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


WASHINGTON — General Motors, the U.S. Army, and Raytheon Co. today 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.”

The training will be conducted by Raytheon Professional Services, which is one of the world’s largest training companies. RPS currently develops and delivers training solutions for GM technicians worldwide and was integral in establishing the GM Service Technical College, an in-house resource which provides comprehensive training to GM personnel.

“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.”