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UP's military recruiting efforts earn magazine's No. 1 rank


G.I. Jobs magazine recently named Union Pacific Railroad the nation’s most military friendly employer in 2005.

The magazine recognized UP’s efforts to recruit transitioning military personnel. The railroad — which G.I. Jobs ranked sixth last year — has several recruiters devoted to military recruiting. Recruiters attend military job fairs and transitional assistance programs, and visit major military installations.

About 450 UP employees have reservist or National Guard affiliations. Currently, 98 workers are serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom; 220 have completed duty and returned.

“We actively recruit and hire former military people because their skills and lifestyles are a great fit for our railroad,” said Barb Schaefer, UP senior vice president of human resources, in a prepared statement.

The magazine ranks the top 25 military friendly companies based on the firm’s military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, and policies toward National Guard and reserve service.

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