INDIANAPOLIS, November 11, 2014 – DirectEmployers Association announced today that 100 of its Member companies have been named as 2015 Military Friendly® Employers by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse. Companies competed for the elite Military Friendly® Employer designation via an online data-driven survey assessment, with data independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the 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.

“We’re thrilled to have over 100 Members of our Association designated as Military Friendly® Employers for 2015,” said Bill Warren, Army veteran and Executive Director of DirectEmployers. “Service members, and their families, regard this elite group of Military Friendly® Employers as the top companies of choice for post-military employment, and we’re pleased to see so many of our Members recognized as leaders in hiring and retaining veterans.”

Now in its 12th year, the Military Friendly® Employers list is the premier go-to resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment to see which companies are pre-vetted and have outstanding military programs. 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 military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at

“The 2015 Military Friendly® Employers represent the preeminent tier of companies with strong military recruitment programs and meaningful job opportunities for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Sean Collins, Vice President for Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “Our Military Friendly® Employers constitute the group of companies moving the needle and realizing significant benefits by hiring from the military community. This year’s group of companies reported hiring over 155,000 service members and spouses over the last 12 months, representing a 35% increase over last year and an average of 15% of total new hires.”

The 100 qualifying DirectEmployers Members will be showcased, along with other 2015 Military Friendly® Employers, in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® magazine, as well as on

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery.

About Military Friendly® Employers
The Military Friendly® Employers designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of companies with annual revenue over $500 million nationwide.

The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of recruiting, HR and management professionals from Fortune 1000 companies across the country. The survey is administered for free and is open to companies that meet the eligibility criteria and wish to participate. Criteria for consideration, along with the complete list of employers, can be found on

About Victory Media
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Vetrepreneur® media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW, and frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

To arrange interviews, contact:
Nancy Holland, DirectEmployers Association, 317-874-9022
Barbara Pflughaupt, Victory Media, 212-707-8181
Judee Cohen, Military Friendly®, 917-721-0663

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