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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 12, 2013

First Command Ranked Among Nation’s Top Employers Of Military Vets And Spouses

Victory Media recognizes First Command as Military Friendly Employer® for second straight year and ranks it No. 11 on Top 50 Military Spouse Employers List

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FORT WORTH, Texas — First Command Financial Services, Inc. announced today that it has been named a top employer of military veterans and spouses by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines.

First Command has been designated a Military Friendly Employer® for the second straight year, and it has earned the No. 11 spot on the Top 50 Military Spouse Employers List.

Companies competed for the elite Military Friendly Employer® title via a data-driven survey of over 5,000 companies with resulting survey data independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

“We are committed to recruiting military veterans and spouses as the next generation of First Command Financial Advisors,” said Scott Spiker, CEO of First Command. “Our goal is to recruit more than 2,100 over the next five years to meet the growing demand for our face-to-face service delivered in the communities where servicemembers live and work. Military families are facing unique personal finance challenges. Many struggle with daily personal finance challenges related to monthly budgeting, emergency savings and debt. Their worries are exacerbated by uncertainties regarding long-term career options and future fiscal health. Military families need the help of knowledgeable and trustworthy Financial Advisors right now, perhaps more than ever.”

Now in its 11th year, Military Friendly Employers® media bills itself as the premier resource for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment. Each year companies taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Advisory Board consisting of leaders in the military recruitment community. A full list of board members can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com/board.

First Command is being showcased, along with other 2014 Military Friendly Employers®, in the December edition of G.I. Jobs magazine and online at MilitaryFriendly.com. Using the priority data engine on MilitaryFriendly.com, job seekers are able to view prospective employer profiles, as well as design their own custom lists according to their preferences. Custom, user-directed lists can then be saved and shared socially, allowing each job seeker to find their unique #1 Military Friendly Employer®.

“The 2014 Military Friendly Employers® represent the preeminent tier of companies with strong military recruitment programs and meaningful job opportunities for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment,” said Sean Collins, Vice President for Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “Our Military Friendly Employers® constitute the group of companies actually moving the needle and hiring from the military community. The 2014 Military Friendly Employers reported hiring over 117,000 service members and spouses over the last 12 months, representing an average of 14 percent of total new hires.”

About Victory Media

Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, serving the military community since 2001. Our Military Friendly® lists and methodology can be found at MilitaryFriendly.com. Our data-driven lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes and Bloomberg Business Week, and are frequently cited on national TV programs such as CNN, CNBC, NBC, Fox News and others.

About First Command Financial Behaviors Index®

Compiled by Sentient Decision Science, Inc., the First Command Financial Behaviors Index® assesses trends among the American public’s financial behaviors, attitudes and intentions through a monthly survey of approximately 530 U.S. consumers aged 25 to 70 with annual household incomes of at least $50,000. Results are reported quarterly. The margin of error is +/- 4.3 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence. Financial Behaviors Index

About Sentient Decision Science, Inc.

Sentient Decision Science was commissioned by First Command to compile the Financial Behaviors Index®. SDS is a behavioral science and consumer psychology consulting firm with special vertical expertise within the financial services industry. SDS specializes in advanced research methods and statistical analysis of behavioral and attitudinal data.

About First Command

First Command Financial Services and its subsidiaries, including First Command Bank and First Command Financial Planning, assist American families in their efforts to build wealth, reduce debt and pursue their lifetime financial goals and dreams—focusing on consumer behavior as the first and most powerful determinant of results. Through knowledgeable advice and coaching of the financial behaviors conducive to success, First Command Financial Advisors have built trustworthy, lasting relationships with hundreds of thousands of client families since 1958.

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