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Software Engineer Josh DeLapp joined Clarity as a full stack developer in 2018. At the time, he had recently earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and just completed six years of service with the Air Force. When he left the military, Josh was a Staff Sergeant. His time in the Air Force provided unique training and prepared him for work on a technical team.

From Spanish class to Monterey’s Presidio

I took A.P. Spanish in high school and really enjoyed that experience and thought that aptitude would transfer well.”

Josh DeLapp, Software Engineer, former U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant

A native of Northern California, Josh enlisted in the Air Force in 2012. After basic training, he took some extra steps to qualify for enrollment in the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center down the coast in Monterey. “I had an interest and passion for languages,” Josh said. “I took A.P. Spanish in high school and really enjoyed that experience and thought that aptitude would transfer well.”

At the Institute, for 63 weeks, Josh immersed himself in a Pashto language course, spending eight hours a day five days a week learning the language, its dialects, and taking in particulars of Afghan culture from his native-speaking teachers. By the time he left Monterey, Josh had earned an associate of arts degree in Pashto.

Training for leadership

It was rewarding. I was leading a team. That was a formative and empowering experience.”

From California, Josh headed to Texas to complete his training. While there, he took technical training and earned enough credits for an associate degree in Intelligence Studies and Technology. Following that, Josh moved to Fort Meade. In 2017 Josh was deployed to Kuwait, where he served as an analyst and reporter, processing information and distributing it to appropriate personnel on battlefronts. “It was rewarding. I was leading a team,” Josh said of his time as a reporter. “That was a formative and empowering experience.”

Proud of his military career, Josh reflected on the experience. “I think the biggest benefit for me was personal discipline and motivation. I ended up finding myself to be a capable leader.”

Writing code

Writing code is a unique form of problem-solving — it is like doing little puzzles. I enjoy that.”

While he was serving at Fort Meade, and even while deployed to the Middle East, Josh was taking online classes at what is now known as the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2018.

Through a colleague he met in Kuwait, Josh connected with Clarity, and upon his release from the Air Force, he took a job on one of our teams. Today, he is using Java to contribute to front and back-end development. “I’m really glad I ended up in this industry. It was a good decision,” Josh said. “It’s very collaborative. We work well together. Writing code is a unique form of problem-solving — it is like doing little puzzles. I enjoy that.”

Josh’s advice to new developers? “I’ve benefited most from communicating and asking questions. Reaching out and learning from senior people on my team has been extremely beneficial for me.”

Making time for music

Since earning his degree and settling back into life in Maryland, Josh found himself with some extra free time. He joined an ax-throwing league that meets every week. Josh also enjoys West Coast Swing dancing at the Ministry of Swing in Baltimore. Inspired by his love of Broadway musicals and confident that he could improve his voice, Josh is currently auditing a singing class at a local community college. At last year’s winter concert, he sang a duet — “No More Talk of Darkness” from The Phantom of the Opera.

Military veterans thrive here

Josh is one of five military veterans on our technical team. Not only are we thankful for their service to the United States, but we’re also proud that they chose to join us in the critically important work we do every day.

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