What if you could take a proven system that works and place it against a life event like Military Transition for guaranteed progress and success? Would you be willing to at least try?
This is what I discovered when I decided to look at systems and processes that I used during my military career, systems that were effective in allowing me to be successful in accomplishing my job in the Army. I found that these systems could serve me in transition.
The military is an organization that has been successful because of the systems and processes it has created in order for its members to accomplish their tasks. I’ll be honest, these processes and systems make life a little easier, allow us to remember things and be more effective in executing our mission. So, I felt it was only fitting to put the transition process against a familiar military system and process – the MDMP = Military Decision Making Process.
The MDMP is a 7-step process to problem solving. It’s methodical, systematic, and ideal for use in decision making because it allows your thoughts and actions to be executed in a very organized manner.
I believe it is very fitting to put this process of decision making against a process like transition. Transition being such a significant emotional life event, it’s easy and common for Service Members to get caught up in the emotions associated with the transition process. Emotions that may be difficult to manage and even stall progress in the transition process.
With transition being executed using the MDMP steps, a Service Member has a better chance of staying on track and making progress in transition, despite dealing with emotions. One benefit of using MDMP during transition is that it allows you to compare multiple courses of action (COAs). Having multiple COAs to analyze during transition from military life to civilian gave me comfort in knowing that I had options and wasn’t tied into one path for my life. So I can definitely see the benefit to using MDMP for transition planning.
One criticism I heard throughout my military career about MDMP was the process is very time-consuming. The lengthy steps of MDMP may need to be abbreviated during tactical operations, but a life altering event like transition where detailed planning is critical to the success of the Service Member – it could be the very tool needed to guarantee a successful life after the military.
Over my next several blog posts I will breakdown each step of MDMP, place the transition process against these steps, and demonstrate how you can experience guaranteed progress in the transition process.
Here are the 7 steps to MDMP:
1. Receipt of Mission – the process begins with the receipt of a new mission – Transition
2. Mission Analysis – define the problem and determine feasible solutions
3. Course of Action Development – create multiple COAs
4. Course of Action Analysis – identify which COA accomplishes the mission with minimal loss or delay
5. Course of Action Comparison – compare pros and cons of each COA
6. Course of Action Approval – decide which COA works best for your situation
7. Orders Production – execute and tasks are issued out to your team (family, if applicable)
MDMP is an incredible process, it is very effective in combat operations especially when a large unit and staff are preparing to execute an operation – why wouldn’t it work for a significant life event like transition. Join me as we work through each step and get you moving forward in the transition process.