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When Chris Crace, a Marine Corps captain, left the military in August 2006 he wasn’t sure what to do next — a dilemma for many former military personnel.

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Crace is the veterans advocacy leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Earlier this month, the consulting firm started a cybersecurity boot camp to give veterans training in the tech field. The first class of 41 former military personnel began Feb. 1.

A new boot camp for veterans

Chris Crace, a former Marine Corps Captain, now helps veterans find jobs at consulting company, PwC.

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Chris Crace, a former Marine Corps Captain, now helps veterans find jobs at consulting company, PwC.

Unemployment for all U.S. veterans has fallen to 5.3 percent, lower than the rate for nonveterans, according to the Department of Labor. Still, younger veterans face higher unemployment than their peers as they’ve had less time to translate their skills into civilian work than older veterans.

The veterans in the program are getting the hands-on training needed to succeed in cybersecurity, a field that has more jobs than the industry can fill. By 2020, there are expected to be 1.5 million unfilled jobs in cybersecurity, according to the 2015 (ISC)2 Global Information Security Workforce Study, released in April.

The skills the veterans are learning include computer fundamentals, securing a network and testing for vulnerabilities, said Burg, PwC’s global and U.S. advisory cybersecurity leader.

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Building a talent pipeline

And PwC’s cybersecurity boot camp program is not about charity, but rather about getting much-needed, qualified talent into the pipeline.

“Our vision for this program wasn’t to make a dent in veteran hiring, [but rather to] differentiate us [PwC] and help us meet the needs of our clients with the current talent shortage,” Crace said in a phone interview.

To attract more veterans into cybersecurity, PwC decided to change its job descriptions to allow the hiring of former military personnel without a bachelor’s degree.

“Do you really need a degree for technical work?” said Crace.

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Adjusting to the corporate world

A pin given to veterans who now work for PwC.

Source: PwC
A pin given to veterans who now work for PwC.

However, there are some differences between the military and corporate life.

“The big difference between the military and professional services, like PwC, is that we want to people to suggest ways to make things better. In the military you have to be careful to follow orders,” Burg said in a phone interview.

To help the new hires transition even after boot camp, PwC assigns battle buddies, a former veteran already working for the company who can provide advice and guidance. The firm also wants the new hires to stay for the long run, so they plan to continue to check in with the boot camp graduates to determine a career path.

The two-year mark is an important milestone for veterans because that’s when you are likely to get promoted or get antsy, according to Crace.

PwC plans to repeat the cybersecurity boot camp with future hires to continue to fill openings in its cybersecurity consulting practice.

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