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1. The Complete Idiot's Guide to
2. Military-To-Civilian Career Transition
3. Careers in the U.S. Navy (Military
4. Military to Federal Career Guide,
5. Military to Federal Career Guide:
6. Career Opportunities in the Armed
7. Master The ASVAB: CD INSIDE; Score
8. America's Top Military Careers:
9. Barron's Guide to Military Careers
10. Minuteman: The Military Career
11. When A Man Loves To Fly: A Case
12. Hero of Beecher Island: The Life
13. The Military and Teens: The Ultimate
14. The U.S. Navy and Military Careers
15. Out of Uniform: A Career Transition
16. The U.S. Army and Military Careers
17. Qualifying for Admission to the
18. Opportunities in Military Careers,
19. Military (Careers for the Twenty-First
20. Consigned Indifference: The Military

1. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Careers in the U.S. Military
by Bill Harris
Paperback: 360 Pages (2002-06-01)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$10.34
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Asin: B000VYVF36
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Uncle Sam Wants You-more than ever. Since the tragic events of 9/11, all branches of the U.S. Military have seen a rise in enlistments. This is due to several factors: 1) A renewed sense of patriotism, and 2) a cooling off the economy and subsequent recession. Suddenly, job opportunities for recent high school and college grads are drying up quickly. That's why a career in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or even the Coast Guard, may be an excellent option. Author Bill Harris, working closely with recruiters from branch of the military, will detail the intricacies of getting the most out of a military career and discuss which branch of the military might be best for you. He'll explore age limits, guaranteed training, bonuses and benefits, and even the rigors of basic training. He'll also cover the many perks offered by a career in the military, and how best to obtain them. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intel
This was a great deal of information on what to expect in an easy to read and understand package.For anyone researching joining the military or military life like me (writer) it's fantastic.
Is the author a former recruiter?

5-0 out of 5 stars Good, But dated
Okay, this is a decent guide to military careers, as far as the Idiot Guides go. If you are new to the military, or unfamiliar with the variety of opportunities available, then I would recommend you buy and read this book before seeing a recruiter. As a retired military officer I know that the military has shanged significantly in the past few years, with job classifications being revamped and many entrance requirements being adjusted to reflect the current demand for special forces and combat related career fields. This book needs to be updated and reprinted, but remains a good resource.

If you are interested in becoming an officer, you may want to read "How to Become a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Military," by Ron Taylor. ... Read more

2. Military-To-Civilian Career Transition 2nd Ed: The Essential Job Search Handbook for Service Members (Military-To-Civilian Career Transition Guide)
by Janet Farley
Paperback: 208 Pages (2009-10-01)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$8.79
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Asin: 1593577311
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This book provides a framework for career transition for military service members and their families. While other books similar in scope address just one or two aspects of the job search process, this one addresses the actual entire transition process and includes the family perspective with it. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not such a great guide
This is an OK overview for Soldiers who have not thought about retiring, but lacks the specifics that they really need.The most glaring error is not mentioning the most valuable item military members take with them and that's a security clearance.As I look for a job, the first question I am always asked is what clearance I hold.Upon telling them, they say they have a job for me, they just need to find which one.The number of jobs available requiring a clearance exceeds the inventory of retiring/separating Soldiers by a huge number.Would have been useful to know how to transfer my clearance to a contractor, or to "park" it somewhere while I take some time off.

The rest of the advice was almost as thin.For example, a contractor or new government service executive needs a starter wardrobe, but there was no advice on how to should start building that -- just to start early.A basic list of "classics" would be useful to someone who has worn camouflage every day for 20 years.

Won't say that there is a better book out there to help someone transitioning from the military, but this one isn't great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Janet is a pro
Janet knows first hand from being on base what military-experienced job seekers need to be successful in their transition. We definitely recommend the book for any military job seeker.

Bradley-Morris, Inc.
Delivering Military-Experienced Talent to America's Top Companies
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3. Careers in the U.S. Navy (Military Service)
by Edward F. Dolan
Library Binding: 80 Pages (2009-09)
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Asin: 0761442103
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4. Military to Federal Career Guide, 2nd Edition
by Kathryn Troutman
Paperback: 120 Pages (2010-06-15)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$17.15
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Asin: 0982419023
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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President Obama has created an Executive Order to help veterans start a career in the federal government. The President s Initiative on Employment for Veterans will make a difference for veterans transitioning to the federal government. BUT ... Veterans STILL need a federal resume that will get them at least minimally qualified, and hopefully best qualified. Write a stellarfederal resume and get hired into best jobs in America and throughout the world. Get critical resume tips on: how to add keywords to match yourfederal resume to a particular vacancyannouncement; highlighting your accomplishments so that federal human resources specialists willnotice them; and interpreting important sections of the vacancy announcement, such as HOW TOAPPLY instructions. Includes short, easy-to-read, samples of Military to Federal Resumes in the Outline Format for USAJOBS, CPOL, DONHR, AVUE, Talentlink, and other federal resume builders. This edition also features a CD-ROM with over ten samples of Military to Federal Resumes. The second edition is shortened, edited, and reformmated from the first edition into a friendly, quick guide that veterans will be able to use. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Troutman Hits the Mark for the Military
From the beginning to the end of Military to Federal, 2d, Troutman gives excellent advice.She effectively ties the vacancy announcement with the proposed resume.I was delighted that federal resumes have changed to outline and resume with keywords capitalized.Ms. Troutman also organized her chapters well, and I appreciated her explaining the differences in vacancy announcements.Her headlines in each chapter are easy to read, and blue typeface makes for easy scanning.Katherine includes a DVD disk to analyze the sample resumes.

All in all, it was joy to read Troutman's publication, which takes less than 2-3 hours to peruse.I was impressed that author Troutman even included all URLs for each armed service and special URLs to convert military occupations to civilian equivalents.

Do turn to this outstanding reference.

Dr. G. Jay Christensen
Management Professor Emeritus
CA State University, Northridge

Member, Research Committee
Career Directors International
Topic:"Resume and Application Fraud (including Diploma mills)"

4-0 out of 5 stars Good updated military to federal guide
I bought the first edition a few years ago after I left active duty for the reserves.While I found a job other than GS, it was still useful.This updated version is still good.It has examples and new job application strategies due to a new administration.It still comes with a CD with resume examples and other information.

I gave it four instead of five stars due to its lower emphasis on commissioned officer to federal service.It does have officer resumes, but all its case studies are of junior enlisted and non-commissioned officers.The previous edition had more balance.

If you are US military and want to find a government job, buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eases the Process of Starting a Career in the Federal Government
After 4+ years in the Marines I was ready for a break and ready to take advantage of the experience my military service gave me. Like all Marines (and I suspect other transitioning Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard personnel) I was made to go through a rushed TAP/ TAMP class on how to get out of the military and be successful as a civilian. After I was forced through yet another power point numbing series of classes punctuated by mock interviews and civilian attire inspections, and after I was mentally preparing to EAS; my unit was deployed for 8 months. I got home and left the Corps 2 weeks after returning to CONUS.
I hate long rambling reviews so I'll try to get to the book. After I worked my way through school with the help of my GI Bill (that didn't pay nearly all my education expenses) I found myself lacking a real plan. I started looking into careers in the Federal Government and was baffled and frustrated by USAjobs, Army Resume Builder and all the competition from those snot-nose kids whose parents paid their way through college while I was enjoying MRE's and bottled water in a place whose name they never will care to learn. I got lucky and stumbled across an early run of the second edition of this book after it came out at the NY Book Expo of America last May. I worked through the book and the CD and I found the process much more manageable. What made it easy were the sample resumes from actual military personal.
I could use their resumes as a starting point for mine. Like them, I found actual jobs on USAjobs and worked the language of the posting into my resume and cover letter. Then there are instructions in the book on how to submit your resume and how long you can expect to wait before you hear back.Additionally there are interview tips and pointers on how to follow up on submitted applications. Finally, in summation, I am personally satisfied with my results after putting in the effort and working through this book, hopefully you will be to. If not, that's OK. Just hope we both don't go out for the same opening. Cheers.
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5. Military to Federal Career Guide: Ten Steps to Transforming Your Military Experience into a Competitive Federal Resume
by Kathryn K. Troutman
Paperback: 237 Pages (2006-01-30)
list price: US$38.95 -- used & new: US$23.98
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Asin: 0964702576
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Ten Steps to Transforming your Military Experience into a competitive Federal Resume. The first and only comprehensive guide to Federal Jobs and the Military Federal Resume for enlisted personnel and officers. The U.S. Government is hiring former military personnel at all salary levels! In an easy-to follow, step by step process this book will teach you Where to work, How to find jobs, How much you can earn and How to apply and How to interview ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Missing disk
If you order this book check it before putting it on the shelf. In preparation for retiring out of the military I purchased this book and shelved it for three months, WITHOUT checking that the CD was there, till I was closer to retirement. Now that I have it out to study, the lack of CD becomes a real drawback since so much of the book depends on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars De-mystfies the Federal Job Market!
The Military to Federal Career Guide has been my Bible and roadmap as I have navigated the USAJobs.gov website, prepared a military-federal resume, written KSAs, and applied for federal jobs. I heard Kathryn speak at a career fair in Washington, DC and immediately bought her book. It has been indispensable as the federal job market is like no other.The techniques to job hunt in the federal sector are not well covered in any other career transition forum of which I am aware.

Kathryn guides the reader through a step-by-step process to create a federal resume and KSAs that stand out from the online electronic version and pack a punch. I used her techniques to get invited to interview for a high level position in the federal government doing the type of work I've always wanted to do (I'm awaiting the decision now). If you have ever considered a second career in the federal government, this is a resource you absolutely need!

5-0 out of 5 stars An utterly invaluable resource for any veteran seeking a solid federal career.
Military to Federal Career Guide: Ten Steps to Transforming Your Military Experience into a Competitive Federal Resume is a no-nonsense, practical guide for enlisted and discharged personnel and officers. Chapters discuss veterans' advantages in applying for federal jobs, how to write a basic military federal resume, learning how to analyze federal vacancy announcements, write about one's knowledge/skills/abilities, interview for a federal job, and much more. An accompanying CD-ROM with ready-to-use resume templates and 150 pages of sample resumes rounds out this point-by-point, easy-to-use guide. An utterly invaluable resource for any veteran seeking a solid federal career.

5-0 out of 5 stars Semper Fidelis Praise for Troutman's Fantastic New Book!
Dear Amazon.com staff;

Congratulations! You outdid yourselves by having Ms. Kathryn Troutman's latest book, "Military to Federal Career Guide," in your resource library.

After serving 24 years in the Marine Corps and ten years as a Career Development Coach for the Department of Defense at Camp Pendleton, CA, home to over 40,000 Marines and Sailors of the 1st Marine Division, I am pleased to praise the name of Ms. Kathryn Troutman for creating a tool that will aid the military person in becoming a Federal employee. The book "Military to Federal Career Guide" is that tool.

Military personnel respond well to organized information and the "Military to Federal Career Guide" is just that, organized! This fantastic book helps military personnel to identify their transferable skills that they possess that will relate to their desired goals as a Federal Government employee.

Ms. Troutman realized that since military personnel use steps and sequences to accomplish their goals, that she must create the path for the military personnel to travel to the government resume and with this book, she has done just that.

I endorse this book so much because I believe that any military person that uses this book from beginning to end, following all of the steps and examples, will have a far greater chance for a job offer from the Federal government than someone that doesn't use the "Military to Federal Career Guide" book.

Semper Fidelis to the staff of Amazon.com for your professionalism.


5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended by Fred E. Coon, Chairman & CEO of recruiting and executive placement agency Stewart, Cooper & Coon, Inc.
What I really like about this book is the easy-to-follow layout. It is clear and I know how to find an issue area I wish to learn more about. I also feel the content is solid and the examples are as good as it gets for this difficult area to write about. Kathryn takes the mystery out of understanding the Federal process and makes it easier by laying out the issue areas clearly and providing examples for each. She also devotes an appropriate amount of time to the dreaded KSA's and how to cut them down to size and present your background well enough to make it through the maze of the Federal selection processes.

Kathryn also has excellent resources listed and her abundant research on the subject shows in the material that is presented. Like my book, it comes with a CD-ROM that has just excellent color, graphs, charts and indexing. Quite a treat to view.I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in working for the Federal Government. It will make the process so much easier to understand and I believe if you follow her advice, you will have a much better chance of consideration for employment in a very crowded arena. ... Read more

6. Career Opportunities in the Armed Forces
by C. J. Henderson, Jack Dolphin
Paperback: 284 Pages (2007-09)
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Asin: 0816068313
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7. Master The ASVAB: CD INSIDE; Score High and Launch Your Military Career (Master the Asvab (Book & CD Rom))
by Scott A Ostrow
Paperback: 672 Pages (2008-04-11)
list price: US$26.95 -- used & new: US$17.78
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Asin: 0768926025
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Jump-start your career and get the ASVAB scores you need with this comprehensive guidebook. Includes more practice tests than any other ASVAB resource, along with profiles of more than 125 military careers. Includes a CD with additional practice tests and a vocabulary builder. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Solid review book, Bad cd program
I'm in the Air Force and utilized this book as well as the McGraw-Hill Asvab book.I would say that this book is more indepth with all subjects, however did not cover everything that the McGraw-Hill book did.I scored a 56 the first time I enlisted and 4 yrs later I retook the test today on (pencil and paper)for better job opportunities and got an 88.The information inside the book is solid and should be studied, HOWEVER if you choose to utilize the cd as I did you will find faults within the software when you log in online.There are some questions that you will answer right and the program will tell you it's wrong.Also, if you're doing math make sure you follow the order of operations (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally).I found a problem in one of the tests that did not use this order and thus gave me a wrong answer.I would advise that if you're in HS and thinking about taking the ASVAB then definitely test, and if you don't do well then you can always retest within a month.However, if you're already enlisted and want to improve your score then study study study, test.Job opportunities can come at anytime and if you're wanting to retrain then make sure you're qualified for the job.Keep in mind that the military will keep the most recent test score, if you don't do well you can retest again in 6 months.Don't slack on your studies because overall, this will be your career for at least 4 years so don't get stuck doing a job you don't like.One final note, the more information you know the better you'll do.I had 2 asvab books and studied both.I would not say one was better than the other,however it did cover different questions/material that was very similar on the test.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful ASVAB assistance book
I picked this up because I was getting ready to join the air force and in turn take the ASVAB. This book is amazing in that it helps you with everything you need to succeed. This will help you in general areas even if you aren't going to take the ASVAB. It was definitely an awesome read and I would recommend this book to anyone that is preparing to get ready for the ASVAB.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bro
It works great for someone preparing to go into the military. Because the better you do on the ASVAB the better job selections you will be offered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best prep book out there
this thing really helped me study, aced the asvab first time i tried. its easy to read and has plenty of practice questions.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great reference material, but lacking in some areas.
Like many others who have had the great "pleasure" of taking the ASVAB ill-prepared in high school, resulting in a relatively low score, I was recommended to purchase a study guide. After leafing through a few pages of this guide, I came to the conclusion that this would be the best guide for those of us who don't have the additional time to work through a "step-by-step" program that many of the competitors provide. "Master the ASVAB" is chocked full of practice test material. It carefully outlines how the test is administrated, and how these practice tests, if taken under similar testing constraints as the real ASVAB, does a great job in preparing you for the real test. I found that many of the questions provided in this guide were also listed in the real ASVAB (can't beat that!) This guides only downfall is its lack of math and word knowledge preparation. I found that many of the math knowledge questions provided in both this guides practice tests and the real asvab were not properly explained in this guide, if at all. Furthermore, I found that this guides method of educating its reader with word knowledge brief and a little uninformative (something similar to the "flash-card" system provided in the text would be nice.) However, where this book is lacking in those two fields it significantly makes up for in the mechanical and engineering sections. With plenty of detailed diagrams and thorough explanations, this guide can seemingly turn any reader into an apprentice mechanic or engineer. All in all, I am well pleased with my purchase. Scoring a 90 on the ASVAB has significantly improved my chances in gaining my preferred military career.

4 1/2 stars. ... Read more

8. America's Top Military Careers: The Official Guide to Occupations in the Armed Forces
Paperback: 427 Pages (2000-04)
list price: US$19.95
Isbn: 1563707063
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Contains the latest information on more than 20 military careers, and includes details on all branches of the armed forces. Perfect for both active and former military personnel, this book contains information gathered directly from the Department of Defense Careers Department. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Career Planning For Military!!
This book is great for anyone wanting, or considering to join the military. It provides descriptions on basically all the career paths and occupations you can choose from with the picture to go along with it. This book will help me narrow down on what I want to do in the military when I join the USMC. If you are not sure on exactly what you want to do for the military, but want to join, then this is the book for you. I love this book! (This can be especially good for young people like myself) ... Read more

9. Barron's Guide to Military Careers
by Donald B. Hutton
Paperback: 400 Pages (1998-09-01)
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Asin: 0764104896
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A must-read volume for everyone considering a career in the armed forces, this book describes military training and available academic and special training programs, as well as ROTC programs. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Dated
Barron's normally puts out a decent guide to about anything they approach; however, this book is currently over 7 years old, and is not organized as well as one should expect from Barron's. I woul d recommend you skip on this book and go online to research opportunbities at each branch's website. Don't forget that the Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, and National Oceanographic and Atmospeheric Agency are also uniformed services.

If you are interested in becoming a military officer, you may want to check out "How to Become a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Military," by Ron Taylor.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this book
It is out of date. Non informative and a waste of money. If you have done a little research you already know more than the author on what the military offers and the things covered in this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible book. Time better spent on the net
My biggest problem with this book is that it lacks an index so its mediocre format is especially painful. Having been qualified as a calvary scout (19D)and lately interested in Psych Ops (37F) I found information on both MOSs lacking.

A good portion of the book is dated including the many useless forms. Any forms you'll need your recruiter will have online.

A good example of the complacent editing this book has undergone:
Under U.S. Army - Popular movies listed include Private Benjamin and G.I. Jane (Navy Seal Drama).

I recommend instead researching on the internet and finding service specific literature: For instance the books by Robert S. Rush for those interesting in the US Army. Also the downloaded game from the U.S. Army website is also a great resource.

1-0 out of 5 stars elementary information
i found this book to be extremely elementary as far as it's content.there was nothing in this book that you couldn't find on the various military web sites.i thought that the material was to general and i found most of was not helpful.i recommend that you find another source for information on this topic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Direct!
I Ratmouse hereby endorse this book to anyone considering joining the military. Donald B. Hutton does an excellent job in outlining the various paths available to the prospective conscript (including the US Coast Guard- which otherwise is difficult to find detailed information about). He explains the options available for those considering the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines (and Coast Guard), the ROTC program, and outlines specific careers and skills to be attained in the United States Armed Services. The nuggets of information found in this easy-to-read, well-diagramed book can make all the difference in one's specialized future as a proud member of the world's most powerful security branch and peacekeeping body- the Unites States Armed Forces.

While some Americans may scoff at the notion of joining the military, and will even criticize the efforts of young men and women who daily risk their lives to serve their country- do not let the sheltered and small-minded ignoramuses deter your will. When joining the Armed Services, you are first and foremost protecting the United States Constitution and our democratic way of life. Sadly, there will always be people who take our liberties for granted, and take for granted the courage and sacrifices our soldiers have made, and continue to make, for the greater good of our country. You are not fighting solely for ivory tower liberals who do not care about you. You are fighting for the higher principles of democracy, civility, national security, and freedom. This book will get you started on that just and noble path. ... Read more

10. Minuteman: The Military Career of General Robert S. Beightler
by John Kennedy Ohl
Hardcover: 291 Pages (2000-11)
list price: US$59.95 -- used & new: US$72.51
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Asin: 1555879233
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beightler Family
I have purchased this book for my father who is a Beightler and was a cousin to General Beightler, and know that he would absolutely love to add this to the growing number of family books.I have been very fortunate and honored to hear the many stories of my uncles and father regarding their military service during WWII (Europe, Pearl Harbor), Korea, etc. My son, who has served in Iraq and was injured (and recommended for the Purple Heart)is also a very proud American and all things military, so much so that he has named his dog (huge dog) Patton!. ... Read more

11. When A Man Loves To Fly: A Case for Family Life In A Military Career
by Benjamin Fred Jr. Starr
Paperback: 404 Pages (2006-05-09)
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The book is about family life. It starts with the formation of a family unit soon after Virginia Starr graduates from Murphy High School. She was very young, only sixteen years old. She was more or less a camp follower during the first two years of Fred's service as a Cadet and only about three months service as a Second Lieutenant. Then, about two years and four months of school, with Fred studying every night to well after midnight, trying to maintain a C average in order to stay in school under the GI Bill of Rights. The money need to run a family, over and above the stipend provided by the GI bill was earned by Ginny working for the Department of Agriculture in Atlanta. She paid for the first airplane - a PT-23 primary trainer. There were three children, Rick, Mark, who was seven years younger than Rick, and Cindy, two and a half years after Mark. Each chapter in the book illustrates some interesting characteristic of family life and military life thoroughly mixed together within a close-knit Air Force Family. There are stories about flying over the deserts of Arizona, having babies in little Air Force Clinics, survival in Alaska, atomic weapons that helped win the cold war and, the excitement of moving around the country, even getting pregnant in a camping trailer at Yellowstone Park. Stories about Cushman Eagles (motorcycles) and flights in a Beechcraft Debonair. Mark soloed at age sixteen and enjoyed BigManOnCampus status during his high school years at Mascoutah, Kansas. The stories about getting promoted to General Officer after being a C student, reading very slowly and difficulty remembering names, totally unlike any general known to the author of this book, is a big story. The support of a great family was one of the main factors. The family support all the way through the book is an outstanding feature, and the Blessings of a Loving God overcomes a lot of weaknesses all the way through. ... Read more

12. Hero of Beecher Island: The Life and Military Career of George A. Forsyth
by David Dixon
Paperback: 275 Pages (1997-02-01)
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Asin: 0803266057
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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George A. Forsyth took a determined stand against Sioux and Cheyenne Indians at the Battle of Beech Island inĀ 1868 and in the process transformed this minor frontier skirmish into a legendary symbol of the American West. This engagement helped mold popular conception of Indian warfare and provided Forsyth with the reputation of being an intrepid Indian fighter like George Custer and Buffalo Bill. Although this image of Forsyth is not necessarily incorrect, it is certainly incomplete.

Forsyth began his military career with the firing on Fort Sumter in 1861. Like many other officers who would subsequently gain distinction in the Indian campaign of the West, he learned the art of warfare in the great battles of the Civil War. His ascendancy through the ranks paralleled the rise of the Union cavalry as an effective combat arm during the war, and his education as a cavalryman came under the watchful eye of Phil Sheridan, one of America's most compelling soldiers. The Forsyth-Sheridan relationship began on the Virginia battlefields and continued until 1881.

During this long period George Forsyth was one of Sheridan's most trusted aides, serving as the general's eyes and ears in countless military missions that took him from the banks of the Yellowstone to the sacred Black Hills and from the bayous of Reconstruction Louisiana to the palaces of Europe and Asia. Forsyth's varied military career was truly reflective of the army's role in the second half of the nineteenth century.

In addition to serving as an instrument of government Indian policy, the army carried out other important missions designed to foster internal development in the United States. These activities included exploring and mapping the remnants of the uncharted West: escorting railroad survey and construction crews and building forts along the major lines of commerce. As a staff officer, George Forsyth played an important part in all of these activities and more. Therefore, while this biography chronicles the life and military career of a remarkable soldier, it also provides fresh insight into the role that the United States Army played during the post-Civil War period.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting biography of a career soldier

Although George A. Forsyth participated in 88 engagements as a soldier in the Civil War and later was in many fights with the Indians on the Plains, it was for one encounter with the Cheyenne and Sioux that he is remembered: the Battle of Beecher Island, where he and a small force held off 750 besieging Indians on a small island in the Arickaree Fork of the Republican River in present-day Colorado for six days before help arrived. David Dixon relates this famous battle in full detail, but he also tells us the rest of Forsyth's life, which is pretty full and interesting.

Forsyth was born in 1837 in Pennsylvania and entered the army in the spring of 1861. He rose in rank from private to brigadier general in various cavalry units in the Civil War before being made chief of staff for Gen. Philip Sheridan.

After the war Forsyth was put in charge of an operation against the Cheyenne. It was in September 1868 that he had his famous fight on Beecher Island (named after Lt. Frederick Beecher who was killed there by the Indians). Forsyth was wounded three times. One strategic outcome of the action on Beecher Island was that Sheridan from this time on would utilize only large-scale campaigns against the Indians (Forsyth had been in charge of a small ranger-like force).

Once again on Sheridan's staff, Forsyth was on the 1874 Custer expedition to the Black Hills, during which he kept a diary that was later published. In 1875-76 he was sent by Washington on an inspection tour of various armies in Europe and Asia. In the 1880s he was in the southwest campaigning against the Apaches and commanded Ft. Huachuca, AZ. It was here that Forsyth was court-martialed on money mismanagement charges, found guilty, and formally reprimanded. In 1890 he retired from the army. He authored two books which were published in 1900 and died in Rockport, MA, in 1915.

Dixon is an excellent writer, scholarly but not dry and overly academic. He is obviously impressed with Forsyth's accomplishments, but not to the point of hero-worship. He relates his subject's story in detail, but keeps it interesting. The chapter on the Beecher Island fight unfolds dramatically in Dixon's hands. Those who are interested in army life in the Old West will find much to like about his biography of the "hero of Beecher Island."

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The "hero" in the title of David Dixon's Hero of Beecher Island is George A. Forsyth, an Army officer and Renaissance man who, Zelig-like, seemed to be involved with every matter of import in turn of the century America.Friend of Custer and Bill Cody, enabler of railroad expansion, renowned Indian fighter, shaper of US Army Policy, explorer of Yellowstone, world traveler, enforcer of Reconstruction, and popular author, Dixon paints a picture of a Da Vinci with a Sharps rifle.
There is much information contained within the book about the changing face of the US Army in which Forsyth served and later commanded.Dixon carefully details Forsyth's military experience.We begin to get a sense of what changes were going on in the Army during Forsyth's life.The evolution of the calvary under Forsyth's mentor Phil Sheridan is documented in chapter three "You Have Got A Bully Fight on Hand" (52).Dixon continues delving into this military biographia in chapter four, "I'll Shoot Down Any Man" (61).Although this chapter is mostly about the tense struggle of Beecher Island, the centerpiece of the book, it's what leads Forsyth to Beecher Island that stands as most interesting.Dixon brings out the idea that the railroad and the military were hand in glove in the old West, providing a late twentieth century reader to reflect on similarities between this paradigm of the Old West and the military-industrial complex of the Cold War era.Dixon infers a similar parallel at the beginning of chapter six, "The Armies of Asia and Europe" with the quote that the U.S. Army was, ". . . comparatively unknown, least appreciated, persistently misunderstood, and, for political effect, frequently misrepresented and occasionally even recklessly maligned in our national legislative hall" (122).The parallels to today's military are unmistakable.
In "I'll Shoot Down Any Man," Dixon relates the battle of Beecher Island well, describing Forstyth as an incredibly brave, capable, and stoic commander; the glue that kept his Army irregulars together under withering Indian attack.It's a story as old as the Greeks, but Dixon handles its retelling with a light touch, drawing the reader into the tension filled atmosphere.
Related in chapter eight,"To the Scandal of the Service" (168), Forsyth's fall from grace, brought about by shady business deals, is jarring.Forsyth's character needed to be more fully rounded out before the introduction of his court martial. Up to this chapter, there had beenno mention of possible improperties.Indeed, Forsyth had seemed squeaky clean, a devoted father, husband and officer.Worse, there's no discussion of how prevalent economic speculation was in the time period.Questions arise.Was it primarily a military crime?Was it a civilian problem as well? How was it seen in the "elite social classes"(169) that Army officers traveled in as second-class citizens? Dixon attempts to make the claim that Forsyth's head wound, sustained in the Beecher Island battle, had caused an insanity that made him mismanage his money.It seems odd, however, that the only way that this "madness" manifested itself was through bad business sense.Although Dixon writes, ". . . there is little doubt that Forsyth was. . . seriously afflicted with some mental disorder. . ." (186), from the evidence presented, the only mental disorder applicable seems to be greed and poor business sense.
Readers of Beecher Island are expected to have a good knowledge of turn of the century world history before picking up the book.Educated readers will be rewarded.Dixon tells a lucid story that is gripping at points and presented in a traditionally tragic style.Forsyth is portrayed as a great hero whose hubris eventually brings him low. However, a non-historian audience is bound to have problems.The book lacks contextualization of what was going on elsewhere in the world while Forsyth was shaping American culture.There's no sense of connectedness outside the biography, no asides that explain how Forsyth's opinion of the calvary compare to that of the calvary's place in the First World War.There's no sense of contradiction that a man helping to work for racial equality for Blacks in Reconstruction-era Louisiana could also help devise the Army's genocidal Indian policy.Dixon tosses around phrases like "The Burnt-Over District" (99) without defining them for the casual reader.He also has a tendency to not completely explain issues.In the chapter entitled, "The Armies of Asia and Europe," he mentions that Forsyth said that the Japanese army was 20 years ahead of anything in America but fails to explain why Forsyth thought so. (128) And finally, there's not enough convincing evidence to allow madness to explain the shoddy business speculation that brings Forsyth to end his life in shame.True, the book is a biography not a sociological study, but a man who was such a turn stone in such a far-reaching, influential part of American culture like the Old West, needs to be explored further for the non-professional historian.
Dixon accomplishes what he sets out to do in the title: explicating the life and military career of an important man.Perhaps with a different title, signifying a different focus, the book would have appealed to a wider audience.All of Forsyth's exploits are summed up in the words of an unidentified member of Forsyth's Yellowstone expedition.After Forsyth foolhardily attempted to ford a raging river and had to be pulled from it, someone said, "The colonel must have had a charmed life" (140).It is this charmed life, mated with Dixon's attention to detail and capable writing that could produce a Forsyth book that would appeal to both historian and casual reader alike.
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13. The Military and Teens: The Ultimate Teen Guide (It Happened to Me (the Ultimate Teen Guide))
by Kathlyn Gay
Hardcover: 152 Pages (2008-05-13)
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The Military and Teens covers the major issues young adults should consider before making a decision to join the armed forces. Although each branch of the military provides print and electronic materials on what it has to offer enlistees, very few YA books take a pro-and-con look at military service. Moreover, commercial military books mostly cover specific wars or give tips on surviving induction and training. ... Read more

14. The U.S. Navy and Military Careers (U.S. Armed Forces and Military Careers)
by Taylor Baldwin Kiland
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From the exploits of Commodore John Paul Jones in the American Revolution to its current service in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy has defended freedom across the world s oceans and seas. Today, the men and women of the Navy must adapt to diverse challenges, whether it is a military operation or a humanitarian mission. Taylor Baldwin Kiland describes the opportunities the Navy offers, as well as its history, current missions, and the mighty ships that protect America and its allies. ... Read more

15. Out of Uniform: A Career Transition Guide for Ex-Military Personnel
by Harry N. Drier
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Discusses the psychology of the transition to civilian life, and offers advice on planning and job search strategies. ... Read more

16. The U.S. Army and Military Careers
by Earle Rice Jr.
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From a ragtag collection of former colonial militia to the cutting-edge fighting force of the twenty-first century, the United States Army has always answered the call to serve its country. Today, its members are needed throughout the world to protect U.S. interests, provide humanitarian aid, and to maintain peace. The U.S. Army and Military Careers takes the reader inside this military branch s history, describing its current operations and structure, exploring the career paths it offers, and spotlighting the equipment and the soldiers who keep America free. ... Read more

17. Qualifying for Admission to the Service Academies: A Student's Guide (Military Opportunity Series)
by Robert F. Collins
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A guide to the five service academies including information about their history, facilities, entrance criteria, application procedures, academic program, degrees awarded, and the types of jobs available after graduation. ... Read more

18. Opportunities in Military Careers, revised edition (Opportunities InSeries)
by Adrian Paradis
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Are you looking for the latest information to open the door to the career of your dreams? Opportunities in Military Careers covers a range of jobs in this sector, from those that require high school and trade school to associate, four-year, and graduate degrees. You'll find up-to-date salary statistics, training requirements, as well as the lowdown on life on the job. This comprehensive, no-nonsense guide takes the stress out of launching a career that's both satisfying and financially rewarding.

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good reference on the Military and a Career in one
While deciding on a career in the Military a few years a go, I turned to this reference book for more information.I enjoyed its completeness on all the branches which helps you to decide on which on to join.

She is complete in her analysis of the five branches, pros and con for joining, education and training, and the different careers, etc.

I recommend this for all those who are considering the military as their future career.

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19. Military (Careers for the Twenty-First Century)
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20. Consigned Indifference: The Military Careers of Six Civil War Generals with Tenuous Fame
by Ron V. Killian
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The military saga of the generals discussed in this manuscript represents only six of the nearly 1,000 notable individuals who held the exalted rank of general during what is perhaps America's most important conflict. While many of these individuals have received their just attention, one can only hope that future historians will investigate the lives of those who have not. This volume examines the plight, problems, situations, etc. of the following six generals: General Charles P. Stone, U.S.; General Charles Smith Hamilton, U.S.; General Lloyd Tilghman, CSA; General George Stoneman, U.S.; General Evander McIvor Law, CSA; General Charles Garrison Harker, U.S. Numerous illustrations enliven the text, and a section devoted to "Epitaphs and Notes" completes this work. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A seminal work of enduring value for Civil War Studies
There were almost one thousands men who achieved the rank of general during the American Civil War. Six of the more obscure but still quite significant of those men are showcased in "Consigned Indifference: The Military Careers of Six Civil War Generals with Tenuous Fame", a 428-page historical compendium focused upon Union generals Charles P. Stone; Charles Smith Hamilton; George Stoneman; Charles Garrison Harker; and Confederate generals Lloyd Tilghman and Evander McIvor Law. The informed and informative text is nicely enhanced with a number of historical illustrations. Of special note is the opening chapter presentation on Civil War era generalship as perceived and conducted by both the North and the South. A seminal work of enduring value for Civil War Studies, "Consigned Indifference" is very highly recommended for personal, academic, and community library collections.
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