Amtrak Forges Partnership with Military Hiring Program
At Amtrak, we take hiring our heroes seriously. When the veterans of the Armed Forces come back from service, whether they’re in active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve, America can benefit immensely from the skill sets and values they bring to the workplace.
Since June 2013, 21% of new hires have been veterans. In fact, 1 in 5 Amtrak employees is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. This includes the active duty and retired vets who have found a rewarding career at Amtrak, where military values of teamwork, leadership and integrity align well with work on the railroad (fact: Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman is a Vietnam veteran).
Today, Amtrak partnered with the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) to reinforce our commitment to veteran hiring. Mr. Boardman signed a Statement of Support with the Acting ESGR Director, Alex Baird, ensuring Amtrak’s support of the men and women across our company who work tirelessly to keep our passengers safe, and provide excellent customer service.
“Amtrak is setting a high standard for all transportation employers to follow by providing above and beyond support of the nation’s veterans, many of whom currently serve in the National Guard and Reserve,” said Baird. “By meeting the Statement of Support criteria, Amtrak will stand proudly with their Guard and Reserve employees who continue to answer our nation’s call to defend our way of life.”
“Amtrak has a proud history of supporting those who served, and who currently serve, in our nation’s military,” added Boardman. “We are honored to join the ESGR program and continue supporting those who serve our nation.”
As part of our commitment to hiring veterans, we’ve partnered with 45 Military Transition Program Offices, and attended over 50 military hiring events. We’ve also commissioned a special veterans ACS64 locomotive along the Northeast Corridor. It joins its sister P42 veterans locomotive, which runs on cross country routes.
Are you a veteran interested in working for Amtrak? Find out more here.