Worrgamesguy--I would like to echo what MadisonBoats said and add a few thoughts. (1) Keep a diary of some kind--written, on a computer, saved on a flash drive, or whatever. I can't tell you how often and how much I regret not having created some record of the years of my life which you are now entering. (2) Take some time, once a year, to see where you are and where you need to go in the five-year plan Shawn mentions, and (3) Read not only the military manuals he mentions--just read--period. You'll always be learning and books are a friend which will never desert you. Finally--good luck!