Boots to Loafers

  • by LTC John W. Phillips
  • Narrated by CAPT Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret
  • 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best military transition field manual. A no-nonsense process for any transitioning military member that is based on real experiences. This audiobook is a true guide for what you need to know, not what an ACAP or TAP instructor has in their script
Every military service member will experience three phases as he moves from a military career to a life outside the gate: transition, transformation, and integration. The foundation of Boots to Loafers is built upon these three concepts. They provide the structure for the advice and guidelines I want to convey to you. You may experience each of these to different degrees depending on your wishes, circumstances, goals, and surrounding environment.
These three stages will vary from individual to individual, and they will be shaped by one's attitude and inner strength as well as his ability to manage the hurdles of life. From the first day you set foot into boot camp, no matter what service you have been in, until the final days of pre-deployment training exercises or redeployment, you are taught to always pay attention to every detail in every situation.
Our military knows how to turn you on and get you fired up for a mission. Transitioning out of boots will require the same focus on details and the energy to get fired up for your next mission, getting a job. More than a decade of war in God knows where in the world and many of America's treasure, our young men and women, will come home and be lost when it comes to preparing for their next fight - finding a job!
Many will leave the military voluntarily; more than 1.5 million will leave in the next five years. Boots gives them a helping hand, a guide: their new field manual that I never had when I retired from the US Army and entered corporate America. Let me help them find their new true north.

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What did you learn from Boots to Loafers that you would use in your daily life?

It Translates! Remember the experiences that one has in life translate into the workforce. Just make sure your resume says it and you can speak to it.


Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the insights from CAPT Spalding in the bonus section.

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- Tyler Thomas

Read this book - well before you EAS or retire!

What made the experience of listening to Boots to Loafers the most enjoyable?

LTC Phillips was very thorough in the guidance that he provided for transitioning service members. He covers every aspect of the move from a military to a civilian career. CAPT Spalding provides a clear and concise reading of this book with tone and inflection when necessary. LTC Phillips was also very kind to allow CAPT Spalding with the outstanding opportunity to promote the great volunteer work provided by the volunteers and staff of the Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.


What other book might you compare Boots to Loafers to and why?

This is the first book that I've "read" related to transitioning service members.


Have you listened to any of CAPT Kevin F. Spalding USNR-Ret’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Have not listened to any of CAPT Spalding's works before this one.


What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Our service men and women really need to regularly thinking about their next chapter(s) in life. There are too many instances of, typically, junior enlisted members who wait until it's too late to begin their transition into the corporate sector, then they grasp at any job they can get rather than carefully planning out their next career moves. This results in a very low retention rate for veterans in new positions because they weren't prepared. This book is an incredible resource - please use it early!!!


Any additional comments?

Thank you LTC Phillips for the time and efforts that you dedicated to this very important topic! It was also great having Mr. Falcone (an HR professional and not a military veteran), contribute to the book as well. His experiences in this space and how it relates to transitioning military provided above-and-beyond credibility for LTC Phillips work.

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- Aaron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2015
  • Publisher: Boots to Loafers, LLC.