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Successful Military Transition Foundations

1) Learn about civilian occupations (research the career field you desire to enter, as well as the company you wish to work for)

2) Create and customize resumes (create a master resume of each type; chronological, functional and combination. The most common resume in the civilian world is the chronological) Stay away from common military acronyms and jargon. Should be no longer than two pages.

3) Acquire interviewing skills (attend workshops and rehearse)

4) Master the techniques of completing print or electronic employment applications (some job applications can be quite extensive)

5) Master the unwritten rules and etiquette related to searching for a job (understand how to go about researching an organization where you want to work. it’s okay to call them and find about more about them)

6) You have to get comfortable bragging about yourself (something I still need to work at)

7) Master the art of networking (create professional profiles on sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook)

8) Understand how to translate your  military expertise into civilian terms (do not use military jargon)  Such as, Sergeant First Class translates to First Line Supervisor in civilian terms.

9) Learn to write short and effective cover letters for your resume (this is your introduction to the potential employer and convinces them how well your skills, attributes and abilities match their needs)

10) Become familiar with USA Jobs and how to create a resume and submit an employment application on this system. Resumes here can be up to five pages long due to the amount of information that you should be submitting (in depth duty description and accomplishments for each unit of assignment/duty position)

11) Gain a good understanding of the Veteran’s Preference (title 5, USC 2108)

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John 15:1-17

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

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The Not-So-Affordable Care Act

“One of the stated goals of proponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to prevent patients from being denied health care so that others could increase their profits. As then-candidate Obama put it, one of his goals was “making sure that they are limited in the ability to extract profits and deny coverage” (video).
Now, one of the lesser-known provisions of the ACA calls for the federal government to pay physicians and hospitals bonuses if they deny health care to seniors and the disabled – and even encourages them to form local monopolies to make it harder for them to find alternative sources of care. And most patients won’t even know that’s the reason they are being denied care.
Section 3022 of the ACA establishes the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The MSSP establishes the notion of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These are groups of health care providers (hospitals, physicians, other providers) who join together for purposes of a obtaining bonus payments based on their participation in the MSSP and Medicare fee-for-service incentive program.
ACOs are paid to “reduce costs” for treating their patients. This sounds like a reasonable goal, but the ACO system has a number of odd and unique quirks. First of all, patients don’t “enroll” in an ACO – they are assigned to an ACO ex post based on the preponderance of their utilization. That is, at the end of the year, if a patient happens to have had a plurality of care (measured by either service counts or dollars of Medicare claims), from physicians who are members of a particular ACO, then that patient is assigned to that ACO. (The methodology for assignment is detailed here.) Not only do patients not enroll in ACOs; they might not even be aware of them, as assignments may take place after the fact.
For patients assigned to ACOs, the ACO receives bonus payments based on the total amount Medicare pays for care of those patients. That total includes all care those patients receive from all providers – specifically, including providers who are not members of the ACO. Bonuses are based on reducing total costs relative to what would be expected risk-adjusted cost based on each patient’s health status.
Because this program is part of Medicare’s fee-for-service system, “reduce costs” means “reduce services” – that is, “give patients less health care.” Even if they ask for it.
The idea is to incentivize providers to encourage patients to utilize less care – say, to recommend fewer surgeries, fewer hospital stays, less frequent follow-up visits, and so on. ACO participants can certainly refer patients to other participants in the same ACO when another type of care is needed, so that the ACO can deal with the patient in a consistent manner.
One might ask how an ACO is supposed to reduce patients’ utilization of health care in a fee-for-service system in which patients are, in principle, free to obtain services whenever they want from any Medicare fee-for-services providers – including providers outside the ACO’s control, especially when patients may not even be aware of whether they are in an ACO, let alone what providers are members of that ACO.
Indeed, this could be very difficult for a small ACO consisting of only a few physicians and one hospital in a large metropolitan area.
However– if an ACO controls a large percentage of the available providers, it gets a lot easier to reduce patient utilization. If an ACO wants to, say, try to limit patients to 12 specialty visits a year, it’s much easier if they “own” most of the specialists in the area. If an ACO includes many of the major hospitals, and a significant number of physicians in every major practice area – including, say, imaging facilities and labs (possibly a hospital outpatient lab), then it becomes a lot easier to guide patients to the level and type of utilization desired – which is, for purposes of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, always less utilization. And of course, it is much easier to enforce referral and utilization policies on physicians who are employees of a group running the ACO, rather than simply independent businesses who happen to join an ACO at a given moment in time.
In other words, the ACO program encourages hospitals and physicians of different specialties to join together in order to encourage patients to use less health care.
It is highly ironic that a law proposed, in part, because of the allegation health insurance companies were increasing their profits by denying care to patients – is now the means by which the federal government pays physicians and hospitals bonuses to, in effect, deny care to patients.”

Forbes.com, 2/21/2016

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Army Leadership Principles; Then and Now

Now seeing the differences between the doctrine when I attended Basic NCOES and now, I can begin to understand when you attempt to make an on the spot correction of a fellow NCO or an officer they want to argue, pull rank or refuse to admit they are wrong and take responsibility for their actions. When you ask them if they have soldiers and/or NCOs they counsel what they’d do to them if they were caught doing the very thing which they are being corrected for, they curse you, tell you to mind your own f$&@ing business or, again, try to pull rank. 

The Eleven Principles of Leadership

FM 22-100, 31 August 1999

  1. Know yourself and seek self-improvement.
  2. Be technically and tactically proficient.

  3. Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates.

  4. Make sound and timely decisions.

  5. Set an example.

  6. Know your people and look out for their welfare.

  7. Keep your people informed.

  8. Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.

  9. Ensure assigned tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished.

  10. Train your people as a team.

  11. Employ your team in accordance with its capabilities.

Military Doctrine, 22 September 2014, http://www.militarydoctrine.com

  1. Nothing happens without example…even if the example is your own.

  2. Teach the basics…then teach them again.

  3. Take frequent moments to acknowledge and recognize the sacrifices your service members and families are making.

  4. There is nothing more important than accomplishing the mission…except for taking care of your people.

  5. The best leaders are able to show, when appropriate, both confidence and humility.

  6. Good ideas have no rank.

  7. Leadership is not a thing; it is a relationship.

  8. Never let the sun go down on a soldier’s pay problem.

  9. Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves.

  10. A core function of every military organization is to develop leaders.

  11. Everything takes 8 times as long as you think it will.

Leadership Requirements Model FM 6-22

 What a Leader is:

  1. A leader of character

  2. A leader with presence

  3. A leader with intellectual capacity

What an Army Leader does:

  1. Leads

  2. Develops

  3. Achieves

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The President’s Immigration Authority

Title 8 US Code Section 212(f)

(f) Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. 

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“Live Like You’re Loved”

You’re not the only one who feels like this
Feelin’ like you lose more than you win

Like life is just an endless hill you climb

You try and try, but never arrive
I’m tellin’ you somethin’

This racing, this running

Oh, you’re working way too hard! (You’re working way too hard)

And this perfection you’re chasing

Is just energy wasted

Cause he love’s you like you are!
So go ahead and live like you’re loved

It’s ok to act like you’ve been set free

His love has made you more than enough

So go ahead and be who he made you to be
And live like you’re loved

Live like you’re loved

Live like you’re loved

Live like you’re loved
And live like you’re know you’re valuable

Like you know the one that hold your soul

Cause mercy has called you by your name

Don’t be afraid to live in that grace
I’m tellin’ you somethin’

This God we believe in

Yeah, he changed everything

No more guilt! No more shame!

He took all that away

Gave us a reason to sing
So go ahead and live like you’re loved

It’s ok to act like you’ve been set free

His love has made you more than enough

So go ahead and be who he made you to be
And live like you’re loved

Live like you’re loved

Live like you’re loved

Live like you’re loved
Live like you’re loved, walk like you’re free

Stand like you know, who he made you to be

Live like you’re loved, like you believe

His love is all, that you’ll ever need
So go ahead and live like you’re loved

His love has made you more than enough
So go ahead and live like you’re loved

It’s ok to act like you’ve been set free

His love has made you more than enough

So go ahead and be who he made you to be
And live like you’re loved

Live like you’re loved

Live like you’re loved

Live like you’re loved
Live like you’re loved, walk like you’re free

Stand like you know, who he made you to be

Live like you’re loved, like you believe

His love is all, that you’ll ever need

Live like you’re loved!

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Very Important Person

As the motorcade slowly winds its way through the city, thousands pack the sidewalks hoping to catch a glimpse. Marching bands with great fanfare announce the arrival, and protective agents scan the crowd and run alongside the limousine. Pomp, ceremony, protocol- modern symbols of position and evidences of importance- herald the arrival of a head of state. Whether they are leaders by birth or by election we honor them and respect them.

The Jews waited for a leader who had been promised centuries before by prophets. They believed this leader- the Messiah- would rescue them from their Roman oppressors and establish a new kingdom. As their king, he would rule the world with justice. Many Jews, however, overlooked prophecies that also spoke of this king as a suffering servant who would be rejected and killed. It is now wonder, then, that few recognized Jesus as the Messiah. How could this humble son of a carpenter from Nazareth be their king? But Jesus was and is the king of the Earth!

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1 Corinthians 12:1-11

12 Now about the gifts of the Spirit,z brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.a 2 You know that when you were pagans,b somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.c 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,”d and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,”e except by the Holy Spirit.f4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spiritg distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyoneh it is the same Godi at work.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledgel by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faithm by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healingn by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit,s and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

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Coursera and VA Learning Hubs

VA has partnered with Coursera, an online education platform, to offer transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans one free Verified Certificate in one of hundreds of in-demand courses offered through universities worldwide.

A Verified Certificate is a convenient way to demonstrate course completion, build your professional qualifications, and advance your education and career. These certificates may help improve employability skills in high-demand fields such as data science, cyber security, healthcare and entreprenuership.

http://www.coursera.org