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Mastering the Military Mid-Life Transition
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This article presents a summary of the key developmental events and challenges facing Army members during their late thirties and early forties so as to facilitate their own contingency planning for the central campaign of adult development at mid-life, or, in the case of those senior officers who have already negotiated these shoals, to better understand the predicaments of their subordinates. A crucial sequence of career events circumscribes and complicates this period of an officers life-a period of major physiological, emotional, and social transformations. How well we anticipate, plan for, and subsequently manage the mid-life transition will determine the structure of our later lives, both personally and professionally, and will affect our own performance as well as that of the units we lead before, during, and after the transition.
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