One reason why we’re so proud about selling General Motors vehicles is that they give back in so many ways, especially when it comes to supporting our troops. One of our favorite ways that GM supports the US Army is through the GM Vets to Techs program, which trains soldiers on how to work as an automotive technician.
How does Vets to Techs work?
The Vets to Techs program works by training soldiers in a 12 week, 480 hour course in the last 90 days before they’re discharged. The program is held at the Ford Hood base in Killeen, Texas, and so far 116 people have been trained since it began in 2014 — with about a third of them currently working in the service department of a GM dealership. Of course, some have also moved on to work at non-affiliated service shops or other non-GM service centers.
The Vets to Techs program teaches them transmission servicing, electrical diagnosis, engine teardowns, and more. The students learn through a combination of classroom environment, online and shop training. When they graduate, they’re ready to handle many kinds of light repairs and to start GM’s in-dealership training program if hired. The Vets to Techs program is still pretty small, since it is only at the one base, but there’s a lot of potential for it to grow, and we hope it does!
How does GM support the military?
Apart from the Vets to Techs program at Ford Hood, GM tries to help out members of the military and the greater community in other ways. A great example of this is the Chevrolet Military Discount. Right now — through January 4, 2016 — all veterans and active duty members, reservists and retirees are eligible for the Chevy Military Discount program. Discounts can even be as high as $3,000 off certain models like the 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500.
Holiday Automotive is proud to sell and service GM vehicles, and we’re thankful for everything that the members of the US military has done for our county. Make sure to contact us if you’re interested in learning about military discounts on new vehicles at Holiday Automotive!