Walmart goes beyond its plan to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018

Article published on 05/27/2015 - Shop

On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart promised to hire 100,000 veterans by 2018. Two years later, the company announced that the new goal is 250,000 veterans by 2020.

Walmart made its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment on Memorial Day 2013. Its statement: “Walmart will hire any honorably discharged veteran who wants a job with us in his/her first 12 months of active duty”. Its goal: 100,000 veterans hired within the 5 following years. It's 2015 now and Walmart revised its objective upwards to 250,000 by the end of 2020. Since Walmart launched this commitment two years ago, more than 92,000 veterans have been given a job.

Retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, the company's senior director of military programs, said that they've "experienced a tremendous response to the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in our first two years, and as more service members transition out of active duty, we know we can do more. We believe veterans represent the largest, diverse, talent-rich pool in the world and are an essential segment of the next generation at Walmart."

Almost 8,000 of the 92,000 veterans hired since 2013 have already been promoted, along with better wages and more responsibility. The recruitment will concern all departments of the retail corporation, like distribution centers or the Home Office, but the largest part of the job offers will be in stores and clubs. If Walmart does as well as intended, the 250,000 veterans will represent nearly 20% of its 1.3 million employees in the US.

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Article written by Cécile Lessard
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