One of the Exchange’s Most Important Missions: Military Family Careers

MEDIA CONTACT: Judd Anstey
MEDIA ADVISORY: 11-026
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2011

DALLAS – Understanding that serving the military today means caring about the community’s tomorrow, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is focusing on active-duty, veteran, retired, National Guard and Reserve families’ career aspirations.

With more than 31 percent of approximately 43,000 associates identifying themselves as military family members and veterans accounting for another 12 percent of the workforce, the Exchange understands the unique perspectives its customers bring to “the other side of the cash register.”

“Their values of loyalty, professionalism and commitment are exactly what we look for when hiring,” said the Exchange’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources Jim Moore. “We know it’s difficult to start over with each transfer, which is why we developed special programs with spouses in mind.”

The Exchange’s spouse continuity and employment preference programs allow wives and husbands to build a career alongside their sponsor with each re-location. In 2010, almost 900 military spouses received promotions through this effort.

Military spouses are just one of the many groups the Exchange helps to find or keep employment. In fact, the Exchange has partnerships with several organizations dedicated to offering career assistance and creating opportunities for those who have served, including the Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP), Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2).

“Hiring our military, their families and veterans is one small way we can support those who have sacrificed for us,” said Moore.

The Exchange’s commitment to hiring current and former military personnel, and their families, has been recognized by a variety of organizations including Military Spouse Magazine’s “Top 10 Military Spouse Friendly Employers”, G.I. Jobs magazine’s “Top 100 Military Friendly Employers” and CivilianJobs.com’s “Most Valuable Employers for the Military.”

Complete details on how to apply for a career with the Exchange, along with a listing of current available opportunities, are available at applymyexchange.com. Questions concerning the military spouse or hiring partnership programs can be directed to the Exchange’s Human Resources Support Center at HRSC@aafes.com.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Judd Anstey at 214-312-3861 or Anstey@aafes.com.