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Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today that it has earned the 2014 Military Friendly Employer® title by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse, making this the fifth consecutive year that the carrier has received the honor.
Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.
Southwest aggressively seeks to hire military talent and has found that hiring from the military community is a strategic competitive advantage, as well as an invaluable asset to the growing Employee Family. Southwest has successfully placed Veterans within Ground Operations, Flight Operations, Dispatch, and Maintenance.
“Our Southwest Airlines Employees are the heart and soul of our Company, and we’re honored to work alongside the more than 5,900 active and retired military members who strengthen our Southwest Family,” said Jeff Lamb, Executive Vice President, Chief People and Administration Officer. “Our Employees are our greatest asset, and thanks to their Warrior Spirit and Servant’s Heart, we’ve built Southwest’s legacy of connecting people with what’s important in their lives.”
This award highlights Southwest’s ongoing commitment to recognize and support the contributions of our nation’s military yearround, an effort which includes a special month-long celebration dubbed “Military Heroes Month” in November. During this celebration, Southwest partners with nonprofit organizations to host an array of activities that commemorate our men and women in uniform and their families.
Now in its 11th year, Military Friendly Employers® media is the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year, companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous years via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board.
The board consists of leaders in the military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/board.Southwest Airlines will be showcased, along with other 2014 Military Friendly Employers®, in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and online at MilitaryFriendly.com.