Helping Veterans Learn to Code with David Molina

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“We’re already problem solvers, and we’re just trying to be problem solvers on the web.”

Military veterans have the right set of skills to become programmers. Technical expertise, emotional resilience, psychological persistence, and teamwork–these are the qualities of the US army and they are the qualities of the best programmers. More and more veterans who leave the army are becoming coders, and the mission of Operation Code is to help veterans make that transition.

Dave Molina is the founder of Operation Code. His organization helps army veterans become coders. Dave came on the show to discuss coding boot camps, military, software education, and what it’s like to become a civilian technologist after spending years in the army.


  • What is the accreditation process for code schools?
  • What skills from having been in the military translate to being a knowledge worker?
  • How long will the frictional unemployment last for the shift we’re making as a society from labor intensive jobs to more knowledge work?
  • Does our society have a mistaken assumption that humans by default do not want to work?
  • What are you doing right now with Operation Code?
  • How can listeners contribute to Operation Code?


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