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Schneider National and the U.S. Military

Posted by on November 13, 2010 in Jobs For Veterans

Schneider National has a proud history of supporting the U.S. military. In 1935 founder Al Schneider, a long-time member of the Wisconsin National Guard, sold the family car to buy his first truck. As Schneider’s business increased, so did his need for quality drivers and he began to recruit fellow Guard members. More than 75 years later Schneider National continues to recognize that individuals with military backgrounds are dedicated, goal-oriented team players who get the job done and offers career opportunities to Guard members, reservists and veterans.

* Schneider National employs more than 16,500 associates worldwide
o Currently more than 2,300 Schneider associates have military backgrounds.
o There are 43 Schneider National associates currently deployed.
o From 2009-2010, 25 percent of the new hires at Schneider National were veterans.
o Executives with military experience:
+ Al Schneider – founder (National Guard)
+ Don Schneider – chairman emeritus (Army)
+ Don Osterberg – senior vice president, Safety, Security and Training (Army)
+ Rob Reich – vice president, Maintenance Operations (Army)
+ Mike Hinz – vice president, Driver Recruiting (Army & Army Reserve)

* Schneider National’s commitment to the military has led to prestigious awards:
o In 1991 the Enlisted Association of National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) named Schneider America’s most supportive employer of the Guard and Reserve. Since this was the first time EANGUS presented such an honor, it named the award the Al Schneider Memorial Award. Today the award is presented annually to an employer who shows extraordinary support of those in the Guard and Reserve.
o In 1996 Schneider was awarded the first-ever Employer Support Freedom Award by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the Department of Defense.
o The 2007 State of Wisconsin American Legion Employer of the Year and the 2007 State of Ohio Vetrands of Foreign Wars Employer of the Year.
o Over the years Schneider has received numerous state, Department of Defense and various armed service awards.

* Schneider National supports those who protect our country by:
o Ensuring Guard and Reserve members are available for their monthly drills and associates are not penalized by having to take vacation/flex time for annual military training.
o Extending company benefits while soldiers are on military leave and paying the difference between military pay and Schneider National base pay, if military pay is less.
o Providing differential pay and benefits, including medical, dental and retirement, for up to 18 months to deployed associates.
o Offering initiatives to support the families of deployed associates during their absence and guarantees associates’ jobs upon their return from active duty.

* Schneider is active in the Employer Committee for Support of the Guard and Reserve, encouraging other employers to hire members of the Guard and Reserve and supporting their membership and participation in Reserve units.

* During Operation Desert Storm and other recent military conflicts, nearly 200 Schneider associates were deployed. All members returned to Schneider when their missions were complete.

* The Department of Veterans Affairs certifies Schneider National, Inc.’s six Driver Training Academies, making the military veteran eligible for G.I. Bill benefits during their training period.

* Schneider actively recruits separating soldiers, reservists and Guard members and offers training/recruitment programs that complement previous military experience.

* Current Schneider National programs for military members and veterans include:
o U.S. Army PaYS (Partnership for Youth Success) Program: Schneider participates in this program, which allows soldiers entering the U.S. Army to select Schneider National as a preferred employer once their enlistment is completed. Schneider grants them an interview for a driving position prior to their separation from the military. Those who meet the requirements for employment will become Schneider driver associates provided a position is available and the soldier accepts the position offered.

o ROTC PaYS Program: Schneider National is the founding member of this program. Similar to the Army PaYS program, the ROTC PaYS is geared to college students who will be entering the Army Reserve post-graduation. During their junior year of study, the student reviews the employers participating in the program and selects those they are interested in working for once they complete their degree. Prior to graduation Schneider will interview the candidate for positions that meet current employment needs.

* U.S. Army’s Wounded Warrior Program: Schneider was one of the first employers to join this effort with the U.S. Army to assist and advocate for soldiers wounded in service in a variety of ways, including helping them with future career plans and employment opportunities.

* U.S. Army Reserve’s Employer Partnership: Schneider National and the Army Reserve work together to recruit, train and employ individuals interested in both serving the nation and pursuing a career in the transportation and logistics industry.

* In addition to the above programs Schneider recognizes that each service member has different transition needs and accommodates the planning horizon for separation. If the service member needs or wants to have a job waiting upon separation, Schneider will accommodate that need, whether it is six months, a year or longer.

* In 2010 Schneider National was named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s annual list of Top Military-Friendly Employers for the fifth consecutive year.

* To learn more about Schneider’s career opportunities for current and former services members, please visit http://www.schneiderjobs.com/CompanyDrivers/Military

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