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The Reality of Life After Retiring From the Military

Posted Date: 11/03/2021

The Reality of Life After Retiring From the Military


NORTH VALLEY MILITARY SCHOOL - Command Sergeant Major Alinder served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years and then the U.S. Army for 26 years. After serving  in the Army, Command Sergeant Major Alinder decided he did his part and that it was time to retire. 


          Most people who serve in the military have the option to retire after they have completed 20 years of active duty. CSM Alinder continued to serve six years after he was allowed to retire.


          “I felt I did enough and it was time to move on,” said Sergeant Major Alinder.


           According to, “one in four veterans have a job lined up for after they retire from the Military. While 48% of veterans look for a job right after retiring from the Military.”


         “ I have always wanted to be a teacher and when the Commandant at NVMI called and offered me the job I took the opportunity” said CSM Alinder.


         CSM Alinder has been working at NVMI for two and a half years as a senior enlisted advisor and does not plan to retire for at least another eight to 10 years. 


         CSM Alinder said, “Continuing to work helps keep me young.”

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