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Posted by Phil Johndrow on Sep 2, 2016 7:23:43 AM

This is the second part of a special two part blog series from United States Army veteran and Trident's National Director of Military and Veterans Alliances, Philip F. Johndrow. Come back to our blog tomorrow to see the final part of this blog. Read the first part here.

After you step back into the civilian world, after many years away, you may experience a myriad of different feelings, such as:

  • Feeling uncomfortable with the lack of structure and goals compared to military life
  • Longing for the adrenaline rush of physical and life-challenging situations
  • Concern about finances due to the lack of job security
  • A perfectionist attitude in work and other areas of life
  • Annoyance at others who seem more easygoing or less detail-oriented than you
  • Isolation or loneliness because others may not understand some of your military experiences

But like many of the challenges that you’ve faced in the past, these are some you can overcome by putting your mind to work. By making a plan and outlining the steps to navigate these challenges, you can have a successful military to civilian transition.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education


Posted by Phil Johndrow on Aug 31, 2016 6:00:00 PM

I joined the United States Army when I was 19 years old and I retired when I was 53. As an adult, the military was all I knew. It wasn’t just a job - it was my life – and it shaped me into the person I am today.

Transitioning out of the service can be difficult for some men and women because they’re saying goodbye to a way of life and returning to the civilian world. Some of these folks, like myself, may have spent their entire adult lives in the service, so the civilian world may seem a little foreign to them.

I did my best to avoid being sheltered while in the Army. I was active and engaged with the local community, my children played sports, and I attended social functions and school events, but for the better part of the day my life and my mind were firmly entrenched in the military.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education


Posted by Cindy Wiley on Aug 19, 2016 3:49:08 PM

Trident’s staff and faculty are focused on the success of all our bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate students.  If you’re a new student – or are considering enrollment -  these are some of the key resources available to maximize your educational experience so you can prepare yourself for a rewarding career.

1. Center for Student Success
The CFSS focuses on program completion and graduation for all of our students. Our Student Success Advisors (SSA) are all about fostering individualized relationships with each student. The SSA is here to support you in every step of your path towards graduation.

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Topics: Veterans, Study Tips, Military, Careers


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Aug 15, 2016 5:51:49 AM

Emanuel “Manny” Sepulveda is a key player in Trident’s military and veteran education initiatives. As a Regional Manager of Strategic Military and Community Relations for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Sepulveda works with men and women with a military background who are seeking to further their education. As someone who’s made the same transition in the past, he understands the preparation needed to translate their success to the civilian world.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, Sepulveda enlisted in the Navy in 1988. Throughout his time in the Navy, he earned two Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, nine Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various unit and campaign awards. He served on submarine duty in the Mediterranean and the Arctic and time as a counselor recruiter.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education


Posted by Trident University on Jul 26, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Arcadio “Al” Rigual is one of Trident’s Regional Managers of Strategic Military and Community Relations, serving the South Western region of the United States. His home area includes the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Alaska, Montana, Hawaii, and Idaho.

Rigual joined Trident in 2013, and prior to that he served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years. He was stationed in several bases across the U.S. and Europe, holding several positions during his years of service.  After transitioning, he was a high school teacher for eight years, instructing students in a variety of subjects including leadership, physical education, history, and organizational management.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education


Posted by Daniel Sloan on Jun 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Deena Mullins, Regional Manager of Strategic Military and Community Relations for Trident, covers the South Central region of the United States. Residing in San Antonio, her home area includes the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. 

In her spare time, she is also involved in a local women’s veteran group, serves on the Student Health Advisory council for Northeast ISD as part of the Nutrition committee, and serves as a volunteer for various activities at her daughter’s school.

She is a veteran of the United States Army, both Active and Reserves, retiring as a Master Sergeant after 25 years of service in 2013. Positions she held while serving include Reserve Recruiter, Health Professionals Recruiter, Retention NCO, Trainer, District Operations, and Senior Reserve Component Career Counselor.

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Topics: Veterans, Military, Veteran Education


Posted by Dr. Pietro Savo on May 23, 2016 11:42:43 PM

The next war will not come in the form of military tanks, ships, or bombers. The next war - bound by no physical boundaries - is called the cyber war. A greater dependency on technology is needed to win tomorrow’s fight. This technology provides us and our enemy easy access across each other’s borders (Gargan, 2016).  Education will play a significant part in winning a cyber war and preparing proficient cyber warriors. 

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Topics: Veterans, Faculty, Military, Cybersecurity, Emergency Disaster Management


Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 11, 2016 6:49:09 AM

Disorders of the brain – those “unseen diseases” – affect many millions of Americans from all walks of life. The men and women of the Armed Forces are not immune, with many returning from combat with some form of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or other forms of combat exposure. These disorders are difficult to treat, with researchers working hard to fill in the missing gaps of knowledge.

Trident Ph.D. in Health Sciences student Jeffrey Nagy is one of these researchers. Nagy, who was a combat medic for the United States Army, understands these realities all too well, which is why he is in a prime position to address some of these gaps.

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Topics: PhD Degrees, Veterans, Scholarly Research, Military, PTSD, College of Health and Human Services


Posted by Daniel Sloan on May 5, 2016 6:38:52 PM

Valentine Cameron, a Regional Manager of Strategic Military and Community Relations for Trident, covers the Northeast region of the United States. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring after 24 years of service.

His leadership experience is extensive, covering some of the highest levels of the military, including work as a mission planner, planning multiple missions for the White House, Joints Chiefs of Staff, National Security Agency, and NASA. He also has high-level recruitment experience in the Air Force Recruitment Service, recruiting physicians, dentists, pilots, and engineers over the course of two wars.

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Topics: Veterans, Military Education, Military, Veteran Education


Posted by Phil Johndrow on Apr 22, 2016 12:54:44 PM

  1. Be Focused & Have a Plan: You need to be focused on what you want to do after the military Phil-Johndrow_250x250.jpgand how to achieve those goals. What do you want to do professionally? Where do you want to live? Make sure you have your transition plan in place, including your education.

    It’s just like going outside the wire – you need to have everything planned and double-checked before you get out into the civilian world. This may be the most important thing on this list.

  2. Stay Motivated: It’s easy to allow yourself to feel down about leaving the military, even to the point of experiencing anxiety. If the military is all you’ve ever known, then it’s going to be a tough transition – but you can do it. Learn from the past, stay in the present, and stay focused on the future. This is the mindset that will keep you motivated.
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Topics: Veterans, Military, Webinars, Careers