TWI: It Just May Be Your Favorite Year

By Steve Stark

Have you ever thought of trading in your ACUs for a business suit for a few months or maybe a year? This might just be your chance: the Army’s Training with Industry (TWI) program places up to10 acquisition professionals—majors and lieutenant colonels—with some of the top companies in the world: Intel, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Airbus, Amazon and many more. It’s more than just a wardrobe change: it’s a chance to get a career-broadening experience that can’t be obtained through the military or civilian university system.

For Lt. Col. Mark Henderson, who is ending a year working with Cisco Systems, “It’s been a unique opportunity to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, to be able to take a look at things from the outside looking in, and you can’t put a value on that.”

Maj. Anthony Leach worked with Airbus, and wanted to see if folks in industry experienced the same frustrations as people on the government side. “My primary goal going into it was to see how I could bridge the gap to lessen those frustrations,” he said.

“It’s definitely one of the best experiences I’ve had with the United States Army,” said Lt. Col. Joel Gegato, who worked with Intel.

See if TWI is right for you, or learn more about the experience from fellows who have participated.

The next application deadline for the next cohort of fellows is November 7, 2014. The program start date for that cohort is April – July 2015.

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