Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, named USAA as the third-best military friendly employer in the country. This is the 13th year USAA has been named in the top 10 companies, according to a press release by USAA.

“By offering veterans and military spouses meaningful employment, we’re doing our part to give back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country and whose talent makes them valued USAA employees,” said Mike Kelly, assistant vice president for military advocacy. 

Companies competed for the military friendly employer title by completing a data-driven survey, with data independently tested by Ernst & Young which is based on weightings and methodology established by Victory Media and its advisory board. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs for veterans and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

The list is considered the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment, according to the press release. Each year, companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an advisory board consisting of leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at

“Companies that have earned the 2016 military friendly award have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful careers for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and a Navy Reserve veteran. “Our employers are moving the needle beyond answering ‘why hire military?’ They are truly aligning their jobs and recruiting efforts with  educators to translate military competencies into civilian jobs.”                                                                                 

USAA will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and the January 2016 issue of Military Spouse magazine, as well as on

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