Military

Our commitment to supporting our nation’s heroes extends well beyond the vehicles we build. We’re honored to employ many talented veterans, guards, reserves and military spouses among our ranks as part of the Oshkosh family. Recognized as a Military-Friendly Employer for two consecutive years, Oshkosh employs more than 800 service members who bring exemplary values and unmatched expertise to our organization.

“My internship as a team coordinator with our Defense business was very similar to being a platoon leader. Upon college graduation, I was hired full time as a team coordinator and am now a program manager in Risk Management.”

Pierce Laedtke, Risk Management Program Manager

“I left the Marine Corps in 2009 to pursue my college degree. Afterwards I worked for an aviation defense company until I joined the McNeilus team in 2017. Shortly afterwards I was promoted to a Production Manager for the Refuse team.”

Tyler Bauer, Production Manager

Hiring our heros

Our commitment to veterans starts with Hiring Our Heroes. Oshkosh is one of the first Wisconsin partners in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s groundbreaking program, participating in a twelve-week fellowship program that matches transitioning servicemembers with civilian opportunities. Participating servicemembers are matched with a civilian program manager and mentor in their final 180 days of active duty, working Monday-Thursday with their corporate employer to gain professional training and hands-on experience that prepares them to join the civilian workforce. Our first participant completed the fellowship in April of 2019 and joined Oshkosh Corporation as a full-time team member.

“After 22 years in the Army I wanted to move closer to home. Through the Hiring Our Heroes program, Oshkosh let me work with them for 12 weeks so that I could understand the company and make an informed decision about my career path. During the fellowship, I quickly realized that I wanted to work at Oshkosh Defense and was honored when they offered me a position as a Quality Team Coordinator.”

James Stachowicz, Quality Team Coordinator

Celebrating Oshkosh Veterans

At Oshkosh, we take service seriously. Each year, we hold a Veteran’s Day breakfast and celebration for veterans across each of our segments, inviting former servicemembers, along with active National Guard and Reserve members, to gather as a group and celebrate their service. In 2019, our access segment event brought together more than 100 veterans from our offices and production facilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania, along with eight senior leaders and more than a dozen members of the Human Resources team who traveled to personally thank the team members for their service to our company and our nation. Each veteran was gifted a commemorative coin and pin specific to his/her branch of service, sponsored by the Oshkosh Corporation Military Network and awarded by Frank Nerenhausen, President of JLG Industries and Jerr-Dan.

Supporting our nation's heroes

Cross-functional opportunities

At Oshkosh, veterans work across a variety of roles, spanning operations, global product development, safety, product management, marketing, sales and more. With former servicemembers represented at every level of the company from entry-level to the board, the sky’s the limit for career growth.

Thoughtful transition support

The Oshkosh Corporation Military Network provides veterans, reservists and national guard members (along with their spouses) considerable resources to support the transition from in-service to on the job.

Recruit, Rally and Recognize

In addition to working to recruit servicemembers to Oshkosh, the OCMN offers career coaching, mentoring and an opportunity to connect with servicemembers across the company—all part of our efforts to Recruit, Rally and Recognize current and former servicemembers across the organization.

A celebration of service

Throughout the year, Oshkosh holds a variety of veteran-focused events, including our Veterans Day breakfast, 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb and flag placements throughout the communities we serve.