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The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Grasshopper and the Ant
The Grasshopper and the Ant
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The Grasshopper and the Ant

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My father used to always tell me a story about a grasshopper and an ant to drive home the importance of proper preparation preventing... well poor performance. The story was simple and contained only …

My father used to always tell me a story about a grasshopper and an ant to drive home the importance of proper preparation preventing... well poor performance. The story was simple and contained only the two fore-mentioned characters. All summer long the ant slaved away in the hot sun to store away food and materials that he would need later that fall once the winter arrived and resources became scarce.

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  • 1. My father used to always tell me a story abouta grasshopper and an ant to drive home theimportance of proper preparationpreventing... well poor performance. The storywas simple and contained only the two fore-mentioned characters.All summer long the ant slaved away in thehot sun to store away food and materials thathe would need later that fall once the winterarrived and resources became scarce. www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 2. Watching him work was the grasshopper thatlived in the moment, simply content to layback and let the sun wash over him as foodwas plentiful and life was good.The ant throws out a caution to thegrasshopper stating that he will be hurting forfood once the winter comes and that he hadbetter store some away now if he is to survive. www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 3. Well as the story clearly unfolds the wintercomes and the ant though not especiallyhappy about the cold weather and bleakconditions has enough food and propershelter to somewhat comfortably make-due.The contrast is of course the grasshopper whois sitting outside in the snow freezing, starvingand eventually begging the ant for food dueto his poor planning. www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 4. This story is simple yet it rings true for many,how many times do we wish we had thoughtsomething through a little better or took anextra moment to plan the minor details beforearriving at the moment of truth.Anyone who has been camping andencountered a summer thunderstorm withoutthe adequate equipment surely knows what Iam talking about. www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 5. If planning is so important, when then should amember of the active duty services beginplanning for his or her departure from thoseservices and subsequent transition back intothe civilian world?This may seem like an easy question, muchthe same way the story seemed like it wasobvious enough, but is this question as straightforward as it may seem? Is the answer simply,as early as possible? www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 6. Or is that too naïve a response given that manyservice members do not even know for sure whatconditions and factors will be present that mayeither push them toward getting out orencourage them to remain in the military?It has been my experience thus far those twoyears out is simply too far away for any level ofplanning beyond taking college prerequisites forcredits which a service member would probablydo regardless of whether they are getting out orstaying in. www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 7. Even a year out from an individuals End of ActiveService seems like a large enough gaps to leavemany Veterans wondering how they could1. Pause work long enough to think about what to do next and2. 2. Know for sure whether they want to get out or remain in. For enlisted military often times the tipping point for a decision comes in the form of re-enlistment deadlines and closed out occupational specialties before they come from personal preference and well thought out planning. www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 8. Are we approaching one of the biggesttransitions an individual can make with themindset of the grasshopper who sits back andsees decisions as too much work until its too lateand then scrambling to throw a few ideastogether prior to getting handed the DD214 andfinding ourselves on the other side of the lookingglass.How many members of our military have thoughttheir "plan" was just as robust and in alignmentwith their happiness as the grasshopper did sittingin the sun and soaking up the "good times"? www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 9. How many quickly found out as the winter monthsset in and the accessibility to resources becamefar scarcer that when tested their plan was littlemore than a few leaves in the cold winterbreeze?There is and can be a better way to approachthis monumental transitional phase of a Veteranslife, but it will require an equally impressive effortfrom both the services that the person isdeparting as well as the civilian sector that he orshe is entering to properly guide, prepare andtrain him or her for the winter months ahead. www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 10. They will need to know where to look for foodnow that the automatic payments on the 1stand the 15th have dried up and how to illicitthe help of others like them to createpowerful leverage and results from theirexperiences and skill sets gained in themilitary. www.GreenCollarVets.org
  • 11. If you feel that perhaps you have beencaught in "grasshopper" mode once or twiceplease visit Green Collar Vets and tell usabout it so we may share your trials andtribulations with transitioning members of themilitary and hopefully show them theprudence of being a little more "ant-like" asthey get ready to get out. We also offer armyveteran jobs athttp://www.greencollarvets.org . www.GreenCollarVets.org

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