Magazine article Army

Leaving the Army: Some Things Lost, Some Things Gained

Magazine article Army

Leaving the Army: Some Things Lost, Some Things Gained

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The Army is more than a job or even a career. Accepting the title of soldier is also committing to a lifestyle. Embracing that lifestyle while serving on active duty doesn't necessarily mean missing it afterward, however.

Brian Murphy served in the Army for four years before separating; he's now a civilian public affairs officer. Murphy said he enjoys his new government career because he can work a standard 40-hour week. In the Army, of course, duty can start very early in the morning and last 12 hours or even longer, depending on the mission.

Murphy said he also likes being able to decide for himself what to wear to work, instead of being limited to a military uniform.

Medical and educational benefits can be more difficult aspects of the military lifestyle to leave behind. Richard Wilson, now a full-time student, completed four deployments during 14 years of service before retiring for medical reasons as a staff sergeant. …

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