November 11, 2013

Honoring Those That Serve Our Country

By Mark Elliott

Today is Veterans Day.

With legislation passed on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 was set aside to recognize the American veterans of all wars. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 12 million veterans in the United States.

We appreciate those who serve and have served our country. Sprint has about 1,500 employees who identify themselves as veterans and 50 employees currently deployed.

We are committed to supporting and hiring military veterans and their families. Sprint offers a variety of programs to help support veterans, including military discounts to current and former military veterans.

Our commitment lies in our recruiting efforts targeted specifically at members of the military and veterans, including:
  • Job postings on military bases and transition offices, military job websites and universities
  • Military Transition Workshops to translate military skills to civilian jobs, build identity/personal brand, network and create a road to success
  • Training for recruiters to help translate skills between military and civilian positions
  • Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) skills translator on www.sprint.com/careers
Our commitment goes beyond the hiring process to include specific policies that support employees during involuntary call-ups to active duty. Sprint grants employees time away from work to participate in Reserve and National Guard training. For Reserve and National Guard training, Sprint pays the difference between Sprint base pay and military reserve base pay for up to two work-weeks during each calendar year. In the case of involuntary call-up, employees can choose to keep their full benefits in effect and receive un-prorated bonuses or commissions and continued wireless phone benefits.

Remember those that serve.

Mark Elliott is a communications manager for the Wireless Devices team at Sprint. Based in Boston, he works primarily with BlackBerry and Samsung devices and is well versed in the company’s business devices, push-to-talk products and tablets. Mark can be reached at mark.j.elliott@sprint.com.

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