I have often been asked about my experience transitioning out of the military and if I have any advice to give. I will be honest getting out of the military was a hard decision for me to make for several reasons. I joined the military when I was 17 and it was the first job I had ever had and everything I knew. I didn't know how to be an adult- what I mean by that is being where to move and where to work and basically, the Navy made the big decisions for me. I was comfortable and the job I had in the military gave me the opportunity to grow and learn( I was a surgical technician). I also had a new family and a baby who and the military health care was great and that would be something I would be losing if I got out.
I think the best decision I made joining the Navy was picking a job (NEC) that would transition to a job in the civilian sector. I qualified for the hospital corpsman school because I scored a good score on my ASVAB. I didn't study but I know now that there are tools to help you study for the test. Now I know understand how important that test was. After basic corpsman school, I was given the opportunity to specialize in the corpsman field and I chose to go to Surgical tech school. (The credits from both schools transferred into college credits- I would recommend asking if the school you go to offers college credits).
Leaving the military was a tough decision. There are many things I had to think about- job or school, health care, and how I would mentally prepare for a huge life change.
What kind of helped the transition from military life into civilian life was joining the reserves. Even though the experience wasn't a pleasant one because I was used structure and it just seemed like the reserves weren't as organized. It did help with making the transition a bit easier.
The one thing you have to keep in mind is that the government will never reach out to you and explain the benefits that you are entitled to, you have to do the research and apply for the programs you qualify for. In my next post I will share some websites that will help prepare you for life after the military.
Make you sure you attend the course the Navy makes you go to before you get out. The name of the class is constantly changing but the information you get out of it is important. They go over several subjects like how to write a résumé to how to apply for VA benefits.
Make sure you get copies of all the important paperwork, such as medical records, your SMART transcripts, which has been renamed JST system. Make sure the information on your DD214 is correct; that your achievements, awards, and deployments.
What I also did weeks before I got out was start my VA medical benefits claim. I scheduled my VA claim exams and had all my appointment completed before I got out. I would highly recommend that as it sometimes takes anywhere from 6 months to years before you hear back from the compensation board.
There is not a day that goes by that I don't miss the Navy, but I felt like I was ready for the next phase in my life and pursue the career I wanted. I was comfortable in a secure job and it was hard to make that leap but I wanted to challenge myself and I knew that I didn't want to make a career out of the military. I am thankful I made that decision and got out after my first enlistment and didn't waste more of my time. The transition wasn't easy it was a huge life decision but I had resources that made the experience easy.
If you have any questions please feel free to reach out, Id love to help. I will be adding websites and resources to help make the big life change a bit smoother in my next post.
Thank you for your service and know that getting out of the military is scary but it is not the end, It is the beginning of a new and exciting journey!
Hi guys! I’m excited to let share with you guys that I will be attending shot show. I arrive on Sunday and attending media day on Monday. I will not be working a booth this year but instead will be walking around the floor. I am super excited to not be working it this year and get to experience the show! If you are interested in setting up a meeting, please fill out the form below. See y’all in Vegas!
I apologize for the lack of posts. I have been quite busy and honestly just living life and not leaving much time for blogging. I have so much to blog about; products and what not. In the following days I will be making several posts and will try my best and answer any questions you guys might have. Enjoy your summer and check back next week for some new posts. Stay safe, stay awesome. Cheers!
The term "gun bunny" is often used as a derogatory term. Women are considered gun bunnies if they are half naked at the range, own guns and don't know much about them, and so on. People have different meaning for that word. I have been asked my opinion on this and I've never really gave it much thought and to be honest never really cared.
I don't like negativity on social media. I stay away from drama and believe me the industry is full of it! I stick to "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".
I have never put down a female and never will. I am no one to judge; If you want to be half naked at a range, wear heels, etc.. thats your choice. What other people do doesn't affect me. Just don't try to pretend to be something you are not and be safe. So my opinion is this: I don't care. I just choose to not do that stuff. I choose not associate myself nor be around those women. No, I'm not jealous as a lot of those women think people are, no we don't want to take the sponsorship you got for shooting with your boobs showing. I tend to keep to myself, There are only a select few who I respect and admire. You ladies know who you are, ladies keep kicking ass.
And that's all I have to say about that.
Something pretty cool happened to me the other day. I say cool because I got interviewed! I believe I'm no one and the fact that I have a following and people actually ask me questions is pretty cool in my eyes. I have attached the website for you to check it out! Here's just a little more about who I am.
Hope the holidays were great for all of you! I apologize for not posting any new blogs lately. I'll post a blog about everything I went through last year. For now I want to announce my SHOT show attendance this year! I will be working with US Night Vision booth 20105, if you have visited me the previous year's, I'm at the same place. I'm ecstatic to show some off new night vision and thermal products.
Vegas isn't a place I enjoy. I don't party or get out much and don't really associate with many people in the gun industry and the streets are flooded with them. I plan on gambling for my first time and hopefully attending some shows. If you're going, make sure to come visit me. Like mentioned before another company for the past years has used part of our booth for their products, I will not be with them, but in the remaining part of our booth. If you're not attending shot follow my ig story and maybe my snapchat as I will be behind the scenes of SHOT show. I will be there Sunday afternoon and will start setting up the booth and Monday as well. By Monday afternoon several companies have products out and most of their booth set up, if possible I will post videos and pictures of other companies. Snapchat acct: Lidport
I've really been interested in carrying a knife. I did some research and found something pretty funny, I Googled best EDC knives for women and what I found were reviews by....yeap, men. I understand that maybe some had feedback from their spouse, friends ect. but its not the same as a female doing the review. I am interested in doing a review for a couple knives that I
At Shot Show I visited the Spyderco Booth because I wanted to get my hands on a couple before I purchased one. I manhandled quite a few, and I found one that I absolutely loved and the employee gave me a coupon for 40% off!
I will definitely review it when I get it.
Welcome! I hope you have taken the time to read about me section so you can know a little bit about my background. This blog is from my perspective. I am not an expert, trainer, professional gun fighter, or a competitor. I am just a woman who likes firearms, likes to be outdoors, and makes sure she can protect herself.
I am using this blog to share and review things that work for me and what doesn't. Regardless of what gun or gear you use on a daily basis or how often you get to go to the range, the search for the best gear for you can be exhausting.
This is my place, I am going to write things that some people might not like but I won't recommend a product that I won't use or like. My personality is definitely going to come through in my writing and I look forward to sharing my thoughts and hopefully some of this info is also useful you and others. If you ever have questions about something, PLEASE write it in the comment section or send me an email through my contact page. Thanks for visiting my website and thank you for the support.