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February 10, 2009 4:57 AM Subscribe
Help me write a realistic transition to civilian life for my US Marine. (longer, clearer explanation inside)
posted by Tamanna to society & culture (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm writing a story in which the main character is a captain in the USMC, an OIF vet. She spent three years in Iraq, and now she's back in the US getting her law degree at UCLA under the military's Legal Education Program.
All my research on transition throws up tips on coping *professionally*- how to hunt for a job, how to write a resume, that sort of thing. My question is, what are the challenges she's going to face personally after moving to LA? Like, having issues adjusting to interaction that isn't between her and her CO/subordinates, or feeling 'naked' without her weapon because AFAIK UCLA doesn't allow students to carry guns even if they're active-duty servicememembers.
She does have kind of a support system (her brother also lives in LA, and her roommate is an FBI agent) but there's nothing like the 'military family' feel I'm told is common in the bases.
I'd love both general suggestions and more specific anecdotes- as a non-military non-American, I'm thoroughly lost. Thanks in advance!