The Top 10 Military-Friendly Employers

Top employers for veterans

The jobs picture for many veterans has improved significantly during the last year, though those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, in particular, still face challenges in finding employment. Programs, such as those spearheaded by President Obama, have helped to spur interest among employers in hiring vets.

The president's initiative, which includes the participation of more than 2,000 businesses has resulted in job opportunities for 125,000 veterans and their spouses, with pledges to hire some 250,000 more in coming years. Many employers have also established their own corporate recruiting plans aimed at former military members, including 100 that have been named the Top Military Friendly Employers of 2013, as compiled by G.I. Jobs.

Since 2003, the advocacy organization says, the average percentage of veterans hired by companies on its annual list has grown 138 percent, while the average number of full-time military recruiters has grown 68 percent and military recruiting budgets have grown 268 percent.

More companies have become aware of the advantages of hiring veterans, says Sean Collins, director at G.I. Jobs. "Veterans are instilled with what we call intangible assets," he says, "things that are increasingly rare that -- especially large corporations -- look for in leaders."

Those characteristics include the ability to adapt to fast-changing work environments and business strategies and become productive sooner. "Military folks are used to retooling and learning a brand new job every two to three years," Collins tells AOL Jobs. They're also experienced in working with diverse groups of people, with varied cultural backgrounds and educational levels.

To compile its list of top employers, now in its 10 year, G.I. Jobs says it relies on specific criteria and preferences, including:

  • The strength of the company's military recruiting efforts.
  • The percentage of new hires with prior military service.
  • Employment-retention efforts.
  • Company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

The list of the Top 10 Military Friendly Employers are listed below, but you can view the entire list of 100 companies along with their profiles at

  1. J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.
    Headquarters: Lowell, Ark.
    Business Sector: Transportation
    Number of Employees: 14,500 (U.S.)

  2. General Electric Co.
    Headquarters: Fairfield, Conn.
    Business Sector: Diversified Industrial
    Number of Employees: 301,000 (Worldwide)

  3. Combined Insurance
    Headquarters: Glenview, Ill.
    Business Sector: Insurance
    Number of Employees: 7,000 (Worldwide)

  4. Southern Co.
    Headquarters: Atlanta
    Business Sector: Utilities
    Number of Employees: 26,400 (U.S.)

  5. ManTech International Corp.
    Headquarters: Fairfax, Va.
    Business Sector: Defense
    Number of Employees: 9,300 (Worldwide)

  6. BNSF Railway Co.
    Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas
    Business Sector: Transportation
    Number of Employees: 40,000 (U.S.)

  7. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
    Headquarters: McLean, Va.
    Business Sector: Business Services
    Number of Employees: 25,000 (Worldwide)

  8. Deloitte
    Headquarters: New York City
    Business Sector: Business Services
    Number of Employees: 56,827 (U.S.)

  9. CSX Corp.
    Headquarters: Jacksonville, Fla.
    Business Sector: Transportation
    Number of Employees: 31,000 (U.S.)

  10. USAA
    Headquarters: San Antonio
    Business Sector: Financial Services
    Number of Employees: 22,000 (U.S.)

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By the way it was former President Bush that started the Hire the Vet program, not President Obama.This writer has it wrong. I retired in 2008 as a CW4 after serving 42 years in the Army and the program was mentioned by the retirement officers to me. This was in 2008, before President Obama took office.

March 29 2013 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You forget The Home Depot! They hire so many Veterans or those who are still in army or any branches

March 28 2013 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Only one of the top ten was a Defense contractor? How sad, but it really hasn't improved much since the Viet Nam War.

March 27 2013 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Al , W4ABW

What abiut IBM ? They hire a lot of ex military.

March 27 2013 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim Vesely

Veterans such as my son, a 3x veteran, 3 tours in theater..was trained extensively by the USAF and came home and was fortunate to land a job with the FAA doing what he was trained for and saving the tax payers thousands in re training for this job as well as not requireing the extreme background check needed for most civilians who apply. He and his brothers put their asses on the line for all of us and deserve a shot at the American dream! The men and women of the armed forces do not follow a political agenda, they follow orders and protect our constitution; in part so they too can have a Free country to persue happiness. My 2 cents!

March 27 2013 at 8:00 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

This is pathetic- really? Veteran friendly employers-what a joke! My husband served for years, got his degree, and is now told he is over-qualified for ANY position, but than told he does not have enough experience for others- how are our vets suppose to keep supporting themselves, their families, and feeling whole about what they are doing. These are bottom feeder jobs.. go ahead and argue "they can make their way up" because it never happens...

January 15 2013 at 11:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to cchorn23's comment

I do appreciate your comments, but do be aware: That same exact thing happens to non-military people every day too! You are not all alone out there..... such is life. Do try to get over it if you can, it will help you to smile more and will lower your blood presure a bit. :-)

March 28 2013 at 2:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

CSX? Not if you're over 40. Applied for freight conductor several times; reject letters stating "doesnt meet minimum qualifications". I have an MBA in Logistics plus 21 years freight experience.

November 13 2012 at 5:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

They FORGOT the government!! These jobs are singled out and held for veterans!! They will hire an untrained, uneducated veteran over an experienced, educated person almost every time!! All because we "owe" veterans for the rest of their lives!
Not everyone is able to serve in the military. They are excluded for a variety of reasons and some times, through no fault of the person who wants to serve!! Not disabled enough to receive disability benefits, however too "disabled" to serve in the military.
I know about this because while I wanted to serve in the military, I was rejected because of a "disability" that hasn't affected my life in the least!! And of course, I was a female and it was at the time that females really weren't utilized unless they were nurses, etc.
So, because I wasn't able to serve, I concentrated on educating myself and working. NOW, I am competing with the veterans where the jobs are actually "held" for them!! Doesn't matter I have experience and education, I'm turned away because I"m not a veteran! How discriminatory is that?? I was a contractor assigned to a government office and watched them hire veteran after veteran with no education, experience, etc over fully qualified, educated non-veterans!! So then thousands of dollars are spent training the veteran to do that job and then they move on to the private sector taking all their training with them! Then a new veteran gets the position and we start all over again!!
I realize that a lot of the jobs done in the military do not successfuly translate into civilian employment so some retraining is necessary. I just don't see the logic in excluding experienced trained personnel to cater to a group of people who are have already proved they are capable of learning a skill. Hell, we even PAY to train them in one way or the other!

November 11 2012 at 4:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to golfinkatiekat77's comment

You are so full of you know what. What a complete load of crap! Jobs are NOT held for Vets. They claim they give Veteran preference but they don't actually.

November 11 2012 at 7:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

This is not the truth! Many veterans chose to educate themselves before and after the service- that does not mean they have job placement based on the military status of being retired, discharged, etc. YOU pay to train them to protect YOU! WAKE UP!

January 15 2013 at 11:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I want to thank all the employers, looking out for our service men.These boys are doing a hell've job,and they are thinking about a job when they come home.

November 11 2012 at 2:03 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I want to thank all of you for your service and hope and pray all of you that enter into a college scene to be aware that not everyone thinks about veterans in a good light. There are still some vets encountering difficulty in the classroom, due to the fact that a lot of our younger generation, including professors and instructors, think we got our benefits for free. They look upon us as leeches, draining free government money. I challenge them to take the same route to get to college that we did. Nothing is free and we already know that. With that said, good luck to all of you.
Bob Howland (68 year old college kid?)

November 11 2012 at 1:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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