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The Next Mission: Autonomy

Some veterans are discovering that the rigid life of the military can be the ideal preparation for the freedom of entrepreneurship.

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This story appears in the July 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The close connection between service and became clear to Mike Haynie shortly after he began teaching at Syracuse University in 2006, after serving 14 years in the U.S. Air Force.

"Entrepreneurship confers a sense of and control that many veterans find exceedingly attractive after an extended period of military service, where individual autonomy and control is 'given up' for the greater good of the organization," says Haynie, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse.

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