Army & Air Force Exchange Service Named Best for Vets: Employer for Sixth Straight Year

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been recognized by Military Times as a Best for Vets: Employer for the sixth year in a row.

The Department of Defense’s largest retailer was recognized as the second-best government or nonprofit organization for excellence in providing job opportunities for Veterans (ahead of 17 other organizations including UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, PenFed Credit Union and the United States Postal Service). This is the first year Military Times ranked for-profit companies and government/nonprofit organizations (see here) on separate lists.

Best for Vets employer rankings are based on the number of Veteran employees and new hires for fiscal year 2018 and on-boarding offerings like orientation, mentorship and training. Military Times also considers military spouse policies regarding telework, schedule flexibility and ability to transfer to another branch as well as Reservist pay when determining its rankings.

Veterans currently make up 11.8% of the Exchange’s workforce. In 2018, the Exchange hired nearly 7,000 Veterans and military spouses worldwide, and reaffirmed its commitment to hiring 50,000 Veterans and military spouses by 2020. Exchange Veteran recruiting efforts include the Veterans Retail Management Training program, job fairs, truck shows and other outreach events. Since 2013, the Exchange has hired more than 39,000 Veterans and military spouses.

“The Exchange is honored to be acknowledged for its commitment to hiring our Nation’s heroes,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “Veterans bring a depth of experience and knowledge to their civilian careers. Their perspectives provide new insight that makes us better at what we do—serving those who serve.”

The Exchange’s connection to Veterans took on even greater importance when the Department of Defense concurred with extending a lifelong online military Exchange shopping benefit to all honorably discharged Veterans in 2017. Veterans can visit the Exchange’s community Hub at to learn more.

Veterans, military spouses and others seeking employment with the Exchange can visit to view job openings worldwide.

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Alexandra Pirkle, 214-312-2143, or

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