Macy’s is doing its part to bring veterans into the department store field.

Since July 2011, Macy’s Military Executive Development Program (MEDP) has placed 53 veterans in its stores: 28 from the Army, 12 from the U.S. Marine Corp., eight from the Navy, four from the Air Force and one from the Coast Guard.

Veterans complete a one-year program where they are exposed to all aspects of department store retail management. Following completion of the program, the trainees are placed as assistant store managers with the goal of elevating them to vice president store managers within 12 to 18 months.

The first class graduated seven trainees, five of whom were placed as assistant store managers, one as a district merchant and one as a multi-store operations manager. Two have since been promoted to vice president.

In spring 2013, Macy’s began to seek veterans for a pilot executive development program in its logistics division. The program was a success, according to the store, and the retailer is now looking to veterans to fill managerial positions within its distribution and fulfillment centers.

“Macy’s Military Executive Development Program provides a great opportunity for military leaders to make a transition into retail management using their leadership and team-building skills learned while in the military,” said Joe Vroman, director of executive recruitment and military initiatives for Macy’s Inc. “We invest an entire year into the development of these veterans and set them up for success as executives in our stores.”

Veterans are now working in the company’s stores in New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Diego.

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