Become a Certified Palmetto Military Employer

Operation Palmetto Employment

South Carolina employers who actively hire and retain veterans and service members can now apply to become a certified Palmetto Military Employers (PME). In addition to public recognition of your support of South Carolina’s military community, the credentialing process will provide the resources and data needed to grow and build a viable, sustainable program that’s vital to our state’s economic development.


What’s in it for you?
1 Public recognition from Gov. Henry McMaster, the South Carolina National Guard and the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
2 Valuable training opportunities on military hiring incentives, benefits and workforce development
3 A unique opportunity to build industry and community partnerships while increasing your human capital
4 Pride in serving those who served — not just because they served, but because they’re the right person for the right job
Ready to apply? Here’s how:
1 Submit your Initial Application and Assessment Survey to by email to
2 A PME representative will then contact you to assess your eligibility and have you sign an ESGR Statement of Support.
3 Once approved, you must submit a Letter of Intent by email on your company letterhead with size and type of business, current workforce stats and anticipated number of military hires in the coming year.
4 The final step is to attend one of our PME Training Events.

You will then be awarded with your certification, and your name and logo will be featured on the OPE website as well as other related promotional opportunities.

NOTE: PME Certification is assessed and awarded on an annual basis, conditional on your ability to meet the hiring goals stated in your Letter of Intent. We will follow up to make sure those annual military hiring and retention numbers are reported.

Certified Palmetto Military Employers

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