It was the best of times — period. This quite simply and directly describes the Department of Defense climate within the era of 2006–2010, and my time as an officer in the United States Marine Corps can be classified synonymously. An epoch of belief, an age of rapid maturation and an indoctrination into the emotionally intelligent world of what I now call human resources was upon me.

When The Times Are A-Changin’  

Human resources as a discipline is no stranger to rapid and often extensive changes and reforms, especially over the last couple of years with the implementation of the reporting components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). For all intents and purposes, it’s practically our job to anticipate the arrival of change, prepare for it and adapt to its implications. As long as we work in a field where policies are driven in large part by the decisions of officials who differ on the basis of election cycles, change will be a glorious byproduct of our representative democracy.