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Darden Program Preps Military Leaders for Private Sector Work

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Some of the military's top brass are embarking on a year-long mission in corporate America after a business boot camp at the University of Virginia.

The Corporate Fellows Program wrapped up Wednesday at the Darden School of Business. It's part of a four-week-long Department of Defense training program to prepare 15 leaders from the military's branches to work alongside CEOs in the private sector.

"We've talked a lot here about corporate-level leadership that would be comparable to our senior level leadership in military service," said Lt. Col. Ahmed "Will" Williamson of USMC.

Program grads spend a year with companies like Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, and Microsoft.

June West, an assistant professor of business at Darden, says, "What we do at the Darden School is basically make them knowledgeable, make them comfortable going into the corporation, because it's an environment that really they've never experienced before." 

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