Military & Veteran Recruitment
Since 2012, Metro has increased the size of its military veteran employee base by nearly 50 percent. Military candidates have been hired and trained for career opportunities as transit police officers, mechanics, bus and rail operators, human resources specialists, information technology professionals, and more.
Metro aggressively seeks to hire and retain top-quality military veteran candidates, and finds that hiring from the military community lends a strategic competitive advantage to advancing our goals. Metro has adopted a fully-integrated military recruitment strategy to enhance its military recruitment efforts. As part of that effort, Metro is engaged in regular employment presentations and info sessions on military bases, participates in Job Readiness Workshops with the Department of Labor Veteran Employment Services, and promotes career opportunities for military spouses as a standard component of all military employment presentations and networking efforts. Additionally for many of our positions the respective military occupational skills/specialty occupational codes have been incorporated into our job postings to facilitate the transfer of military work experience to civilian roles.
In 2014 Metro was the first quasi-government entity to earn both Military-Friendly Employer and Military Spouse Friendly designations from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse. WMATA also won the Military-Friendly Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021; for 2018 and 2021, WMATA won the Military Spouse Friendly Award.
Veteran Success Stories
Whether you are on active duty, transitioning or already embarking on your civilian career, WMATA ensures talent has a clear pathway to employment. Read some of our success stories.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) offers highly competitive benefit programs with a wide range of work-life options to meet employees' individual needs, including medical, dental, and supplemental life insurance. Employees can also advance their careers by furthering their education, enrolling in training classes and participating in succession planning programs.
We also offer free travel on Metrobus and Metrorail, and a variety of other work-life benefits such as tuition reimbursement and wellness programs. Participation eligibility may vary and will be determined by union or non-union affiliation.
Frequently Asked Question
Does WMATA have a veteran preference point system?
No, WMATA does not have a veteran preference point system. WMATA complies, however, with the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), which prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against protected veterans.
VEVRAA also requires employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain veterans. Consistent with VEVRAA, WMATA undertakes outreach and positive recruitment activities to effectively recruit protected veterans. WMATA invites job applicants to self-identify as protected veterans during the application process.
Equal Opportunity Employer
WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.