(NEW YORK) — Starbucks has big plans for American military veterans.
Chief Executive Howard Schultz announced on Wednesday that as part of the coffee shop giant’s plan to greatly expand its workforce, Starbucks has a goal of employing 10,000 veterans and active-duty spouses through 2018.
Schultz announced the plan with former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who sits on the Starbucks Board of Directors.
It’s expected that over one million people will leave the U.S. military to transition into civilian life over the next five years.
Earlier, Schultz asserted that it makes good business sense to hire vets since they “are highly skilled, highly trained people who have significant leadership capabilities, who will add value to Starbucks.”
The company currently employs 200,000 people but is looking to grow its global workforce to 500,000.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN