Creating Tech Apprenticeships For Military Veterans

AVC community member Bill McNeely is doing a Kickstarter to create tech apprenticeships for military veterans.

I backed it this morning and I thought all of you should know about it too.


Comments (Archived):

  1. LE

    Great idea just backed it.

  2. Jordan Selleck

    Elite Meet is exploring this very opportunity at our event in San Francisco this Wed-Thurs. SEALs, Special Forces and Fighter Pilots connect with the business community through Elite Meet, a non-profit. 5 guys have gotten jobs. We’re supported by the Navy SEAL Foundation, SEAL Family Foundation, Hope For the Warriors. Message me if interested.

    1. Susan Rubinsky

      I’m on the board of a non-profit that sets up free coffee houses on U.S. Military bases around the world. We have over 300 coffee houses in 70 countries.Would love to find out how I could cross-promote Elite Meet. We already are working with several other companies to send fliers about companies that are interested in hiring veterans. The fliers get posted to boards in the coffee houses.Just this weekend, I happened to meet an army pilot and West Point grad who flew into the airport in Bridgeport, CT, to receive a shipment of coffee. One of the topics we discussed was post-military careers.Here’s our website –

      1. BillMcNeely

        Have you connected with Charolotte Creech at Patriot Boot Camp you should apply applications close on 8/6

        1. Susan Rubinsky

          No, we haven’t. That looks really interesting. I’m going to share it on social media.

    2. sigmaalgebra

      > Fighter PilotsLast week there was a headline claiming that there is a pilot shortage.

      1. pointsnfigures

        There is a plane shortage too

        1. sigmaalgebra

          A fighter pilot has been a very carefully selected person and given a lot of very expensive training. When I was at FedEx, the pilots were nearly all ex-military, often fighter pilots, and by far the most respected and professional people in the company. Generally it is assumed that a fighter pilot out of the military can get a really good job as a commercial pilot, for a passenger airline, cargo, charter, whatever.It would seem strange to take such a person and give them some introductory training in tech, likely HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for building Web pages.I know; I know; tech is supposed to be the hot, hot, hot, red hot, next, great new thing, nearly every company desperate to hire, even more desperate in Silicon Valley, with super high salaries, free gourmet lunches and dinners, high end exercise centers with trainers, Olympic pools, massages, concierge service for laundry, shoe polishing, hair cuts in the office while working, pets in the office, quickly getting rich from juicy stock options, etc. Maybe there is some, a little, hype in that picture?

  3. Susan Rubinsky

    LOVE this!

    1. Susan Rubinsky

      Also: Done and Shared.

  4. BillMcNeely

    I appreciate all the pledges. Right now there is a gap between folks getting training and certification (Coding Schools and certification schools like New Horizons) and the end user like the Department of Energy.If somebody has an apprenticeship program for Cybersecurity I can make an introduction to the Program Manager there.

    1. Tom Labus

      Good one

    2. PhilipSugar

      You know University of Delaware and University of Maryland Baltimore County received a big grant for this. If you need help I am sure they are willing to place people.

  5. awaldstein

    Nicely done Bill!

    1. BillMcNeely

      Thanks Arnold!

  6. Donna Brewington White

    No brainer for me. In.Thanks, Bill!

  7. Jay Lohmann

    Proud of you Bill! Always hustlin’! We have two startups in security – one in CyberHunt/Sec ( and one in Emergency Asset Management ( – but no formal apprenticeship programs. Matters not, we can still find way to put bodies work. I will also make a very strategic intro and, we’ll be donating as well. Call me. You have my #. Thanks to the rest of the VetFriendly community, too!

    1. BillMcNeely

      Hey Jay I will be messaging there is an opportunity with the Department of Energy

  8. Eric Friedman

    This is a great initiative and a huge need+opportunity for veterans.

  9. gbrandonthomas

    FYI, given the audience for this post, I wanted to plug Bunker Labs too: I have no affiliation – just the messenger.

  10. jason wright

    what are the HR economics of the US military?

  11. PhilipSugar

    Done. You know we just hired a network engineer directly out of the Marine Corp. He has really good skills. Super happy, not used to our work environment (very loose) but he is adjusting.

    1. BillMcNeely

      I am really glad to hear that Phillip!

      1. PhilipSugar

        His name is Derrick and we hired him from Camp Lejeunne. He is adjusting to the banter and the signs people put on each other’s cubicles But his skills and discipline are great.

        1. JLM

          .Plus, he’s probably handy with a KaBar and that can come in useful for birthday cakes and such.I thought I knew something about hand-to-hand combat being a Ranger and all. Then, I trained with some Force Recon Marines in Pohang, South Korea and took their knife fighting course. It was an eye opener.I still have my KaBar and a Fairbairn-Sykes SAS knife.Unfortunately, the only time I have ever used them was for …………………………………… birthday cake.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. PhilipSugar

            He is very quiet. He comes in early and changes every night into workout clothes (we have private bathrooms) He spent four years in the Marine Corp learning networking. He is skilled. He was hired to replace somebody that did not last a month. We are a tough shop. I would not want to play with him (any sort of fighting) He also must be in his early twenties.

    2. LE

      not used to our work environment (very loose)(I hope you have a suitable prank set up for him as part of the indoctrination. If you don’t do this you have let me down (all employees)).I never forget when my Dad hired an retired military office, a colonel. Super disciplined and had a way of getting the office paperwork ship shape. Would hover around to try and get my dessert when I ate lunch. Funny though during the summer he told me that a professor at school had died (he was mistaken). I was quite surprised when I returned to school and ran into him and he was quite alive. (This was pre internet not the type of thing that could happen today generally as you can find obituaries quite easily).Dr. William Zucker, died decades after I graduated:

      1. PhilipSugar

        We call him the silent sister. In our op’s team there are three big men. One is a mountain: 6′ 4″ 380 with a Grizzly Adams beard. He is the big sister. One is so bald he never is seen without a hat (all NY teams), he is the ugly sister.And Zucker directly translates to Sugar

    3. JLM

      .Lot of that going around. Pres Trump hired some guy from the Marine Corps the other day. Those Marines seem to be handy. Hope it works out for all of y’all.Semper Fi!Of course, I went to the same school as Chesty Puller.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  12. pointsnfigures

    The Bunker is an organization that tries to help vets with startups. TechStars does Patriot Boot Camps across the country. It is often hard to translate the skills they learned in the military to skills in business-but they are there. Leadership, organization, attention to detail, and a strong ability to execute are typical characteristics you will find in a vet. Of course, only a very very small percentage of America ever serves and becomes a veteran. I seem to recall it’s around 1% and often it’s family history that drives it.

  13. pointsnfigures

    Backed. Bonfire Warrior Project is doing great things in a different way for vets with PYSD