Our Commitment to the Military and Veterans

We appreciate our long history of partnership with the U.S. military. 3M helps support the U.S. military with homegrown innovations that withstand the toughest challenges.

3M further supports the military and our veterans through the Secretary of Defense Executive Fellows (SDEF) Program and the U.S. Army Training with Industry Program, both of which help military officers and veterans gain relevant experience in the private sector. Through these programs, 3M hosts fellows full-time for a year and provides them with an immersive experience in industry.

3M also sponsors a variety of philanthropic efforts to benefit the U.S. military, including donations to and volunteering with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), and the Coalition for Government Procurement (CGP). In addition, 3M partners with the military through programs and events like Operation Homefront and the 3M Military Bowl, an annual college football bowl game that benefits many active duty and veterans organizations, including Patriot Point, a facility for our nation’s wounded, ill and injured service members and their families.

We are also proud of the many military veterans, service members and military spouses that make up our 96,000 employees. We value the unique skills and experiences they bring to the table, allowing us to apply our science in ways that make a positive impact on people’s lives. Our 3M Military Support Network provides active support and outreach to employee veterans and their families, including scholarships, professional development, military speaker series, networking opportunities and benefits. For example, to further support employees in the National Guard or Reserve units with their ongoing training responsibilities, 3M offers four weeks of paid leave for military training, with the potential to earn differential pay for the difference between their 3M and military pay.