Walmart says it will begin giving hiring preference to military spouses under a new initiative the retail giant is launching.
Walmart announced Monday the start of the Military Spouse Career Connection, an effort to recruit and hire military spouses. Walmart says the initiative complements an effort it launched in 2013 to hire 250,000 military veterans by 2020, a goal the company says its on track to surpass next year.
Walmart begins offering hiring preference to military spouses
Walmart already offered military spouses and veterans the ability to transfer from one Walmart or Sams Club location to another when a spouse is transferred because of the military. The company says that beginning Monday, it will offer any military spouse with a current Uniformed Services Identification Card hiring preference when they apply.
Theres many hardships that women in the military, spouses face. One of them is leaving their families, their friends, their homes, their jobs. Not only that, their careers put on hold,” she said.
There are more than 500,000 active duty military spouses nationwide, according to a company statement. While the U.S. unemployment rate is around 4 percent, the same rate among military spouses is 26 percent, with a 25 percent wage gap compared to their civilian counterparts.
“Military spouses are unsung heroes,” said Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon. “They serve in partnership with their uniformed spouses, and we want to honor them and help them find a job or build an amazing career.”
The new Military Spouse Career Connection builds on the plans to hire 250,000 military veterans by 2020. So far, Walmart stores nationwide have hired 212,000, according to a company statement.
“Walmart has offered me amazing career opportunities after I completed my military service. I honestly did not know what career direction I was going to take once I came home,” said Ed Gregorek, store manager at a Cleveland Walmart who served 13 years in the Army.
But life wasnt always easy as a military spouse. The mother of two credits the retail giant with giving her stability in a job and peace of mind.