AT&T Enhances Efforts to Attract, Retain More Military Veterans

Since 2013, AT&T has hired 13,000 vets with a goal to hire 20,000 by 2020.

AT&T (No. 4 on the DivesityInc Top 50 Companies list) is enhancing its efforts to help veterans moving from a military to civilian career. AT&T has hired over 13,000 veterans since 2013. And AT&T is bolstering military recruiting and retention plans with a goal to hire a total of 20,000 veterans by 2020. About 65% of AT&T veteran new hires go into technician roles.


"Veterans have a unique combination of self-discipline, teamwork and skills they developed through military service," said Rick Wilson, director-diversity & inclusion, AT&T. "These allow for a successful transition to a career with AT&T, where many of those values are part of our culture. We've made great strides in veteran recruiting. Now we're growing efforts to retain the veterans hired."

The AT&T Veterans employee resource group (ERG) this spring is launching a pilot program to support the transition of new hires into AT&T. The program aims to familiarize vets with AT&T culture – and its similarities and differences from the military culture. Pilot topics will range from chain-of-command to awards and recognition.

The AT&T Veterans ERG, which is more than 30 years old, serves over 10,000 veterans and their families. This group creates an instant community for vets joining the company by involving them in outreach and philanthropy. Members have opportunities to interact with senior AT&T leaders and connect across business units.

For more information on AT&T employment resources for veterans, visit http://att.jobs/doing-great-things/military.

For information on AT&T's support of the military, visit http://www.att.com/troopsupport/.

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AT&T and U.S. Air Force Academy Collaborate to Explore Advanced Technologies

Formal 5- Year Agreement Aims to Help U.S. Air Force Keep Pace With, Acquire and Use Commercial Technology.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and the U.S. Air Force Academy are working together on networking services and advanced technology capabilities. They entered a 5-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) aimed at boosting the Air Force's use of modern technology at a pace more like the commercial sector.

"Networking is a platform for innovation and mission support," said Lt. Col. Michael Chiaramonte, director of Air Force CyberWorx at the Air Force Academy. "With access to AT&T's resources, we plan to advance our academic and research objectives. By leveraging public-private partnerships with AT&T and our other industry partners, we improve our understanding and use of technology and, ultimately, improve the Air Force's mission capabilities."

The collaboration aims to:

  • Offer knowledge and commercial best practices of cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and other AT&T-led innovations for the Air Force Academy faculty. Such innovations include Smart Base solutions, software-defined networking and 5G.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations for Academy cadets.
  • Ensure AT&T has greater insight into the vision and technology needs of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Explore opportunities beyond academic interests.

"Our work with the U.S. Air Force Academy will be much like an action-oriented academic 'think tank.' We're here to help the Air Force keep pace with commercial innovation and pinpoint their current and future technology needs," said Rocky Thurston, Client Executive VP, AT&T Public Sector.

Part of the Air Force's larger mission

Partnerships fuel the Academy research program. There are 19 centers and 2 institutes, as well as cadets, faculty and industry all working together for the benefit of tomorrow's Air Force. CyberWorx was established in 2016 as a public-private design center focused on cyber capability. It combines Air Force, academic and industry expertise with state of the art technology and innovative thinking to solve operational problems.

AT&T: How to Build a Culture of Learning

Instead of only providing employees with classroom and web-based training, we're also supplementing those resources with relevant content from social and digital platforms, like social media channels, podcasts and video platforms.

By Jennifer Robertson

Originally Published by AT&T.

Last year, best-selling author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman visited AT&T. During a conversation with employees, he emphasized the importance of continuous learning for employees and employers to succeed in the age of acceleration.

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Here’s How Trump and Obama Honored Memorial Day

Veterans group calls Trump's tweet "the most inappropriate" Memorial Day remarks from a president.

President Donald “Cadet Bone Spurs" Trump and his predecessor sent very different messages on Twitter in light of Memorial Day.

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