Military Ink: Tattoos, Veterans, and Employment

In 1991, an “Iceman” was discovered near the Italian-Austrian border. Carbon-dated at approximately 5,200 years old, the Iceman was found to have tattoos all over his body. Tattooing is a practice (or an art form, as some would argue) that dates back thousands of years and has historically been used to symbolize high status, low status, criminal status, military status, illness, injury, or religious affiliation. In some cases it has even been used as a memory aid. Mummified remains and written records reveal the occurrence of tattoos and tattooing in ancient civilizations all over the world. In fact, in the body modification realm, tattooing predates piercing by over 7,000 years. That’s all very interesting, but does it mean you should finally bite the bullet and get that star-spangled full sleeve you’ve always dreamed of? You know, the one that proudly proclaims, “These Colors Don’t Run” in Old English font? You might want to mull over whether or not it could hurt your post-service job prospects first.

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Professional Networking 101, Episode 6: Situational Awareness and Context Clues

In Professional Networking 101, Adam Braatz of postmilitarypro.com shares insights and experiences related to professional network development — usually while traversing to/from a networking connection.

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3 Hidden Benefits of Volunteerism for Veterans

“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”

― James Doolittle

I remember the golden age of enlisted performance reports. In the Air Force at least, it seemed like there was a sure-fire hack to land a quarterly award or “firewall 5” (getting the highest possible rating in all performance categories): volunteering. Continue reading “3 Hidden Benefits of Volunteerism for Veterans”

Professional Networking 101, Episode 5: Cancellations, Reschedules, and No-Shows

In Professional Networking 101, Adam Braatz of postmilitarypro.com shares insights and experiences related to professional network development — usually while traversing to/from a networking connection.

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Professional Networking 101, Episode 4: Reaching Out, Confirming, and Following Up

In Professional Networking 101, Adam Braatz of postmilitarypro.com shares insights and experiences related to professional network development — usually while traversing to/from a networking connection.

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Veteran’s Roundtable: Experiences, Successes, Advice, Regrets

I have heard the words “I wish I would have known” from veterans more times than I can count– particularly regarding civilian employment after service. It is why I created the Post-Military Professional in the first place. Veteran’s Roundtable will be an ongoing series, one that will share advice from service members that have “been there.”

This inaugural Roundtable features insights and advice about the transition to civilian employment from eight former active duty members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.

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Professional Networking 101, Episode 3: Understanding Questioning Levels

In Professional Networking 101, Adam Braatz of postmilitarypro.com shares insights and experiences related to professional network development — usually while traversing to/from a networking connection.

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