Enterprise Holdings has announced that Victory Media has designated the group a 2013 Military Friendly Employer. In order to get this designation, a company has to score a high enough benchmark based on key policies and programmes, like retention programs, military recruiting efforts, company policies on National Guard and Reserve service, and the percentage of new hires with a military service background.
Enterprise’s name is based on the USS Enterprise, the aircraft carrier that founder Jack Taylor served on as a pilot. The vessel earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses. The World War II ship is renowned for being the most decorated in the history of the US military. The car rental group actually partnered with the History Channel to present Battle 360 in 2008, which chronicled the aircraft carrier’s history in a 10-episode series. The ship was decommissioned by the US Navy earlier this month, but they announced it would be the official signature for the next nuclear aircraft carrier to be built, as it was the first in its own fleet.
Enterprise Holdings is a member of the White House Joining Forces Travel Industry Coalition and the 100,000 Jobs Mission, both of which are dedicated to increasing the number of military veterans hired. The company also participates in Hiring Our Heroes events throughout the country, which are supported by local chambers of commerce. The group has also been honoured with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. This is the top acknowledgment awarded by the government for supporting staff serving the National Guard and Reserve. Additionally, it has reached the five-star level in the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) Statement of Support Program.
This year, Enterprise Holdings continued its commitment to the military, hiring over 1,500 active/inactive reservists and veterans. Almost 6,000 of the group’s 63,000 workers are military reservists or veterans. The group – which consists of car hire brands Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent a Car and National Car Rental – supports the military by paying the differential salary for active duty staff. This allows them to receive full pay while they are in service. This follows the group being recognised earlier this year for its support of Sailors in the Naval Reserve by the Vice Admiral, Chief of Naval Reserve.
With its new title, Enterprise Holdings will be displayed in G.I. Jobs magazine’s January 2013 edition, along with other Military Friendly Employers. The company’s chairman and chief executive, Andrew C. Taylor, says they are committed to hiring military reservists and veterans. They have an established relationship with the US military, which dates back to his father and his service in World War II. They have a robust military history and maintain their commitment to hire thousands of reservists and veterans. The group is thrilled the USS Enterprise will continue making its mark in the history of the US military.
Victory Media president and G.I. Jobs magazine director Sean Collins says they developed the Military Friendly Employers title for more than the Top 100 to honour 1% more of the groups which have great opportunities and programmes for veterans and their spouses. Companies designated with this prestigious honour are rising stars with robust military recruitment schemes and important job opportunities for service members, as well as their spouses, who are in transition and seeking civilian employment.