Michael Lyons thought he had a career plan: Continue working as an equity trader on Wall Street and finish 20 years of service with the Army National Guard.
Then came layoffs. His well-paying civilian job was gone.
So Lyons, 45, of Princeton, turned to full-time employment in the New Jersey National Guard, where he found job security and benefits.
He is among tens of thousands of men and women who looked at the vagaries of the civilian job market and chose the military.