Outside the Wire

Going "Outside the Wire" takes guts. It's military jargon for going beyond the relatively safe confines or the support of a base.  It takes courage, armor, and the protection of your community. As our Fellows move from their military lives to defining success in the civilian world, going "Outside the Wire" means pushing beyond their comfort zones and redefining themselves. Come inside this journey as our Fellows go "Outside the Wire."

The Fellowship

Dog Tag Inc. (DTI) is an innovative five-month training program that holistically fosters the growth of driven, entrepreneurial-minded wounded veterans, spouses and caregivers through a world-class education, ample leadership development opportunities, and a personalized business management rotation.

By the end of our program, graduating fellows have earned a Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies. The curriculum serves as an introduction to business from an academic perspective and consists of seven courses that are tailored to the small business-focused goals of our fellows. Courses include accounting, management, communication, financial management, marketing, business policy, and entrepreneurship.

The Value

Whether you are a veteran, military spouse, caregiver, active duty military or a patriotic citizen, we at Dog Tag want you to share in the joy, challenges, and opportunities we offer to support America’s Heroes.  This blog is about sharing their collective experiences, offering invaluable insights that are important to you.

While on that subject - a verbal 'thank you' goes a long way, but tangible gratitude goes even further.  While you’re here, stop by to see how you can participate in supporting the program.

The Community of Bloggers

Most blogs are all about one person’s experience with their own families or the families they work with. Which is totally great. But here’s what makes this blog different: you will hear from a diverse group of people, all the time!  We will have veterans, military spouses, caregivers - current fellows, alumni, and guest speakers discuss their impressions on the fellowship program, their unique experiences in business and in life.  

In the beginning, we will plan to post bi-weekly, but this could increase, depending on our readership - so check on us often or subscribe to our post alerts!

You are HIGHLY encouraged to comment, ask questions, and/or provide suggestions.  We enjoy hearing from our community and our customers.

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Dog Tag Fellowship Changed My Life

Dog Tag Fellowship Changed My Life

by Leslie Caleb

The Winter 2017 DogTag Inc. (DTI) Fellowship Program at Dog Tag Bakery started on January 12. Full of excitement, I made my way toward Washington, D.C. on a winter morning walking toward an unexplored professional and educational journey.

The first few days began with group assessments and I soon realized this program could be transformative and an incredible experience. The program introduction revealed the unique milestones of the work-study program that each fellow would achieve during the five months with a cumulation in sight: graduation.

Almost four months into the program, I can safely say this program is an absolute life changer.  A set of holistic routines is integrated as part of the growth development plan - among other things, yoga, mindfulness, and journaling. Seasoned Georgetown professors introduce MBA comparable academic lessons twice a week in our classroom situated above the aromas of the bakery. Another essential part of the fellowship are Learning Labs, entrepreneurs’ testimonials and lectures from DTI partners speeches become conversational presentations. The third and last module of the curriculum is called Rotations.  In this segment, we translate the acquired skills into practice for example baking brownies, writing grant proposals, in finance translating numbers into meaningful data to make strategic decisions and creating a catering menu.  

DTI Fellowship is different than other programs because it creates and empowers those who have served and their families from diverse background to become a strong community and offers them the opportunity to reach fulfilling careers beyond the horizon of ordinary employment.  In this unique program, you identify your values and use those values to make successful decisions about your personal and professional life.  Dog Tag Fellowship changed my life.

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Leslie Caleb is a five-year Army spouse who enjoys writing about her unorthodox life, restoring old furniture, and exploring new cultures.  She graduates from the DTI program June 2017.