The military trains its personnel well, and the ride-hailing company Uber looks to take advantage of that by recruiting thousands of San Antonio veterans in 2016. By all accounts, it's an arrangement that's beneficial to both parties, KSAT 12 in San Antonio reported.
"They love the flexible work Uber provides, and, as you know, San Antonio has a very large military veteran community," said Chris Nakutis, the company's general manager in Texas.
Both Nakutis and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor were on hand at a Wednesday Work on Demand event, showing current drivers their appreciation and making efforts to recruit more.
"We are focusing on our veterans, military folks, in using this as an employment option for them as they transition out of the military," said Taylor.
At the moment, about 600 former servicemembers are using Uber to make money as they transition into their life after service.
"Unlike a lot of positions that you have to interview for and/or wait for them to call you, as soon as you pass the background check and do all the essentials that Uber qualifies for you to do, you can get going and you work at your discretion. The sky is the limit," Air Force veteran and current Uber driver David Tolliver told KSAT 12.
San Antonio is just a small part of Uber's wider commitment – called UberMILITARY – to hiring veterans and military family members. According to a recent press release, the company hopes to onboard 50,000 military drivers over the next year and a half.
Uber's partners in the initiative include members of all service branches, a retired four-star general, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. With minds like these serving as advisors, it's no surprise Uber has realized the value of hiring veterans.