Friday, March 20, 2009

Preparing for a post-military career

Guest blogger: Stew Smith

As with any mission you planned for in the military, you can use the same process of thinking for your future civilian career. In fact, I still use the standard three phases of the execution part of SEAL mission planning for just about all of my decisions.

INSERTION - Think of what you want to do for a living. Ask yourself, if I could do anything for a profession, this is what I would want to do. Get that IDEA/MISSION inserted into your brain.

INFILTRATION - How are you going to get to your Idea/Mission? Think of three optional courses of action that will get you to the same target.

ACTIONS ON OBJECTIVE - Once you are AT your objective - Create a plan to getting through the objective. Example - you may have spent the last year preparing for law school entrance exams. Now you have to figure out a plan to complete the task at hand - getting through law school.

Always make a plan with contingencies as things happen that are out of your control and there is always a way to get the job done - you just have to think creatively and plan accordingly.

Remember your support - Your support network helped you in the military, now you have to realize your support element has changed. You now have family, friends, financial situation, emotional/spiritual, and of course your SELF. Sometimes "the best support is your own support".


Stew Smith is a former Navy SEAL, and author of several fitness and self defense books such as The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Maximum Fitness, and SWAT Workout. Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and as military fitness trainer, Stew has trained hundreds of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, FBI, ERT and many other law enforcement professions. See him at

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