As hiring continues to pick up, many companies are eager to capitalize on the technical and managerial skills of those with military experience.

To determine the top employers for veterans, Forbes worked with compensation information site Payscale.com to develop a ranking of companies that hire the most veterans for work in which military experience is highly relevant.

The employers on this list fall into three major categories: Weapons and Security, Aerospace, Government Agencies, and Information Technology.

They exclusively offer skilled labor positions; many of the country's largest companies, particularly retailers, employ more veterans than the organizations that appear here, but in unskilled capacities.

Within the list, companies are ranked by how many veterans they employ.

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