Citi has built a strong record in leading the effort to help military personnel and their families—and especially to hire veterans in key positions throughout the company. Citi employs more than 2,000 military-experienced colleagues, including nearly 700 veterans hired in 2011 alone -- on pace to exceed the goal Citi CEO Vikram Pandit set in August 2011 to hire as many as 500 more veterans over the following 12 months.
Citi has a dedicated recruiting effort specifically to help find jobs for transitioning military personnel and their families. Our commitment to veterans is ingrained in our culture, coming from the very top of the company. Citi serves on the Advisory Board of Joining Forces, a national initiative established by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to encourage support for veterans and their families. And in 2011, Citi CEO Vikram Pandit signed the Employer Support for the Guard & Reserve, further reinforcing our commitment to meeting the unique needs of Guard and Reserve colleagues.
Citi is also a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), helping to lead the group's efforts to connect veterans and military personnel with career opportunities in the financial services industry. Working through VOWS, Citi is helping to raise awareness of the value of military personnel in the workforce while supporting charitable giving to veterans-focused organizations that provide transitional assistance. Citi also actively participates in the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program, a U.S. Army military-to-civilian recruiting initiative, and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.
Internally, Citi was one of the first financial services companies to launch an official Military Veterans Network for employees, which works across the organization to support recruiting, mentoring, leadership and community outreach programs. Originally established in New York City, we now have more 13 networks in place or in formation around the country, providing more than 1,100 military-experienced employees with formalized peer-to-peer support.
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