Wow. I can't believe that.... I am so sorry for the disruption to your plans, when, like you, I would have thought those were pretty solid plans! You have received some fiarly comprehensive advice, particularly the first response. I would only add that you may want to seek specific military opportunities that lend themselves directly to what you might want to do... specifically, usajobs.gov and look into some of the occupational outlook websites to see if there is any anticipated demand for what you want to do. As the former wife of an army veteran, he had tons of training, but not in what he wanted to do in the civilian world. Anything you can do to try to prepare, although there are no guarantees in life, will surely help. Best wishes to you in your transition!