2023 Military Times Best for Vets: Employers

The Military Times “Best for Vets: Employers” survey instrument and scoring rubric have been honed and developed in consultation with veterans and subject matter experts to identify the paramount support that companies should provide to active-duty and veteran service members. 

The methodology in 2023 remains consistent with significant improvements implemented in 2021 and 2022. 

As a reminder, this survey focuses on how organizations recruit, mentor and retain U.S. service members. If your organization is headquartered outside of the United States, please focus your answers on how you work with American active-duty and veteran employees.

Key Performance Indicators

The rankings are calculated based on weighted scores within discrete domains of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), listed here in order of importance. The “Recruitment and employment practices” and “Retention and support programs” domains factor most heavily into the final score on which rankings are based. They are followed in importance by “Employment support for Guard and Reserve employees” and “General inclusive workplace policies.”

Programs, policies & initiatives for military caregivers

Recognition of military service

Attainment of civilian credentials

Credit toward retirement for military service

Partnerships with military-connected vendors and vet-owned businesses

Ranking Categories

Organizations are ranked according to several categories, listed below. Organizations that do not answer survey questions related to any of these categories will not be included in the rankings for those categories.

Business Type
(i.e. for-profit, nonprofit, government agency)


Company Size
(by revenue and by number of employees)

Geographical Region of Headquarters


Only survey submissions that are at least 85% complete are included in the rankings. 

We welcome feedback as we continually strive to keep Best for Vets: Colleges the most timely and relevant resource for American service members advancing their civilian careers.  To contact the Military Times Best for Vets team, please email: bestforvets@militarytimes.com.