ATLANTA, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- G.I. Jobs has named Southern Company the highest-ranked utility in its 2013 Top 100 Military Friendly Employers ® listing. This marks the sixth consecutive year Southern Company has ranked as the nation's best utility for veterans, guardsmen and reservists. The Top 100 Military Friendly Employers ® list is compiled from 5,000 companies with annual revenues of at least $500 million. Criteria for selection included the strength of the company's military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service. Eleven percent of Southern Company's 26,000 employees – and 15 percent of new hires – are veterans, guardsmen or reservists. The numbers are even stronger at the company's two flagship construction projects – Plant Vogtle in Georgia and the Kemper County energy facility in Mississippi. At Vogtle, where Southern Company is leading America's nuclear renaissance by building the first new nuclear units in a generation, 47 percent of new hires are veterans. At Kemper County, where subsidiary Mississippi Power is advancing energy innovation with construction of a 21 st century coal plant, 21 percent of new hires are prior military. "As a company committed to supporting military personnel, we are honored that so many veterans have chosen to be part of the Southern Company team," said Susan N. Story, Southern Company executive vice president and Southern Company Services president and CEO. "The same characteristics these real-life heroes exemplify – dedication, commitment to safety, teamwork and excellence in all they do – are exactly what we look for in employees." As part of its commitment to veterans, Southern Company is a founding partner of the Troops to Energy Jobs program, a recruiting source that links veterans to job openings in the energy industry. The company is a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program partner, actively recruiting members of the nuclear Navy. Southern Company has pledged to support the Joining Forces initiative and signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve statement. In addition, the company annually participates in more than 30 military recruitment events and partners with military transition centers across the country.