts that meet the Army Critical Safety Item program!
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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I worked in the fabrication branch for the Air Force and worked in the corrosion control shop. I panted everything from ground support equipment to missiles and aircraft. I have had a life long hobby of restoring older cars and love it. Thankfully I don't do that for a living though, but it's made for a great hobby.
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Old 10-29-2014, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Duluth, MN
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What has helped me has been more indirect.

I was an infantryman in the Marine Corps. Being taught self-discipline, leadership principles, and integrity has enabled me to excel in any job I've held since leaving active duty.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman for four years, and worked in both clinical and administrative areas of the hospital. I had a pretty good understanding of how hospitals functioned by the time I left. Since my departure, I've worked in health care organizations for the past 35 years.

I had more than a few enlisted servicemen from all branches tell me they wished their military occupation corresponded more directly to something in the civilian world.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:35 AM
 
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I was an aircrewman. Nothing I did there relates to what I do now. Although the discipline and attention to detail is something that I still use.

Maintenance Officer - more or less management of people. Nothing really applicable to the civilian world besides general management skills.

I work in government finance now. Nothing I did in the military can compare to it. I am thankful that I learned how to get the job done and be self disciplined. That's the key to success in the civilian world.
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