“Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice.”
― Stephen E. Ambrose, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment,
101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
Our nations’ veterans put their lives on hold, sacrificing what they want to protect the ideals of freedom and justice. For many of us who have served, we look back at this time as some of the greatest times of our lives. When we transition from military to a civilian career, many of us are highly successful because of exceptional leadership, values, and the benefits we earned while we served.
Traditionally, the GI Bill is used for attendance at a four-year college or university. For so many of our veterans, skills obtained prior to or during military service more effectively transition to trade schools or a certification in their field. Unfortunately, for many of our veterans, the benefits they have sacrificed so much for go unused because they do not attend a community college or a four-year university, or simply don’t understand how the benefits can be used. The GI Bill covers a number of technical and vocational programs as well as high-tech training, licensing and certifications, including VMware certifications.
Leaving the Army and transitioning to college was an incredibly difficult decision. While I qualified for vocational rehabilitation, the VA counselor would not sign off on my request to go into the IT field. It was 2003, the tech bubble was still a painful memory, and the industry was still recovering. I was adamant that I wanted to be in the high tech field, so I took my GI Bill, and worked my way through college supporting my family while attending school in the evening. As it turns out, that was the best choice I could have made. The GI Bill enabled me to move my career to the next level, and more importantly, instilled a desire to learn constantly through formal and informal methods.
For many of our nation’s veterans, the transition from military life is more challenging than the battlefield. Many have spent much of their adult life following orders, wearing a uniform, and often working in a field, which may not translate to civilian life. Adjusting to a trade or an office setting requires education, and a shift in focus. Even when transitioning from a military to civilian career within the same field, education coupled with experience makes the veteran stand out above their peers.
As a veteran and a VMware employee, I am proud to announce that VMware certifications and training are covered by the GI Bill. This will allow those who have sacrificed so much an opportunity to be successful in their civilian career transitions, keeping current with rapidly changing technologies.
The process requires that you apply through the Department of VA Online Application portal, or contact them directly for the application. The details of the application process can be found on the VA website.VMware certifications are broken into several categories covering Datacenter Virtualization, Cloud Management and Automation, Network Virtualization, and Desktop and Mobility. Each category has four levels ranging from Associate to Design Expert. The table above shows the breakdown of certifications. More information can be found on the VMware Certification website.
Holding a number of technical certifications, I have always looked at my VMware certifications as the most valuable, simply because I see this as the future of our industry.
We are grateful for those who are willing to sacrifice for us, to enable us to build our lives, our families, and our livelihood. Without our nation’s veterans, our story would be so much different, and we owe them more than we can repay. Helping our veterans use the benefits they have earned is something we should all do with pride, giving them a hand so they can grow their post-military careers successfully in whatever direction they choose.
To learn more about how to use the GI Bill and what benefits VMware Certifications have, please use these links:
VMware Certification Portal: http://mylearn.vmware.com/portals/certification/?ui=www_edu
VMware Certification FAQ’s: https://mylearn.vmware.com/portals/certification/?menu=faq