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DoD urges businesses to complete survey

The Department of Defense is encouraging employers who received an invitation to participate in its National Survey of Employers to complete the survey in order to help shape future National Guard and Reserve  policies. The survey, which will look at the pros and cons of hiring military, was sent out to randomly selected employers March 1.

With Guard and Reserve members comprising almost 50% of the military’s total strength, their service and the support of employers are critically important.  “If we are going to sustain their participation, we need to sustain the support of the employers,” said Dennis McCarthy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. “Finding out what we need to do to get that support is of vital national interest.”

“The Department of Defense National Survey of Employers” is the Department’s largest study of its kind since September 11, 2001. The nation has relied heavily on Guard and Reserve service members in the almost 10 years since the attacks, frequently calling them away from their civilian jobs for military operations and humanitarian efforts around the world, including the 2004 tsunami in southern Asia, 2010 earthquake in Haiti and ongoing relief efforts in Japan.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency, sent the survey to 80,000 employers. The sample includes employers of every size and industry, from all across America. The randomly selected participants received a letter in the mail with instructions for filling out the survey online.  Survey participants should visit and click on the survey link to provide their feedback on employing members of the Guard and Reserve.

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