Warriors 4 Wireless Veteran Jobs Program

May 09, 2015



Disclaimer: This list is NOT all inclusive. US Special Operations have dozens of firearms at their disposal. This list is just a sampling and is arranged in NO particular order.

     FN SCAR

The Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) is a modular rifle made by FN Herstal (FNH) for the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to satisfy the requirements of the SCAR competition. This family of rifles consist of two main types. The SCAR-L, for "light", is chambered in the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge and the SCAR-H, for "heavy", fires 7.62×51mm NATO. Both are available in Long Barrel and Close Quarters Combat variants.

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

10 Guns of the Special Forces

Pictured Above: FN MK 20 MOD 0 Sniper Support Rifle (SSR)
Cartridge
  • 5.56×45mm NATO(SCAR-L)
  • 7.62×51mm NATO(SCAR-H)
Action Gas-operated (short-stroke gas piston), rotating bolt
Rate of fire 625 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity
  • SCAR-L: 2,870 ft/s (870 m/s) (M855)
  • SCAR-L: 2,630 ft/s (800 m/s) (Mk 262)
  • SCAR-H: 2,342 ft/s (714 m/s) (M80)
Effective firing range
  • SCAR-L: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 500 m (550 yd) (Standard), 600 m (660 yd) (Long)
  • SCAR-H: 300 m (330 yd) (Short), 600 m (660 yd) (Standard), 800 m (870 yd) (Long)
Feed system
  • SCAR-L: STANAG box magazine
  • SCAR-H/SSR: 20-round box magazine
Sights Iron sights or various optics

FULL FN SCAR SPECS HERE

 

  Words by Bridget Foster.

Expanded Initiative Provides Civilian Hi-Tech Certifications to Servicemembers

As the wireless industry expands and upgrades the nation’s wireless facilities and mobile networks, it is estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 jobs will need to be filled over the next two to three years. Unfortunately, according to industry executives, it is also becoming increasingly difficult to find qualified and trained individuals to meet this need.

 

At the same time, more than 1 million servicemembers will be transitioning from active duty to civilian life as the military reduces its forces. Many are IT specialists with training and skills that are relevant to the wireless industry, such as wireless deployment, maintenance and technical support, but they lack the certifications required by employers in the industry that would reflect their skills and experience. This makes it difficult for them to secure employment in the telecommunications field.

Recognizing the need to bridge the gap between these two worlds, a pilot program called Warriors4Wireless was launched in 2012. Initially focused on the industry’s need for skilled tower-climbers to deploy telecommunications equipment and facilities, the program trained and placed over 50 participants. Building on this success, as well as the Obama Administration’s April 2013 call for the industry to facilitate civilian training, Warriors4Wireless was expanded to a national initiative this past November.

The expanded nonprofit program is a partnership between the federal government, the armed forces, wireless companies and industry trade associations. The program is open to all veterans and servicemembers with an interest in the wireless communications field and is being facilitated by Joining Forces, a national initiative providing support to military members and their families, and coordinators with the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program. They will be responsible for identifying qualifying candidates as well as publicizing job openings in the field.

Warriors 4Wireless will provide training, advanced certifications and the support needed for servicemembers to translate their military experience to civilian careers. According to news reports, the nonprofit has committed to recruiting, training, certifying and finding jobs for 5,000 veterans over the next three years. In addition to wireless certifications, the program aims to provide entry-level skills training for other telecommunications jobs as well. They expect to find placement for 100% of participants within ninety days of completing the program.

As part of the expanded initiative:

  • Aiken Technical College in Aiken, South Carolina, has been designated as the exclusive provider of Tower Installation training, supported by American Tower Company. The program began its first class on November 18, 2013 and the next session will begin on January 6, 2014.
  • MasTec, Inc. has committed to connecting 1500 job openings to participants of W4W during the first six months of 2014.
  • Futures Inc. will continue to support its US IT Pipeline, which is the online hub for matching and connecting servicemembers with training, certifications and employment opportunities.
  • CISCO is providing the platform for wireless employers and applicants to conduct virtual interviews.

“Connecting veterans with jobs in the wireless telecommunications industry will have far-reaching benefits,” said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler.