Class I's are on their way to hiring 15,000 employees this year and actively recruit military veterans. CSX, UP and BNSF each have sections on their websites specifically designed for vets looking for a job with them. Veterans' exposure to 24/7 work hours and their flexibility and integrity are some qualities the railroads admire. "In general, [CSX] is high on military veterans for a number of reasons, but No. 1 is safety," says Steve Toomey, manager of military diversity recruiting at CSX Transportation. "Military people are used to handling high-risk, high-priced items like weapons and ammunition, so they're very safety sensitive. And at CSX, we require safety-sensitive employees."

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