In an effort to be better for veterans, we’re examining organizations in a whole new way this year – as a whole across different divisions, programs and functions – using public data,  proprietary data. The 2017 Military Friendly® standard provides members of the military community with the latest, most comprehensive information possible as they decide how to use their veteran education benefits.

Here’s a quick look at what’s changed – learn more by clicking the links below.


The Military Friendly® Employers survey has evolved into part of a larger “2017 Military Friendly® Companies” survey. The new joint survey provides a single interface for companies to show how they support the military community.

Military Friendly® Companies survey takers can be designated Military Friendly® in one or more of the following areas:

  • Recruiting, hiring and training practices of Military Friendly® Employers.
  • Recruiting, hiring and training practices of Military Spouse Friendly Employers®.
  • Partnering with and supporting Veteran-Owned Businesses with Military Friendly® Supplier Diversity Programs.
  • Measuring the commitment to military consumer protections through Military Friendly® Brands.

Learn more about the new methodology


Also new for 2017 is the Military Friendly® Schools Awards program, showcasing the most powerful and impactful programs supporting veteran and military students. Award categories are by type of institution.

Learn more about awards

Public Data Sources

One of the three data sources we use to score organizations and to create our lists is publicly available data. We pull this data from several federal agencies that monitor higher education institutions or federal contractors.

View our public data sources: for employers | for schools