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Veteran programs

BP is proud to support military personnel both during and after their time in uniform


"BP works hard to recruit, retain and develop military veterans as employees, because we value the skills and character traits they bring to our company."


Susan Dio, Chairman and President of BP America

Why veterans work for BP

BP has been recognized by various agencies; it has received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition the U.S government gives to employers for supporting workers who serve in the Guard or the Reserve.


Beyond its own workforce, BP helps veterans cross America transition back into civilian life. For example, its contributions to adaptive sports – including Paralympic programs and events such as the Warrior Games – help injured or disabled veterans with the process of rehabilitation and reintegration. Meanwhile, through its support for the Hiring Our Heroes initiative, BP makes it easier for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses to find meaningful employment.


The company also partners with Student Veterans of America to provide scholarships for veterans pursing STEM careers, and its Military Placement Program gives veterans the opportunity to hold a 12-month paid position with BP’s marketing and trading business  

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Military placement program

BP’s supply and trading business offers a fantastic structured placement program giving top military leavers the opportunity to gain commercial experience at BP. This is a 12-month paid placement in which you’ll receive all the training and development you’ll need to deliver great things. With the support of a dedicated mentor, you’ll gain a good understanding of the wider supply and trading business as you develop your skills and knowledge.

Military placement programme

Supporting veterans through mentoring 

BP is proud to have partnered with American Corporate Partners (ACP), a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military veterans transition to the private sector through one on one mentoring. 


BP America recognizes the challenges faced by today’s veterans transitioning into civilian life, but it sees the value veterans bring to communities across America. BP employees are paired with veterans, and or active military spouses, in a yearlong partnership to assist with career development through mentorship, networking and career guidance. 


BP is committed to more than a pledge to hire veterans; we’re committing to helping veterans find careers, stay active no matter their physical abilities, and to continue serving their communities as leaders and inspirations for the nation.

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Recognition of BP's commitment

BP is honored to have been recognized for our efforts in supporting veterans both inside and outside of the company.

  • In 2018, BP was recognized for by VetJobs as “Outstanding Veteran Employer”.
  • U.S. Veterans Magazine named BP a 2017 “Best of the Best” Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for the second time.
  • In 2016, BP was honored to be recognized as a Military Friendly Employer in GI Jobs Magazine.
  • BP has also been named a 2015 ESGR Secretary of Defense Freedom Award Recipient.
  • BP America was named as one of three 2015 ESGR Pro Patria Award winners in the state of Texas.
  • BP recently renewed its statement of support with the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR, an office of the U.S. Department of Defense, promotes cooperation and understanding between reserve service members and their civilian employers.

Meet our veterans

Michael La Ha - BP recruiter


“The Marines gave me relationships and training that will last a lifetime; I have also found this here at BP”

Michael La Ha
Derae Crane

DeRae Crane  – Associate Director


"I was second in command to a splendid officer and leader," DeRae points out. "We trained up an awesome group of soldiers and brought everyone home safe and more prepared for everyday life. At BP, if I don’t know something – or my team doesn’t know – someone on the floor will know. With the open concept and ease of access to everyone, you can really get out and get things done."

Jonathan Miller - Trade analyst


“BP is challenging. If a military man or woman finds their military career to be stagnant and unfulfilling, they should join BP’s supply and trading."

Johnathan Miller


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