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The Best of the Best: Top 40 Under 40 for Military Recognition
by Michael Arsenault, Bradley-Morris, Inc. Director of Candidate Services

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Article Sponsored by: The Florida State University College of Business


Due to the overwhelming success of and the Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military initiative over the past several years, created a new recognition program for active-duty military and veterans, the Top 40 Under 40 for Military.

As a former military officer and the current director of candidate services for Bradley-Morris, Inc. (BMI), the largest military-focused placement firm in the U.S., I have been asked by to assist in coordinating this exciting program. Together, we are looking to identify high-achieving military professionals under the age of 40 who are currently serving or have served in defense of our nation and who will continue to serve our nation's military, business, academic, and/or governmental institutions for decades to come.

Similar civilian-oriented programs that honor the next generation of business and community leaders currently exist. Some have even recognized former service members; however, and its military base newspaper, Civilian Job News, saw a need for a military-centric version of this recognition. Hence, the Top 40 Under 40 Military recognition program was created.

I am very excited at the high level of participation in the nomination process for the inaugural class of the Top 40 Under 40 Military program. Even more impressive are the enthusiastic recommendations I consistently receive from existing nominees about others not yet identified as nominees for the program, but who should be. Many service members have been quick to tell me about a peer, boss, subordinate or friend who has worn the uniform and who epitomizes professionalism.

The eligibility criteria are:

  • Currently serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, either on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves.
  • Less than 40 years of age in 2010.
  • Have exemplary military performance as reflected from his/her assignments and evaluations.
  • Must have an honorable discharge if no longer serving.

Nominees for the 2010 class can make themselves eligible until the nomination closing date of September 1, 2010. The 2010 Top 40 Under 40 Military final selections will be announced in the November issue of Civilian Job News and will headline a special Veterans' Day issue.

If you would like to make yourself eligible for this recognition, or know someone who represents the exemplary attributes of a Top 40 Under 40 Military professional, we welcome you to join the nominating process. Simply go to and follow the instructions.

You can reach me at if you have any questions, and good luck!



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