Would you be willing to at least try?
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?
That’s exactly what I’ve decide to do with the Military Decision Making Process – MDMP.
Let’s take each step with regards to the Transition Process and see how we can use this process to experience progress during the Transition Process.
Step 1: Receipt of Mission. This begins the decision making process. Take a look at the table below that compares what happens during this step when planning for military operations and what could happen when planning transitional operations.
- Higher headquarters (HQ) issues an order or current situation requires a new COA be developed
- Warning orders (WARNO) are sent out to staff elements who begin preparation for mission analysis
- Staff gathers SOPs, existing estimates, FMs, maps, graphics, and other documentations needed for mission analysis
- CDR determines timeline from mission receipt to mission execution and what major products are produced from the staff and subordinate units
- Service Member (SM) decides it is time to prepare for separation from the military and transition
- SM discusses decision to separate and transition from the military (WARNO), discussing dates and timeline.
- SM may have to prepare and submit required paperwork to request separation from the military (i.e. retirement packet)
- SM and family begin planning, making checklists of tasks to complete in preparation for separating from the military
During Receipt of Mission detailed analysis of the operation and assessment of unit capabilities occurs and drives the CDRs actions. In comparison during transition planning, the SM also performs detailed analysis about the direction of their military career. They will also assess their capabilities and/or marketable skills for life after the military. It is interesting to see the similarities in this step between the two very different operations.
Another observation is that during this step of MDMP one major assessment is realized and that is the initial allocation of time – how much time is available to execute this detailed planning for the operation versus the need for immediate action. It is at this step the CDR decides if an abbreviated MDMP is required. A transitioning SM could find themselves in the same situation in today’s military where officers are receiving pink slips and abruptly planning for separation much sooner than anticipated.
So far I like the MDMP process for transition planning because in Step 1 ‘Receipt of Mission,’ the focus is on detailed planning, assessing capabilities, timeline development, and creating products – all very useful and applicable when planning for separating from the military. Join me tomorrow when I take a look the Transition Process through Step 2 ‘Mission Analysis’ of the MDMP.