Army Reserves Vet Fit to be Hired

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After three years in the Army Reserves, Natoya knew she could never return to a desk job.

“After I came back from basic training I was physically fit,” she says. “I was in the best shape of my life.”

So when an Amtrak recruiter found Natoya’s resume on CareerBuilder.com and asked her to apply online to be an officer in Amtrak’s police force, she took the opportunity and (shall we say) ran with it.

“I took the physical fitness test in Maryland,” Natoya says. “It wasn’t too hard, but I was already in good shape from the military.”

Stamina isn’t the only thing Natoya brought to the Amtrak Police Department from the military. “The skills that transferred to Amtrak for my job were combat training, discipline, communication and of course being on time.”

Natoya’s typical day includes patrolling different Amtrak stations, ensuring that the traveling public is safe and also looking for suspicious behavior.

“My favorite part is knowing that each day when I go home, I know that I’ve helped,” she says, “I’ve protected the passengers and the other employees.”

Natoya often works at Washington Union Station, where more than 5 million passengers board and alight Amtrak trains each year.

Despite the challenge of securing the company’s second busiest station, Natoya says, “Washington, D.C., is my favorite, because the people I work with are great there.”

In a continued effort to support the nation’s service men and women, Amtrak has set a goal of ensuring 25 percent of its new hires are veterans by 2015. Amtrak is the nation’s passenger railroad, serving more than 31 million passengers annually and 500 destinations nationwide. For more information, visit Amtrak.com/VeteransCareers.

5 comments
Suave1
Suave1

Hi, I currently live in NYC and am looking to move to Harrisburg pa. I want to apply for the Amtrak police department as a civilian, is that possible? I dont have military experience. When is the next exam or any information would be appreaciate.

Thank you officer Natoya

skytrolly
skytrolly

Natoya: I am very proud of you.. I have heard Amtrak is an outstanding company.. So yep I applied and hope to see you out there..USARMY VET also..

Amtrak
Amtrak moderator

@Suave1  You do not have to have military experience. Civilians are more than welcome to apply. Please check out the available positions at Amtrak.com/careers or follow @AmtrakCareers on Twitter for updates.

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