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July 5, 2013
By George E. Matthews

Photo Caption: Army Career & Alumni Program counselor, Lori Mann offers guidance to a transitioning soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

FORT GEORGE MEADE, Md. -- One of the hottest careers in the DoD these days is intelligence -- intel. Whether it's tracking down bad guys, understanding the enemy's strategy and tactics, or ferreting out those trying to bring us to our knees via cyber warfare, good intel is a critical component of today's strategy for keeping America safe.

At various levels, military folks commonly employ intel tactics to learn about the new commander, promotion opportunities, their chances for a coveted assignment, and an endless list of other things. It is therefore puzzling for us in the Transition Assistance Program community when we consistently see clients fail to demonstrate the same level of energy in seeking intel about the job search process.