Exchange recognized as top employer for military spouses

MEDIA CONTACT: SSG Mark Matthews
MEDIA ADVISORY: 13-088
RELEASE DATE: Dec. 17, 2013

DALLAS— The Army & Air Force Exchange Service announced today that it has earned the 2014 Military Spouse Employer title by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse.

Companies competed for the Military Friendly Employers title via a data-driven survey of more than 5,000 companies with resulting survey data independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

The Exchange aggressively seeks to hire military talent and has found that hiring from the military community is a strategic competitive advantage.

"I'm delighted to hear the great news in being recognized for our superb efforts to hire military spouses," said Exchange Deputy Director Maj. Gen. Joseph Ward. "Our military spouses play such a huge role in supporting our troops–it is wonderful to see so many companies, to include the Exchange, recognize what they bring to the fight. Our military spouses truly represent our motto: family serving family."

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 year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an advisory board consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/board.

The Exchange will be showcased, along with other 2014 Military Friendly Employers, in the January edition of "Military Spouse Magazine" and online at MilitaryFriendly.com.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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