The Commissioned Officers Guide

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Today we’re speaking with soon-to-be Navy Veteran Jarrod H Smith, author of The Commissioned Officers Guide. Jarrod is currently in the middle of his transition from the Navy and spoke about his Naval Career. He also speaks about how COVID helped him realize what he wanted his transition to the civilian world to be like. These realizations are why Jarrod is working to dent the universe by turning the traditional approach to the Military Family “Transition” on its head. 


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About Our Guest

Jarrod’s grooming for this Mission began about nine years ago, during his MBA program in Monterey, CA. During his most recent academic experience in the ivory tower at National Defense University’s Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security & Resource Strategy, he realized the questions we ask with carefully chosen words matters most, and he asked himself: Are we doing transition right? The hour he spent thinking and reflecting was prompted by the 22-day pushup challenge on Facebook, Memorial Day 2020, because frankly, we’re not moving the planet with those (I did it myself). Having fought through mental health challenges, resulting from physical ailments, over the previous 3 years, he decided to begin assembling forces to give transitioning servicemembers a fighting chance. As a Son of God, Brother in Christ, Husband in the Church, and Father of 4 on Earth with their geriatric Lhasa Apso and an 80-lb puppy Mastador friend, Jarrod attained the rank of Commander (O5 paygrade) in the U.S. Navy with experiences in the submarine force, naval aviation, naval expeditionary, operational planning, information systems, and multiple deployments around the globe, he’s uniquely situated with the Imagination, Knowledge, and Experience (#IKE) to lead as IKE did during WWII, and provide the necessary planning guidance and structure to military families in preparation for their inevitable transition back into society. The lack of intentional, informed planning with financial literacy, money aptitude, whole health management throughout service time and lacking the “Why?” for self beyond the rank, weapons platform, and service branch are the smoking guns causing “Military Transition” to be so hard. It’s not about the military, but about the Servicemember’s and their Family’s Liberty Day, to allow for Total Freedom during service, and far beyond it.

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