Our long-standing commitment to recruiting both active and veteran military earned us recognition as a top employer by three publications. DiversityInc ranked us sixth on its 2016 Top 10 Companies for Veterans list. CivilianJobs recognized us as a Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military, and Military Times EDGE named us "Best for Vets: Employers 2016," marking the seventh consecutive year for both.
"We are honored to be recognized as a top employer for these brave men and women," said Mark S. Lantrip, president and CEO of Southern Company Services. "Their dedication, commitment to safety, teamwork and excellence in all they do mirror Southern Company's culture."
Currently, 10 percent of the Southern Company system's 26,000 employees and 18 percent of new hires this year are veterans, guardsmen or reservists. Approximately 34 percent of subsidiary Georgia Power's new hires at Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 - two of the first carbon-free nuclear units being built in the U.S. in a generation - are veterans. At the Kemper County energy facility, where subsidiary Mississippi Power is advancing energy innovation through the construction of the world's most advanced coal plant, 23 percent of new hires have prior military service.
We are a founding partner of the Troops to Energy Jobs program, a recruiting source that links veterans to job openings in the energy industry, and actively recruits members of the U.S. Navy as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program partner. In addition, we support the Joining Forces initiative, participate in more than 30 military recruitment events annually and partner with military transition centers across the country.
DiversityInc's annual survey offers companies with more than 1,000 U.S.-based employees to enter, and companies are ranked based on an objective analysis of nearly 200 separate factors. The CivilianJobs MVEs are selected annually based on those employers whose recruiting, training and retention plans best serve military service members and veterans. The Best for Vets: Employer 2016, by Military Times EDGE, surveyed more than 1,000 major companies and top government contractors about their recruiting and hiring policies, social recognition for veterans, and pay and benefits for reservists.