At BNSF, we honor the commitment of the men and women of our armed forces. BNSF is consistently identified as a top employer for U.S. military veterans, and we’ve hired more than 6,000 veterans since 2005. As part of the Joining Forces 2013 campaign, BNSF committed to hiring 5,000 military veterans by 2018.
BNSF’s commitment to veterans has earned many honors, including the prestigious Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Freedom Award, and four Seven Seals Awards. BNSF is consistently recognized as a “Top Military Friendly Employer” by G.I. Jobs magazine and “Best of the Best” by U.S. Veterans. We earn these awards largely because of the value we place on veterans and the qualities they bring to BNSF, such as a great work ethic, a focus on safety and a commitment to always look out for one another.
To ensure that military members are aware of the opportunities at BNSF and to be accessible to veterans of all service branches, our recruiters attend everything from national career fairs to local transition assistance classes on military bases. Visit our “Transitioning Military” page to learn more on how military experience transitions into a career at BNSF Railway.
Our military program here at Crete has been in development for quite a while now. Over the last couple of years, for sure, it’s come a long way. The Patriot Fleet represents all of our veterans that have served, past present and will serve in the future. They’re honoring the military. They did these trucks up for them to say thank you for all of your sacrifice. When I first saw the truck, I was amazed! For me, the part that stood out the most was that all branches of service have been represented by their seals on the side of the truck. Also, on a personal side, the silhouette of the soldier, or service member, in full battle-rattle; it represents all of our sons and daughters who have been deployed in defense of this great nation. It’s an honor to be chosen out of all these other military personnel that work for Crete, and to be able to drive one of these really nice trucks. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel. My favorite part of the truck here: the first thing that I noticed today when I rolled through from Omaha was the eagle on top of the truck. It represents freedom. The eagle has always been a symbol of freedom and it’s just… words can’t describe it. I’m very honored and very humbled to represent my brothers and sisters that have served this country in uniform. Making a military transition to a civilian job is one of the scariest things in the world to a sailor, Marine, soldier and airmen because we don’t know what to expect out there. And with Crete it’s pretty dog-gone easy, because with Crete they help us, they help us get started out here. They tell us what they want from us. I guess I keep coming back to that because Crete is well structured just like when I was in the military. When we get out of the military we don’t think about the things that we need, but one of the things that we really need is benefits. So the benefits are good here. My transition from the military to Crete Carrier Corporation was very smooth. I had the opportunity to get indoctrinated into Crete through eight weeks of training with my trainer. At which time he took me out, he taught me about driving a truck. He taught me about living the life of a truck driver, and really made the transition smooth for me. He didn’t push. He taught, coached and mentored at my pace. If you’re coming out of the military and you’re looking for a stable career, Crete Carrier is the place to come.