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Mission Transition is an essential career-change guide for any transitioning veteran that wants to avoid false starts and make optimal career choices following active duty.

Every year, about a quarter of a million veterans leave the military - most of whom are grossly unprepared for the transition. These service members have developed incredible leadership, problem-solving, and practical skills that are underutilized once they reach the civilian world, a detriment to both themselves and society.

Well-intentioned Transition Assistance Programs and other support structures within the armed forces often leave veterans fending for themselves. And the mission-first culture of the military results in service members focusing on their active duty roles in the year leading up to their separation, leaving them little time to adequately prepare to join the civilian world.

Mission Transition guides military personnel through the entire process of making a successful move into civilian professional life. This audiobook will:

  • Guide you through the process of discovering what path you want to take going forward
  • Teach you the strategies that will make your résumé stand out
  • Provide suggestions to help you prepare for and ace the interview
  • Discuss ways to acclimate to your new organization’s culture and pay it forward to other veterans

Each chapter includes advice from other veterans, illustrations of key concepts, summaries, and suggested resources.

Charts, tables, and assessments are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Matthew J. Louis (P)2019 HarperCollins Leadership

Critic reviews

"Matt Louis has created the Ranger Handbook of military transition guides. This book provides a concise pathway for service members to translate the skills and character they developed and forged in the military, so they can adapt to a new life mission and personal purpose after career service." (Geoff Davis, retired member of US Congress, former US Army Ranger and Aviator, USMA Class of 1981)

"Mission Transition is not just a book, it is a life guide you'll return to again and again throughout your transition from the military to civilian success. As a veteran services organization leader who's assisted thousands of service members to a successful transition, I've never had a guide that covers all the bases. Mission Transition is easy to follow and is as applicable for a transition to New York City or a rural Midwest community. Mission Transition is a must-have guide for every government or non-government transition or training program." (Jim Lorraine, CEO/president, America's Warrior Partnership, former special assistant for Warrior and Family Support to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, founder and former director of USSOCOM Care Coalition)

"Occasionally a piece of work comes along that resets expectations in its field. It becomes the new standard. Mission Transition is that book for transitioning military personnel. Comprehensive, contemporary, and actionable, it is the indispensable tool and companion for anyone that has ever served and is trying to apply their character and experience in the civilian world. Whether your goal is that career-starting entry-level position or a capstone CEO role, Mission Transition is your strategic field manual to help achieve your objective." (Ted Russ, author of Spirit Mission, Army veteran)

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  • Joshua M.
  • 11-02-20

Best Overview of Transition

Matthew Louis assembled the best comprehensive transition resource I have found during my transition from Active Duty Navy to the private sector. Highly recommend picking up if looking for an overall rock solid guide.

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  • Scott LEishman
  • 24-10-19

Comprehensive military transition advice

This is the most complete book on military transition that I have come across. Very well done with true life stories from some who have transitioned before you. it is an excellent compilation that should be read by everybody 6 to 12 months away from their ETS.