Union Pacific Tops in Transportation Industry for Hiring Vets

Amtrak train in field.

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Veterans looking for work in the transportation industry may have the best luck landing a job with Union Pacific Railroad.

According to G.I. Jobs Magazine, UP is the top veteran-friendly company in the industry for 2015 when it comes to hiring former U.S. servicemen and women.

This marks the 12th time in 13 years that UP has been ranked in the magazine.

Selections are based on the strength of a company's military initiatives or events, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, and company policies regarding service in the reserves and National Guard. This year, Union Pacific is ranked fourth on the list, the highest of all transportation companies.

"We are incredibly proud to employ nearly 10,000 military veterans," Jamie Herbert, assistant vice president — Union Pacific Human Resources, said in a statement. "Their familiarity with safety sensitive operating environments and unparalleled work ethic translates very well to the railroad. As we seek to fulfill increasing hiring needs, we will continue to recruit transitioning military service members to join the Union Pacific team."


So far this year, Union Pacific has hired 1,425 military veterans, including 144 disabled veterans. These veterans make up approximately 28 percent of all new hires in 2014. Overall, veterans comprise approximately 20 percent of Union Pacific's workforce, and 24 percent of Union Pacific's hires since 2005 have been veterans.

Below is the magazine's breakdown of transportation companies that made the list:






Avis Budget Group

17 BNSF Railway
Designation C.R. England
17 CN
6 CSX Corporation
Designation Enterprise Holdings
Designation Groendyke Transport, Inc.
7 J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
84 Norfolk Southern Corporation
67 Penske Truck Leasing Co.
Designation Roehl Transport, Inc.
8 Schneider
33 Southwest Airlines
4 Union Pacific Railroad
Designation Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
74 YRC Freignt

* Numerals indicate rank on Military Friendly Top 100 List  ** 'Designation' identifies companies who earned our elite Military Friendly designation from over 5,000 eligible companies.

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