Military & Veterans

Not only do we build ships for the military, but many veterans and their spouses, as well as active Guard and Reserve members play a key role in building these ships. Here at Bath Iron Works, we deeply value our talented military workforce. Many skills that are learned in the military are transferable in the shipyard, with many roles in direct relevance to military experience.

In an effort to increase the amount of veterans we hire, we are involved with Maine’s Hire-A-Vet Campaign, which provides support to employers seeking to hire more veterans. We are an employer of choice in supporting Maine’s veterans and have been recognized for our commitment to hire veterans, as shown in this letter regarding the Hire-A-Vet 2020 campaign.

Additionally, we partner with Boots2Roots, a non-profit focused on preparing active duty military members for their transition in the state of Maine, and DoD SkillBridge, an internship program which connects transitioning service members to career job training opportunities. We are also proud to be part of’s Hiring Commitment program, which further expresses our commitment to hire U.S. military veterans and their spouses.

In 2020, the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented General Dynamics Bath Iron Works with its Pro Patria award for making sure our employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves have the support they need in the important work they do for our military. The U.S. Department of Labor also recognized BIW for hiring, retaining and supporting veterans by awarding us with its HIRE Vets Platinum Medallion.

We understand the importance of serving our country and offer a generous military leave policy which includes paid time off for annual training and a continuation of benefits.

Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve who work at Bath Iron Works continue to serve our country and support the military. We play a key role in aiding our country’s defense by providing the dependable ships that help keep our servicemen and women safe. Bath Built is Best Built!

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