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14 G.I. JOBS | JULY 2018 | GIJOBS.COM SUCCESS STORIES JUNIOR ENLISTED Army skills help propel one-time tanker to top ranks of NASCAR. RIGHT ON TRACK AS A FIRST-TERMER, Tim Clark loved being in the Army. He loved being an armor crewman. He even enjoyed boot camp. "Something clicked in the second week of basic training where I just understood what was happening." He under- stood why the intense rigor, organization and discipline were important for the suc- cess of individual soldiers as well as for the Army as a whole, and he embraced it. It has always been Clark's MO to "soak up" every experi- ence as best he could, know- ing that "there's a learning or message or takeaway in anything that you do." It was this ability to see the bigger picture and to recognize the importance of basic life skills and personal attributes acquired in the military that helped propel Clark from an E-4 at Fort Riley to vice president of digital media at NASCAR. HUMBLE BEGINNINGS Like so many others who enlist in the military after high school, Clark didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. Somewhere during his four years as a soldier, he figured out that he was interested in marketing. When up for re-enlist- ment, Clark was at a cross- roads. He briefly searched for marketing-related opportunities within the Army, but eventually he decided that if he were go- ing to re-enlist, he would continue as an armor crewman. Despite the love for his job, he recognized that continuing in his current MOS wouldn't be the best move for the long term: "I knew it was in conflict with my career interest of marketing and media." Having made that deci- sion, he transitioned to a civilian career. Clark credits the Army's workshops on résumé-writing and interviewing — and a letter of recommendation from his company commander — with helping him land his first gig in marketing at a newspaper in Richmond, Va. Tim Clark Vice President of Digital Media NASCAR Age: 42 Education: Bachelor's degree, marketing, Strayer University Military Service: Specialist (E-4), Army (1993-1998) "The things outside of my MOS are things that have served me best in my career and life." BY STEPHANIE MONTAGUE

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