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Warriors4Wireless (W4W) is a non-profit formed to bridge the gap between the demand for trained and deployable wireless technicians, and the thousands of qualified service men and women eager to transfer the skills they’ve learned in the military. Our organization provides training, advanced certification and transitional support, giving veterans the building blocks they need for an exciting and fulfilling career in the telecommunications industry.

Founded by veteran leaders in the wireless industry, W4W is now supported by a large number of telecommunications industry partners including American Tower, Crown Castle, MasTec Network Solutions, Shenandoah Tower Services, Site Link and more.

To learn more, visit:

warriors4wireless.org

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When asked who their programs were for, Scott explained, “The only requirement is a lack of fear of heights. This is an industry where leadership skills, dedication, and work ethic developed in the military are highly valued. While having a background in telecommunications would be helpful, we can train Veterans from any MOS in the skills and trade of the industry.”

If you are transitioning from the military, consider a profession in the wireless industry. It’s a field ripe with opportunity, and as both Scott and Vince noted, those opportunities vary from technician work to management and future industry leader opportunities.

As Vince said, “The technology is going to outlive us all. It’s an exciting field. If you want to be involved in an industry that impacts our way of life, this is it.”

Wireless by the Numbers

data according to CTIA, the Wireless Association

The Unites States wireless industry is valued at $195.5 billion.

The wireless industry directly/indirectly employs more than 3.8 million Americans, which accounts for 2.6% of all United States employment.

Over the next 10 years, these efficiency gains will be worth more than $1.4 trillion.

Continued 4G wireless network investments could mean investments of $25 billion to $53 billion – bringing $73 billion to $151 billion in GDP growth.

By 2020, it is projected there will be more than 16 billion M2M (machine to machine) devices worldwide, compared to 62 million in 2010.

The wireless industry accounted for $33 billion in productivity improvements for United States businesses in nine categories.