[I'm ETS'ing on the 12th of May due to my new title as a Disabled Combat Veteran. I have no clue as to what to do with myself as a civilian. This is compounded by the fact that manual]
First, Hi Speed, thank you for your service and sacrifice to your country!! Next, I would think the VA would offer retraining and programs to orient you to occupations that would interest you. Most of America does no manual labor - you'll fit right in with the rest of us.
There's some valuable information in a book called "What Color is You Parachute" by Richard Nelon Bolles (http://www.jobhuntersbible.com
). It's available in paperback and costs about 20 bucks. Only problem is that ppl read it and think what does he know - for 20 bucks what can I learn from him. Well, he has fantastic advice if only ppl would read and follow his advice. I did Executive Search and Outplacment in Philadelphia for six years. I'd bet ppl that asked for advice that if they memorized, really memorized the book, and didnt find the job they wanted I'd buy the book back. Many dont apply themselves to the job search. If you do, the world will be your oyster. There's hundreds of things you can do and do well. You've learned a life time of skills and maturity since joining the service. Check out the the VA programs - The VA sent my best friend thru medical school after his recovery from wounds in Nam.
retired u s navy