Armed Forces Initiative Career Event
May 31 - Jul 30
Starting at 6pm
missoula, MT









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Armed Forces Initiative Career Event

Please join us for this 6 part event between Memorial Day and the 4th of July focused on Veteran career opportunities on the outdoors.  While this event is geared towards those transitioning service members or those who have recently separated from the military all veterans are welcome.  We will have 6 hour long events every Tuesday via zoom.

Each session will have a random drawing for gear or other prizes provided by our AFI Sponsors for one participant.

Part 1 - May 31st 6pm Mountain Time

Using your veteran benefits to work in the outdoor industry

Guide-source outdoors will present:

  • Hunting Guide and Outfitter Careers
  • Guide Schools and Utilizing Your GI Bill
  • Navigating the Outdoor Industry
  • Requirements and Licensing


 Part 2 - June 7th 6pm Mountain Time

Creating your own Startup Guide Service:

Two Veteran Hunting Guides will discuss:

  • The pros and cons of opening your own business
  • Working in the fishing and hunting industries.
  • Common Mistakes to avoid
  • What worked for them


Part 3 - June 14th 6pm mountain time

Working as a Startup Manufacturer

Rick Hutton and Jake Jourdonnais of FHF Gear will discuss:

  • Working for a Startup
  • Designing your own gear
  • Utilizing your military knowledge to make hunting gear or apparel. 


Part 4 - June 21st 6 pm mountain time 

Sawyer Briel and Mark Borgman of Vortex optics will discuss:

  • Their Careers at vortex
  • What Vortex looks for in a Candidate
  • Military Skillsets that standout in a candidate
  • Work-life for a major outdoor industry manufacturer


Part 5 - June 28th 6pm mountain time

Writing and Photography in the outdoors

AFI North American Board Member, writer, and professional chief Justin Townsend and BHA cinematographer Travis Bradford:

  • Their Careers in the outdoors
  • How their experiences as veterans helps them in their field
  • Tools that worked for them to get started in the outdoor industry


Part 6 - July 5th 6 pm Mountain time

Working in Conservation

AFI North American Board Member and Fort Lewis Biologist Justin Spruill, and BHA Operations Director Frankie McBurney will talk about:

  • Their path into the Conservation piece of the outdoor industry
  • Why they feel conservation is the best fit for them
  • Common mistakes and tips for how to start your career in conservation.


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May 31, 2022 at 6:00pm - July 30, 2022

Will you come?

$15.00 AFI Career Admission Ticket