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Enterprise keeps commitment to hiring US military

Enterprise Rental CarEnterprise Rent-A-Car marked Veterans Day (11 November) by reiterating its commitment to hiring US military reservists and veterans.  In line with Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s commitment to the military, Enterprise Holdings will hire over 1,500 veterans and inactive/active reservists by the end of the year.  Over 5,700 of the car rental operator’s 55,000-strong US workforce are military reservists or veterans.  The company pays the salary differential for staff on active duty, which allows them to continue receiving full pay throughout their service.

The Enterprise Holdings-owned and operated brand has had a long relationship with the military, which dates back to the car hire operator’s founder, Jack Taylor, and his service in the Second World War. Taylor named the company after the USS Enterprise, which the US Navy plans to decommission next month.  The historic aircraft carrier was the seventh of eight naval ships named Enterprise.  It’s widely known as the most decorated warship in the history of the US military.  Enterprise Rent-A-Car even teamed up with the History Channel in 2008 to present a ten-episode series named Battle 360, which highlighted the ship’s history.  It’s also the last remaining USS Enterprise and the nation’s oldest vessel in active duty.

Enterprise Holdings chairman and chief executive Andrew C. Taylor made a contribution to support the decommissioning on 1 December in Norfolk, Virginia.  He says that the USS Enterprise will always remind them of the principles the US Navy instilled in his father during the Second World War.  He noted that Veterans Day is a special national holiday for everyone at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.  They are very proud of their military heritage, particularly the thousands of reservists and veterans who are members of the company’s team.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car serves over 50 military bases across the US and has been recognised with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.  This prestigious honour from the US government is awarded to employers for their support of staff who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.  The car hire operator has advanced to the five-star level of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves’ (ESGR) Statement of Support Program as well, due to its long-term support of military employees.  This year, the operator has been recognised by the Vice Admiral, Chief of Naval Reserve for its support of Naval Reserve Sailors.

On top of this, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is a member of the White House’s Joining Forces Travel Industry Coalition and 100,000 Jobs Mission.  These schemes are dedicated to increasing the hiring of men and women who have been in the military.  The company’s branches also participate in events for Hiring Our Heroes, which are sponsored by local Chambers of Commerce.

In other Veterans Day news, Goodwill Industries International has called on all Americans, businesses and policymakers to support a year-round commitment to value military service members and their families after their duties end.  The company says that over one million military veterans will be returning to civilian life in the next three to five years and will be faced with a bleak job market.  Goodwill president and chief executive Jim Gibbons says that everyone needs to make a year-round commitment to both these veterans and their families, helping them find jobs and secure economic self-sufficiency.

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