Amazon this week announced plans to hire more than 100,000 U.S. veterans and military spouses by 2024.
The Seattle-based company today employs more than 40,000 veterans and military spouses across multiple businesses.
“Amazon is focused on recruiting and developing military talent with training programs specifically designed to help veterans transition into roles in the private sector,” John Quintas, Amazon’s director of global military affairs, said in a company blog. “We value the unique skills and experience that the military community brings — and our new hiring commitment will expand the impact that military members currently have on every single business across the company.”
Amazon offers various programs to assist transitioning service members and military spouses in finding rewarding careers, including company-funded skills training in high-demand areas such as cloud computing through initiatives like the Amazon Technical Apprenticeship Program and AWS re/Start.
Military members working at Amazon also can take advantage of the company’s free upskilling opportunities to get new technical skills and move into in-demand, higher-paying jobs, the blog added. These programs include Career Choice, Amazon’s pre-paid tuition program for fulfillment center employees looking to move into high-demand occupations, and Amazon Technical Academy, a paid nine-month training that equips non-technical Amazon employees with the skills to transition into software engineering careers.
Veterans and military spouses working at Amazon also have access to fellowships, mentorships, military spouse support, and deployment benefits. They also have the Warriors@Amazon affinity group, a community with more than 10,000 former service members, spouses, and allies.
Career opportunities for veterans and military spouses at Amazon can be found here.