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GM, U.S. Army and Raytheon Partner to Train Soldiers Returning to Civilian Life


‘Shifting Gears’ equips transitioning soldiers to become GM automotive technicians

Unique training to take place on-base at Fort Hood 12-week course includes classroom, online and hands-on training Participants to receive career counseling; job placement services

WASHINGTON, DC -- August 4, 2014: General Motors, the U.S. Army and Raytheon Company announced they are teaming up to provide eligible transitioning Army soldiers with skills to become service technicians at GM dealerships after they return to civilian life.

The Shifting Gears Automotive Technician Training Program, a multi-year partnership between the two companies and the Army, will begin in August at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

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. Upon successful course completion and program graduation, veterans receive career counseling, job-placement recommendations and employment assistance from Army Soldier for Life centers, and access to available GM technician employment opportunities through GM’s authorized dealer network.

“Shifting Gears illustrates GM’s commitment to serving those who serve America,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president, U.S. Sales and Service. “GM has supported the U.S. military for 100 years. From providing purpose-built vehicles in conflict situations to today’s support for veterans and returning military personnel, we continue to be their strong allies.”