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Army, GM, Raytheon team for transitioning soldier training

Two U.S. companies -- General Motors and Raytheon -- have joined with the U.S. Army to provide automotive technician training to soldiers transitioning to civilian life.
By Richard Tomkins   |   July 29, 2014 at 5:08 PM
ARLINGTON, Va., July 29 (UPI) -- U.S. soldiers transitioning from the Army to the civilian sector are to have training and job opportunities as technicians with General Motors dealerships.

The opportunities come under a program called Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program, which is a multi-year partnership between the U.S. Army, General Motors and Raytheon.

"Soldiers transitioning to civilian life bring exceptional training, values and experience to American communities and their civilian workforce," said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. "Properly supporting our veterans requires a team approach from the Army, other government agencies and the local community."

Shifting Gears will be part of the Army's Soldier for Life support program, which helps soldiers reintegrate into their communities after leaving the Army. It consists of a 12-week customized, on-base classroom and hand-on technician training curriculum, followed by opportunities to work as a GM technician at GM's authorized dealerships.

Raytheon Professional Services will conduct the on-site training at military bases.

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