Last month we announced our 2017 Military Friendly® Employers and Schools, and today we’re proud to recognize the best of the best with special awards. New this year, Military Friendly® Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of all Military Friendly® institutions.
Based on the successful completion of the Military Friendly® survey, more than 200 employers and 1,200 post-secondary schools were designated as “Military Friendly®”. Of these recipients, 154 employers and 541 schools have been recognized as Top 10, Gold, Silver, or Bronze award winners for excellence in different categories (annual revenue for employers and institution type for schools).
Who made the top of the list for 2017?
#1 Military Friendly® Employer: Marsh & McLennan Companies
Marsh & McLennan Companies, a leading professional services firm, is our #1 Overall Military Friendly® Employer for 2017.
Marsh & McLennan Company’s veteran talent initiative casts a wide net to identify veteran candidates for a range of roles. Their ‘Silver Medalist’ program identifies impressive military veteran candidates who did not receive a job offer in their initial round of interviews and works with them to develop their interviewing skills. The company works closely with these candidates to identify and place them in other positions in one of their operating companies.
During our site audit of top Military Friendly® Employers, it was immediately clear that Marsh & McLennan Companies’ program was helmed by knowledgeable, capable and passionate leaders. More important was the reality that theirs was not a program set on an island; it was a program set in motion by their President and CEO Dan Glaser, a program embraced across every division of the organization. This is what authentic commitment looks like, and this commitment is further evidenced in the execution and corporate-wide embrace of an underlying ethos that skills and experience gained in military service matters.
Marsh & McLennan Companies’ program is well-tracked, deeply integrated, has meaningful goals, consistent measurements and is clearly setting the pace with innovations that truly benefit veterans, whether they are candidates or employees, and whether they are selected for a position with the company or not. The company proves that authenticity rises to the top.
#1 Military Friendly® School: City College of New York
The City College of New York is our #1 Military Friendly® School for 2017 in the Public Universities category.
The school’s entire veterans’ program was originally conceptualized by veterans for veterans, which makes it distinct. The program also demonstrates the great organizational and programmatic capacity that veterans possess, and why it is so vital that colleges make every effort to embrace them.
Commitment certainly begins with the head of any campus-based veterans program, but our Military Friendly® schools must demonstrate that they go beyond a single resource, team or dedicated space. The very best Military Friendly® Schools have developed a culture that embraces and integrates military students through collaboration across all campus departments and services.
What was clear in CCNY’s performance in our survey and in our on-site audit is that the school’s program builds around a solid set of outcomes that are measured, tracked and analyzed to determine what efforts and what investments have the greatest impact on student success.
See All of the 2017 Award Winners
The names of awardees are published online at militaryfriendly.com and will be printed in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® and the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools. Read the official press release, and be sure to check out the 2017 Military Friendly® Employers and 2017 Military Friendly® Schools who made our list.