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by Colonel Michael Angley - USAF (Ret)
Colonel Michael (Mike) Angley served for 25 years
with the U.S. Air Force as a Special Agent with the
Office of Special Investigations (OSI) before retiring
in 2007. He is currently an award-winning author
and serves as a PR Officer for Henley-Putnam
University, where he helps service members
transition to careers in strategic security.

Mike Angley is the award-winning author of the
Child Finder Trilogy.  His debut novel, Child Finder,
received the Silver Medal for Fiction in the 2009
Military Writers Society of America’s Annual Awards
program.  When it debuted in June, the esteemed
Library Journal placed it on its Summer Reads list
and called it a “compelling debut novel,” and a “real
find.”

You can visit Colonel Angley's website
here.
Colonel Michael Angley
United States
Air Force (Ret)
With so many service men and women returning
home from active duty, it is a time of transition and
decision-making for young heroes in this country.
Throughout my 25-year USAF career, I’ve seen
thousands of airmen go through this transition and
face the unique challenge of re-entering the civilian
workforce. When I retired, I made this transition
myself and witnessed first-hand the uncertainty and
anxiety inherent in leaving behind the comfort and
security of a military career. Whether you are
retiring with 20+ years of service, or leaving after
your first hitch, this transition can be daunting.
Arguably, the top three challenges military members
face when they hang up the uniform one last time
are:  understanding the private-sector culture,
translating military experiences into civilian terms,
and possessing the right education to land that
perfect job.  The various installation Transition
Assistance Program offices do a great job in
preparing troops for the first two challenges, but
oftentimes education is overlooked in the process.

With the recent passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill,
there are now more education benefits available for
service members than ever before. Eligibility begins
for veterans with as few as 90 days of service after
September 10, 2001, and quickly “maxes out” with
36 months of service. Tuition, books, and fees are
covered within certain program caps, and in many
situations vets are entitled to a monthly housing
stipend and a relocation allowance. For military
members willing to extend their service a little
longer, these benefits may now be transferrable to
dependent spouses and children.

While the unfortunate events of 9/11 brought
about this new GI Bill, they also ushered in a new
focus on strategic security. The United States
restructured major components of the intelligence
and law enforcement communities (IC & LE),
resulting in significant job growth in these arenas.
Along with these new jobs has come a greater
demand for a more professional, better-trained
workforce.

This is an exceptional moment for former service
members interested in careers in strategic security.  
If members interested in careers in strategic
security. If the new GI Bill provides the financial
means, institutions across the country have
delivered with accessible and exemplary degree
programs in the field. Further, online degree
programs – completely unavailable when I left active
duty – offer an important alternative for military
members with challenging schedules and
deployments. Financial resources, greater demand
for security professionals, and reputable online
degree options have coalesced to provide
unprecedented opportunity.

When I retired and struggled with what I wanted to
do next, the more I realized it was right in front of
me – helping military professionals make the
transition by finding education programs that
prepare them for challenging strategic security
careers. As a Public Relations Officer for Henley-
Putnam University – a 100% online university
focused exclusively on strategic security, with a
cadre of staff and faculty who have considerable
military, IC, and LE experience – I’m committed to
doing just that.
Colonel Angley has an M.A. in National Security
Affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School,
Monterey, CA, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice and
Psychology from King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
He is a former National Defense Fellow and Adjunct
Professor of International Relations at Florida
International University, Miami, FL, and is an Honor
Graduate of the Defense Language Institute’s
Korean language program.
Active Military
Service to the
Private Sector
Transition
from  Active Military
Service
to the Private Sector

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