Military Friendly Company Guide – Military Friendly

Understanding the Survey

Every institution dedicates itself to the military and veteran community when they participate in the Military Friendly® Companies Survey. We are here to help. Below are resources and answers to the questions you have, so we can work together towards making every institution in America is Better for Veterans.

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Get a deep dive into the methodology of Military Friendly and why it sets the industry standard.

Organizations must successfully complete the Military Friendly® Employers portion of the Military Friendly® Companies survey to verify that they meet at least three of the following benchmarks:

  1. New Hire Retention Rate for Veterans is greater than 50%.
  2. New Hire Retention for Veterans is higher than for Non-Military Employees.
  3. New Hire Retention Rate for Guard & Reserve Employees is greater than 50%.
  4. New Hire Retention for Veterans is higher than for Non-Military Employees.
  5. Military Employee Turnover is lower than for Non-Military Employees.
  6. Military Employee Turnover is less than 20%.
  7. Promotions and Advancements of Military Employees is higher than for Non-Military Employees.
  8. Percent of Military Applicants selected is higher than for Non-Military Applicants selected.
  9. Guard and Reserve policies exceed federal requirements.

Additionally, we use public data sources in our assessment. Companies are negatively scored or may be disqualified if the company was found in violation of veteran protections within the past 12 months:

  • Company has an outstanding claim(s) case or violation under investigation by the US Departments of Labor or Defense, or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
  • Company has been debarred from participation in federal contracting.

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EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently evaluates the completeness and accuracy of the Military Friendly® Employers data calculations and scoring tabulations using the criteria set forth by VIQTORY. The services performed by EY are advisory in nature.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. The methodology review was performed by EY Assurance Services. For more information about EY, please visit

Understand the Top 10, Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, the Categorical breakdowns, and more.

Understanding the various awards and categories that classify companies.
The categories for the 2020 Military Friendly® Companies survey is as follows:

  • Over $5 Billion
  • $1 Billion to $5 Billion
  • $500 Million to $1 Billion
  • Government/Non-Profit
  • Less than $500 Million
  • Designated

  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold

  • Top Ten

The 2019 Military Friendly® Designation is awarded to companies who meet the requirements in the Methodology section above. They are committed to being Better for Veterans and are an example to American companies.

The Military Friendly® Employer with Bronze distinction is an employer who scored within 30% of the 10th best Employer in their category. These Employers have exceptional military/veteran programs and this award showcases their dedication.

The 2019 Military Friendly® Silver Designation is awarded to companies who meet the requirements and score within 20% of the 10th ranking Employer in their category.  Only a select group of companies achieve this honor.

The Military Friendly®  Employer with Gold distinction is an employer who scored within 10% of the 10th ranking Employer in their category.  These employers are setting the example with their programs and initiatives.

The Military Friendly® Top 10 Employers are the guidon bearers for military/veteran programs and initiatives. They set the standard for other designations and are programs that continue to improve every year.See the list here.

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