Once in each of our careers we have the chance of getting slotted into a position that affords us the opportunity to breathe. Perhaps it is an ROTC position, an AC/RC role, or even being detailed to facilitate something stranger like work on the boat for six months at the local R&R destination as a tasking.
For all those meat-eaters out there who have always been told that you need to be constantly busy, I can already hear the teeth grinding. Fortunately, these jobs are out there, they do not hurt your opportunities and, for many of us, they are just what we needed to take a breath of fresh air.
When you find yourself slotted in a position that allows more personal and free time, it is the perfect opportunity to realign focus on all of those things you had been putting off. Perhaps there are some long-term medical issues that require time for recovery. This is the perfect time to swing by the troop medical clinic and coordinate time for occupational therapy or physical therapy.
For many people, they have allowed themselves to get out of the shape they would prefer due to job constraints. Often these include early morning meetings or late afternoon closeout formations. A job that allows freedom also allows a chance to get back into a personal routine. It requires discipline to maintain, but could be exactly what you needed to get started.
Once in a long while the military facilitates the whole work / life balance amongst its ranks. This means that while you are in this position, it is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with your spouse, children, pets and so on. Use the time to your benefit. Incorporate them into activities. Get out and explore. There are so few times and positions which really allow that to be a focus for the service member. Take advantage of it!
For the enlisted service members, consider the benefits of knocking out some of the college classes. Regardless of how many promotion points are credited as a result, consider the benefits of completing the degree while still in the military. It will open up doors on the outside and create new options while in.
The most important aspect to this time is to understand what it is that you desire and how you want to get there. Personal determination and self-discipline are key, especially when you are your own boss. By creating and following through with a plan for self-improvement, you can take full advantage of the time and use it to your advantage. Don’t walk away from the position wishing you had done more. Use the time to become who you want to be. Your relationships, career, and personal happiness will thank you for it.
The military will grind you up if you do not take time for yourself. So embrace the opportunity, follow through with the plans, and focus on you for a change.
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