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Military Transition to Civilian for Women Veterans

Transitioning from military service into a civilian career can present unique challenges, especially for women veterans. We connected with Bobbi Young of Inspired Growth Portal to talk about making the move to civilian life. 

Video Transcript:

Andrew: Hi, I'm Andrew with Military Hire, and this month, we are highlighting women veterans. We recently sat down with Bobbi Young, who currently works with the DoD, and is also the web guru at Vets 2 Industry. On top of that, she also has an entrepreneurial endeavor to help fellow veterans bring their businesses' websites to life with an organization called Inspired Growth Portal. So, Bobbi, who are you and what do you do?

Bobbi: My name is Bobbi Young, and I am currently a programmer with the U.S. Government, and I'm also CEO of Inspired Growth Portal, where I help veteran entrepreneurs with building their businesses online.

Andrew: How did your experience in the military influence your skill sets in your career?

Bobbi: So in the military, my skill sets was signal analysis and radar analysis. I had to look at a bunch of numbers, I had to make an assessment and I had to either submit it to somebody else for review or I had to present it in front of individuals, as a group or one-on-one. One of my other skill sets in the military was I was an instructor. I taught Self Aid Buddy Care, which was a ton of fun, and also helpful for other folks. And lastly, I was an NCO (non-commissioned officer), and I would be NCOIC (Non-commissioned Officer in Charge) of my ops floor, so I would be in charge of about 17 people for their day-to-day activities.

Now, all of those skills, I felt were very helpful when it came to me getting out of the military and to my current careers as of right now. So while I'm not doing signal analysis and I'm not working with radars anymore, instead, I'm still working with data, I'm still working with building information and ensuring that it is understandable by the people that I am presenting it to, and people who are going to be using the products that I'm building.

It's also extremely helpful with my side job, Inspired Growth Portal, because as an instructor, I have to make sure that the people who I'm teaching understand what I'm saying, so while yes, I am building them a website and I'm building them a platform to sell their business online, I'm also teaching them at the end, on how to run it themselves, so that way they are not dependent on somebody else to do those little changes.

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Support for Women Veterans and Military Transitions: The MSI Network

Military transition for women veterans can be a challenging time. As you leave the military and enter into civilian life, you are presented with significant changes, unfamiliar situations, and so many decisions—it can be overwhelming. Lack of childcare options, financial instability, and not having a strong community and support network can add to the stresses faced by women veterans as they navigate civilian life and try to find their 'new normal' after military service.

Military Sisterhood Initiative from Challenge America on Vimeo.

Especially now, being able to connect with other women that can speak into your life and understand what you are going through is important.

The Military Sisterhood Initiative is a great place to get started. MSI is designed by and for military women. If you've worn the uniform, you are part of this tribe.

Developed and managed by Challenge America, a national veteran 501(c)3 nonprofit, MSI is a safe place to connect, to share your stories, to be encouraged, and to encourage others.

By joining MSI (membership is free), women can:

  • Create a profile and connect with other military sisters near them or across the country to build one-on-one relationships.
  • Ask for help when they need it and offer support when their sisters are in need.
  • Engage in discussions and activities around different monthly topics and weekly challenges.
  • Post and find events, resources, and stories relevant to women Veteran growth and empowerment.

Women Veterans and female active duty service members can join thousands of their Sisters on MSI by visiting and clicking "Request to Join".