We invited companies from across the country to take our rigorous, more-than-80-question survey. We developed rankings based on the answers that companies provided to questions about their recruiting, cultures and policies. Not every company that responded to the survey made the cut. Not everything listed in the chart was considered in ranking companies, and many items not listed were considered.

Industry categories are courtesy of CareerBuilder.com.

Military experience instead of certification shows whether companies accept military training instead of civilian credentials in some particular cases.

Veterans on-boarding rates the way companies acclimate new veteran employees, including orientation, training and mentorship programs. Best rating is .

Company training about military rates the frequency and scope of training that company officials receive about military career paths, culture and other issues.

Military spouse policies rates the efforts made by companies to recruit and accommodate military spouse employees.

ESGR awards shows the highest award companies have received from the Defense Department's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve national committee. From most to least selective, the awards are: Freedom, Extraordinary Employer Support, Pro Patria, Above and Beyond, Seven Seals, and Patriot and Spouse Patriot.