You’re not the only one who’s been fooled into thinking the military will provide a seamless transition into law enforcement.
In truth, they are VERY different careers that need VERY different skill sets. “Protect and serve” looks way different than “kill”. But a political class increasingly divorced from the realities of military service, the shrinking lobbying power of vet organizations (who themselves seem unable to connect with post 9/11 vets), and an economy that doesn’t have the tools to translate military skills into civilian employment, has led tons of veterans like you to look for an equivalence where there isn’t any. The consequences of this lack of communication between civilian and military worlds has brought us the militarization of police, a growing homeless veteran population, and the squandered potential of the VERY SAME TROOPS everyone likes to say they support unconditionally.
I got some thoughts, here, is what I’m sayin.