Bernard Bergan spent six years as an information system analyst for the U.S. Army, including one deployment in Afghanistan.

He saw combat, lost friends, and experienced a lot as a sergeant in the Special Forces unit.

But when it came time to leave the military in 2013 and an opportunity to land a job at Microsoft arose, Bergan felt the nerves. Transitioning from the military back to civilian life isn’t easy, let alone to start a fast-paced career in technology at the world’s third-most valuable company.

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