Christian Reprado was in the process of transitioning out of the Marine Corps. He had multiple civilian job offers. The job offers were not only in different locations, but were also different in thetype of position offered and the total compensation. Christian, unsure how to navigate this life decision, contacted the Marine for Life Network’s Houston Rep, Major (Maj) Steph Drake through LinkedIn.

Maj Drake coached Christian on negotiating with potential employers fromsalary to cost of living. Maj Drake recommended several questions and possible salary negotiation opportunities for him for both companies so that he could determine which one fit him best.

After using the tools Maj Drake had given him, Christian accepted a position as Logistics Coordinator with Alstom in New York.  

What can we learn from Christian Reprado’s Success?

  1. Connect to the Marine for Life Network early in your transition. The M4L Network can expand your network with your connections to Marine-friendly employers, career training, and Veteran support resources in your area. The best way to connect with your local M4L Reps is to complete the form located on
  2. Sign up for your free 1-year job seeker account through LinkedIn and join the M4L Network’s groups.

Still searching for more in-depth assistance with networking? Contact your installation’s Transition Readiness staff and join the Marine for Life Network by completing the form. You can also follow the Marine for Life Network on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.