At Southwest Airlines®, we seek to attract, hire, onboard, and retain extraordinary veterans who serve or have served our country and given our Company the freedom to fly. While our colors may be red, yellow, and blue, our Southwest® Heart beats red, white, and blue.
"Southwest is a place where the dedicated focus honed in military life brings daily recognition and reward. We celebrate the advancement of those who can lead others in marching to the same heartbeat."
- Andrew Watterson, Chief Operating Officer and U.S. Army Veteran
The inaugural Crew of Freedom One
As a Company, we're grateful for our military service members who fought for our freedoms and continue to bring their unique skillset to Southwest. Our support of our military resounds with more than 10,200 Employees who self-identify as military members (one in seven Southwest Employees) and over 1,800 military spouses.
Our Warrior Hire program
In partnership with the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA), Southwest actively supports the transition of military veterans from active duty and reserves to careers in our Technology Department. Throughout the years, dozens of Southwest Warrior Hires have successfully transitioned and received the full support of technical and career skill training, along with a "battle buddy" from a previous class, a transition mentor, and direct guidance from the Warrior Hire Steering Committee.
“You won’t find a closer family of veterans anywhere in the workforce than Southwest’s Warrior Hire program, which is comprised of every branch of service. Someone is always willing to help whenever you have a question or need support, and that’s the contagious Culture at Southwest.”
- Ron G., Senior Manager, Technology and 18th Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Thomas/USMC/Released
Supporting our veterans
Our Military Ambassadors are a Team of veterans and military spouses focused on easing the path of post-military transitioning. Based in various departments, our ambassadors cultivate a community where veterans, current military, and supporters can connect through shared experiences and learn about development opportunities.
Destination 225°® Military Pathway
The Southwest Airlines Destination 225° Programallows experienced, passionate, and well-trained aviators to learn how to fly The Southwest Way. Southwest Airlines designed the military pathway to bridge the gap for rotor or power lift pilots interested in launching their civilian flying career.
Honor Flight Network
We’re proud to honor veterans of all branches. Since 2009, Southwest has been the official airline of the Honor Flight Network, providing complimentary round-trip travel that helps military heroes visit and reflect at memorials in Washington, D.C. As of November 2022, we've donated over 12,150 tickets to veterans from all service areas.
Partnerships that matter
We're proud of our national partnerships with military-focused nonprofits. Southwest is honored to support these organizations who provide impactful services to military personnel, veterans, and their families.