The heart of the Marine For Life Network are the M4L Representatives. These Reservists are passionate about assisting transitioning Marines and family members. M4L Reps are embedded in communities throughout the US and build and sustain networks of Marine-friendly employers and local resources. They wear many different hats as M4L Reps, but their ultimate goal is to connect Marines and family members to relevant resources that support their personal and professional goals after service.
Capt Josh Browning, a transitioning Marine, received assistance from LtCol Thomas Leahy, the Maryland M4L Representative.
“First and foremost, I want to say thank you. The fact that this outlet exists to benefit transitioning Marines is why I became a Marine: camaraderie. Immediately upon requesting access via LinkedIn, I received Lt Col Leahy’s request to speak. The process was transparent and seamless.
That is exactly what a Marine who has no clue what to do or where to start in their job search needs to get the ball rolling. The tyranny of distance was made irrelevant with the ability to email any time and schedule phone calls. I greatly appreciate that.
The leadership and mentorship provided by M4L is also paramount. Whether giving excellent advice on transitioning and milestones associated, providing contacts to network or to listen to stressors, the mentorship is genuine, concise, and greatly appreciated.
Every Marine I meet that transitions or that I interview for their EAS, I tell about M4L and tell them my successful interactions with LtCol Leahy. In all honesty, every Marine I tell gets excited and says they will sign up (I cannot force them to but I just hope they do it!).
Thank you again for all of your time invested in me. I hope this program continues to flourish and I look forward to paying it back one day once I am established.”
The Marine For Life Network cannot promise a Marine or family member a job, but through our network of Marine For Life Network Representatives we can connect you to valuable resources to support your transition!
What can we learn from Josh?
Still searching for more in-depth assistance with transition? Contact your installation’s Transition Readiness staff. Join the Marine For Life Network by completing the form. You can also follow the Marine for Life Network on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
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