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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
Colonel Michael Angley
United States Air Force (Ret)
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.
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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