Pride, purpose & promotions
You had it in the military and you can have it here too. You may be leaving the military, but you still have that same drive to lead, make a difference and better the lives of others. Consider Walgreens. Our mission is to help all people live healthier every day and veterans are a big part of our plans. That’s because we know that hiring a military veteran is one of the best decisions we can make. You’re proven leaders, quick learners, team players, and you know how to get the job done and motivate others with passion and pride.
Look below to learn how we support our veteran employees, and what opportunities are available as you transition from the military to civilian life.
Helping Veterans with Educational and Retail Opportunities (HERO) Program
Many veterans’ programs only offer a job. Walgreens is offering a path to store management. Our HERO Program is designed with our veterans’ in mind. The program merges the opportunity to continue to enhance your leadership experience in the civilian world, while pursuing a bachelor’s degree to help you achieve your educational goals.
Our goal is to provide store management careers to 5,000 veterans over the next five years.
HERO Program participants will enjoy:
- New team member and program support with Walgreens leaders
- On-the-job mentorship with Walgreens leaders
- Dedicated team to guide you through your educational journey
- LEAP Program Retail Management Training
- Gain the knowledge, training and tools you need to succeed. Part of Walgreens University, our award-winning and college credit-eligible LEAP program fully prepares you to Lead, Engage, Advance, and Perform as a Walgreens Assistant Store Manager
- Comprehensive curriculum focuses on three key areas linked to the Walgreens leadership model – Care, Win Together and Inspire – and is designed to prepare you for promotion to Assistant Store Manager (ASM) within two years
- Instructor-led workshops as well as on-the-job training and one-on-one coaching with your manager/mentor allow you to grow, learn and thrive over 12 weeks, as you develop valuable relationships and address real business challenges
- 6 credit hours toward your bachelor’s degree upon completion of program
Store positions include:
- Shift Lead
- Assistant Store Manager Trainee (ASM-T)
- ASM-Ts will remain in position for no longer than two years before receiving a promotion to assistant store manager (ASM), provided they are meeting performance expectations.
Support & Resources
W-Vets Business Resource Group (BRG): You’ll have the opportunity to join a grassroots network of current Walgreens team members composed of former veteran and military service members, active National Guard and Reserve service members, and military and veteran supporters. Activities include networking, peer mentoring, professional development and community service opportunities.
Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR): Walgreens has proudly pledged to recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and to ensure our managers and supervisors have the tools they need to effectively manage team members who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
We are also proud to offer Military Leave and Military Bridge Pay to eligible team members and employee store discounts are extended to spouses and eligible dependents.
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Andrew Shin ASM-T US Army
I believe simply put, the army core values helped me with my current position as an Assistant Store Manager Trainee. Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage all allow me to become a better employee, team member, and manager. Also understanding chain of command helps with communicating with this company just like in the service.
In my opinion, the benefits of working for a company like Walgreens as a veteran is that we get to help other veterans just like us! Especially in the Pharmacy with their medication and vaccinations.
My favorite part of working for Walgreens is that I get to impact my community, my team, and people from all around the area daily, whether they are visiting for business or for leisure. Another thing I love about my job is the constant mobility, I am not just trapped behind a desk and a computer.
Christopher P. Bolinger Assistant Store Manager ASM, US Army, SFC, 13R44
As a former Platoon Sergeant and 1SG, my leadership experience has worked well in planning for such things as holiday rush season, as well as assigning tasks to employees and following up with assigned tasks. My military leadership experience comes in handy with the transition into the Frontier movement. I always have a Plan B because as my experience tells me, you never know what is going to happen, so always try to plan for anything.
The benefits of veterans working for Walgreens is that we have a great work ethic, we always have a backup plan, so we are prepared for anything, and we work well under stress. Veterans are also very reliable, I myself have never used a sick day. Of course, veterans leadership skills are among the best, leadership is taught to us in classroom as well as on the job. Veterans are also very loyal to their employer (unit) and their employees, and always put the needs of the company (Army) and their employees (soldiers) first.
As when I was a Non-Commissioned Officer, as an ASM I get to train my employees. Training is the most important thing you can do for your employees. Taking an employee on their first day on the job with Walgreens, and seeing them take the knowledge you have taught them and watch them eventually move into the leadership position is as rewarding as pinning Sergeant strips on one of your soldiers.
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