Not too sure if this is the right place for this or not, so I'm just going to go for it. The names Ryan, I'm a welder in the Army. I've got about a year left till I'm done and being that I like a solid game plan way before ever executing it, I'm starting to look into exactly what I'm going to do once I get out. Get all my ducks in a row, so to speak. Now first to say when I am finished in the Army I will have a total of 4 years welding experience. I would say I'm decent in all processes.So, My game plan is to sign up at a local trades school,brush up on things, do there 4 month schooling, and get as many certs. as I can. Then after that try to get with a union. I know alot of unions have "apprenticeship programs" and all that, but do you think it would be better if i went to school and showed up with certs. already or go through these union programs? or is there another route you advise I go? Greatest worry is just hitting the ground running, and having something solid that will help me provide for my family. Thank you for your time and any advice would be greatly appreciated.