Transforming veteran quality of life while providing clients with exceptional solutions.

Our V.E.T.S Program: Investing In One of America's Greatest Untapped Resources

“These guys come to us already trained and in teams that have already worked together. I would say that they are actually more effective than many of our college hires because they are more experienced, focused and they already know exactly what they need to learn. Bringing on a new squad was the easiest business decision I ever made.”

– Tim Snyder, VP and Business Technology Officer at Freddie Mac.

V.E.T.S.™ Program

(Vocation, Education and Training for Service members)

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For over 25 years, Sharp Decisions has been providing strategic business and technology consulting services to a variety of sectors. Recognizing the need to adapt to an ever-changing technology environment, Sharp Decisions made the investment to overhaul the landscape of the technology solutions business by infusing life into the industry’s talent pool with its industry-first V.E.T.S.™ (Vocation, Education and Training for Service members) Program. Created in March 2013, its core principle utilizes the extensive skill sets of U.S. Armed Forces veterans as the lifeblood of that revitalization.

Since the program’s inception, we’ve been able to reduce costs and improve the operations of technology teams across the country. Along the way, we’ve hired and trained almost 150 veterans, investing in their careers by providing them with a distinct growth path.

Our veterans are fully salaried/benefited employees throughout the entire boot camp-like, project oriented technology training. We operate our program without any government assistance and do not touch the veterans’ GI Bill benefits.

As our program continues to excel, our capabilities continue to grow. Starting with Quality Assurance, Software Testing and User Acceptance Testing, our success has enabled us to branch out into:

  • Project Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Cyber Security
  • Cloud Security

Our V.E.T.S. Program has filled the void as Sharp Decisions’ newest way to continue providing our clients with the best talent and solutions – as we’ve been committed to doing for more than 25 years.

INNOVATIVE IT SOLUTIONS

The V.E.T.S. Program has broken the mold for veterans’ employment efforts by making platoon-based training and deployments central to our program’s mission. V.E.T.S. provides boot camp-like, client-tailored corporate technology training to tech-savvy transitioning and industry-experienced veterans, supplementing their existing industry skills with specific, hands-on training to meet client needs.

Veterans’ hands-on experience with the military’s most cutting edge technology has prepared them to perfectly match the needs of our clients, as well as the needs of the technology industry.

They bring a resilient approach to obtain results, leadership, creative troubleshooting and problem solving under pressure, and a respect for each client’s unique culture and chain of command that have turned them into trusted, indispensable assets to our clients.

Once training is complete, veterans are deployed as Sharp Decisions employees to clients in squads of three or more, emulating the unit-based culture in which service members thrive in the military. The program empowers them to use previously acquired skills as both members and leaders of a team.

This business solution is grounded in the military’s most treasured and timeless principle – teamwork – and serves as a tri-fold benefit in the marketplace: providing immediate, measurable and cost-effective benefits to our clients’ bottom lines and creating promising career opportunities for veterans, while being the first program of its kind to bring corporate IT jobs back to America that have long been outsourced to overseas vendors.

Read why our V.E.T.S. Program works for our clients in Workforce Magazine and People.com.

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“V.E.T.S. is the kind of innovative thinking we need to bring across every industry. The toughest part of the transition for returning veterans is when they are finding a new culture, figuring out a new language and new skills. When you can eliminate most of that angst with squads of three or four and equip them with relevant life skills, you’ve set them on a trajectory for success. Once you do that, everybody wins: the client, the veteran and the organization.” – Retired Air Force General and V.E.T.S. Program Advisory Board Chairman John Michel

Time and Money Saved in a Client-Customized Environment

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The success of the program stems from the military’s most timeless principle: teamwork. Our boot camp affords them the opportunity to hone their existing skills in a client-customized environment, enabling them to hit the ground running upon client deployment.

And by training our veterans, we absorb the risk by bridging the gap between their military skills and the needs of our clients. We also remove risk for our clients by screening each veteran for the appropriate technology knowledge to match the needs of our clients.

The comprehensive and broad training curriculum is a critical component of the V.E.T.S. Program. Our highly qualified veterans are taken through a training program that prepares them for client projects: teaching business processes, methodologies and best practices through hands-on training with commonly used tools in practical, project-oriented environments, tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Once training is completed, the results for our clients are measurable. Our program produces highly capable, motivated teams who are readily integrated with the customer’s business. They provide on-site or locally remote flexibility, consistently delivering paramount quality, contained costs and performance excellence.

We work with our clients to provide a Subject Matter Expert with 15+ years of experience on an as-needed basis at no extra cost to ensure our veteran teams have the right oversight and support.

Our unique squad method has resulted in every V.E.T.S.-only project being completed on time or ahead of schedule and on or below budget; however, veterans are capable of working on various projects and can work on separate teams.

Our veterans learn and acclimate faster and work as a unit to complete tasks in a shorter time than the average consultant. Our teams of veterans even cross train one another to continuously grow, adapt and accomplish the changing mission(s) at hand.

Their extremely high success rate is due to effective work as a team that solves problems as a cohesive unit stemming from their platoon-based training.

Our veterans have also been highly successful in varying geographic and diverse accounts such as Harmonic (SJ), Experian (LA), Freddie Mac (DC), and EmblemHealth (NYC). Here’s the proof:

  • At Freddie Mac, the V.E.T.S. team was able to complete a project nearly one month ahead of schedule.
  • At EmblemHealth, reporting time on project reports that had taken 45 minutes was reduced to 1 minute.
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“The individuals in the program and their accomplishments at Emblem have far exceeded our expectations. Specifically, the V.E.T.S. team demonstrates dedication, attention to detail, and a strong desire to ‘get it right’ in all of their work. These traits are hard to find in the workplace; however, through our relationship with Sharp Decisions, we are able to access these high quality resources.” – Tom MacMillan, the Senior Director at EmblemHealth

The V.E.T.S. Program is an important extension of our company and aligns perfectly with the Sharp Decisions commitment to offering the best talent and solutions to our clients. Integrating our highly trained and disciplined armed forces veteran consultants into your organization is a smart business investment. It changed the entire culture and the entire mission of Sharp Decisions and our value proposition to our clients.

For more details, download our V.E.T.S. Program document, contact vetinfo@sharpdecisions.com or call 212-403-7592.

To view how successful our V.E.T.S. teams have been at our clients, watch these segments with NBC News and The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on Fox News.

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V.E.T.S. Program At-a-Glance

  • Sharp Decisions hires and trains U.S. military veterans in Quality Assurance, Software Testing, Business Analysis and Project Management, among other specialties.
  • The V.E.T.S. Program provides boot camp-like, client-tailored corporate technology training to tech-savvy transitioning and industry-experienced veterans, supplementing their existing industry skills with specific, hands-on training to meet client needs.
  • By training our veterans, we absorb the risk by bridging the gap between their military skills and the needs of private companies.
  • Once training is complete, veterans are deployed as Sharp Decisions employees to clients in squads of three or more, emulating the unit-based culture in which service members thrive in the military. The program empowers them to use previously acquired skills as both members and leaders of a team.
  • Our unique squad method has resulted in every V.E.T.S.-only project being completed on time or ahead of schedule and on or below budget; however, veterans are capable of working on various projects and can work on separate teams.
  • Once training is completed, the results for our clients are measurable. Our program produces highly capable, motivated teams who are readily integrated with the customer’s business. They provide on-site or locally remote flexibility, consistently delivering paramount quality, contained costs and performance excellence.
  • We work with our clients to provide a Subject Matter Expert with 15+ years of experience on an as-needed basis at no extra cost to ensure our veteran teams have the right oversight and support.
  • Hear from our V.E.T.S. team members, clients and third party advocates.
  • Read the latest news on the success of our program.

More Information on the V.E.T.S. Program

  •  V.E.T.S. Program Business Value Overview

For an in-depth look into how our V.E.T.S. Program saves time and money on all IT projects, download our Business Value Overview document.

  • V.E.T.S. Program Overview

For a brief overview on the capabilities of our program and how it works, download our V.E.T.S. Program Overview Document.