Getting Out of the Military is a Big Change – The Truth & Why You Should Prepare

A man in Navy camo stands next to himself in a suit with the words "welcome to the rest of your life" inscribed over the top

Welcome to (the rest of) your life

Transitioning from military life back into civilian life is a huge change. Just ask the Pew Research Center (yes this is a clickable link). For one, you will go from knowing exactly what is expected of you at any given time to a world where you must take charge and give your life direction. While military life has taught you how to take charge effectively, deciding which direction to take as a civilian might be much more challenging than you expect.

Military and civilian life coexist side by side, although they seem like two different universes with their own differences. You will now face more financial adjustments than ever before, including medical insurance, housing prices, and the cost of living, which will be new realities.

During the time you were serving your country, the rest of the civilian world was moving quickly along within a competitive job market. Now, as you move out of the military, you will need to transition into civilian life where you will be competing for those same job openings.

Do You Read Me?

At first, it will be like speaking a new language. Unlike the military, which knows all your past accomplishments, you will need to voice and specify how you can help a company succeed. You will need to adjust how you present your skillset, how you communicate your worth to employers, and select the right certifications from companies or programs to assist with this life change.

Aircraft Maintainer serves as a translator for your future hiring manager. We help you get certificates that employers can understand, which will enable you to be hired based on your skills and specialties. You can find a job in the civilian world where you will feel fulfilled and knowledgeable. Additionally, you will have the added benefit of higher pay compared to your counterparts without the certifications you will have.

Advantages We Can Give You

Aircraft Maintainer offers three certifications: the FCC GROL (FCC General Radio Operator License), the FCC GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Safety System), and the NCATT AET (Aircraft Electronics Technician). These certifications are useful in a variety of industries, including airlines, avionics, airwave communications, railroad electronic technicians, railroad signal operators, information technology, and general atomics, just to name a few.

Industry-specific certifications like these can be a game-changer when it comes to advancing your career. They not only demonstrate to employers that you have the skills and knowledge needed for the job, but also show that you are committed to staying current in your field.

Certifications can open up new opportunities, increase your earning potential, and give you a competitive edge over other job candidates. Additionally, obtaining certifications can provide a sense of personal accomplishment and professional growth, leading to a more fulfilling career. So, investing in industry-specific certifications like the FCC GROL and the NCATT AET can be a smart move for anyone looking to advance their career and achieve their professional goals.


TLDR; Speaking the right language can help you get the job you want and the pay you deserve.

So, wanna get your FCC GROL? If you’re active duty Air Force or Army there is tuition assistance to cover this certification – meaning zero out-of-pocket costs. If you work for Boeing, you can get similar tuition assistance through the IAM Boeing Joint Program Education Assistance

If you’re more interested in getting your NCATT AET, then you have similar options! Let us know what you might be interested in by signing up for a course today!