Southwest Warrior Hire smiling at work

Six branches. One Heart.

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 9,800 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

Military Ambassadors
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. 
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. 

Wanna see if your military skills match our open jobs?

 Ernie M., Southwest Captain
Arizona National Guard (Retired)

Warrior spirits. Warrior stories.

Network Director Emily E. found a career that would allow her to serve our great country while working in aviation.
Captain John G. invites a World War II pilot to sit in the flight deck before his Southwest flight.

Our Heart starts with our People.

From evacuee to the U.S. Navy to Southwest Airlines.

“If it wasn’t for the choices and sacrifices my parents made, I would not have a story to share regarding my journey to the United States or my professional career.”
- Jeni T., Southwest Airlines University
Team Leader

The few, the proud, and now part of the Southwest Family.

"Many stars aligned to make it possible for me to be on the end of this computer right now."
- Ron G., Senior Manager, Technology

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Karnath/Released

I'm an Advocate for Positivity.

"I wake up every day with one mission in mind: to advocate for positivity."
- Ro T., Supervisor Inflight Standards Audit

Cultivating Camaraderie beyond the Marines.

"Southwest provided the People and Culture that I was used to having around me while serving."
- Juan B., Senior Software Engineer

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