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Supporting and Engaging Our Military-Connected Community

Johnson & Johnson is proud to lead in support of the military-connected community: from military service members to veterans to military families and military and veteran caregivers. Through the power of our presence and partnerships around the world, we are committed to keeping this community healthy and enabling them to bring their unique experiences and strengths to the world. Bringing the military-connected community’s unique perspective to Johnson & Johnson and forming a deep sense of belonging is an important part of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion way of doing business. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Johnson & Johnson means - You Belong.
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Johnson & Johnson has a long and proud history of caring for the communities in which we live and work, including caring for our U.S. military heroes and their families. We strive to do our very best to provide them a strong network of support that enables them to serve in an exemplary manner for both their military and civilian responsibilities.

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Our Long-Standing Commitment

Johnson & Johnson‘s long and proud history of supporting military service members dates back to the Spanish-American War in 1898, when the company held positions for employees and paid their salaries while they served.

Spanish-American War

During the war, Johnson & Johnson developed a groundbreaking dressings packet for the unique need of soldiers—outfitted with compact, waterproof casing that could fit in a uniform’s pocket. To meet the urgent need, Johnson & Johnson sent additional dressings to the military at no extra charge.

World War I

During World War I, Johnson & Johnson ran round-the-clock shifts to produce sterile dressings, gauze and other medical products to supply the Allied forces, as well as hospitals in the U.S. and Europe.

World War II: General Robert Wood Johnson

In 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed General Robert Wood Johnson as the head of the Smaller War Plants Corporation in Washington, D.C. In this role, Johnson managed the wartime contracts for all U.S. factories with fewer than 500 employees.

World War II: Duct Tape

In 1943, the U.S. Army turned to Johnson & Johnson to manufacture “duct tape,” a sturdy, cloth-based, waterproof tape. The idea of Vesta Stoudt, an ordnance plant worker with two sons in the Navy, duct tape was originally used in munitions packaging and then by soldiers to repair just about anything.

World War II: LUMITE ®

In 1945, Johnson & Johnson pioneered LUMITE ® plastic screen cloths, which reduced soldiers' exposure to disease-carrying insects during World War II.

World War II: Nylon Dental Floss

During World War II, Johnson & Johnson introduced nylon dental floss. Previously, silk had been used to make floss; however, during the conflict, the material was largely allocated for parachute manufacturing.

Korean War

During the Korean War, Johnson & Johnson produced large quantities of surgical dressings, sponges, adhesive tape, splints and other medical supplies for the armed forces and for emergency civilian use, increasing manufacturing shifts to meet the demand.

Vietnam War: No. 1 Supplier of Medical Supplies

In 1967, during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army noted that Johnson & Johnson was the No. 1 supplier of medical supplies to the U.S. armed forces.

Vietnam War: United Service Organizations Partnership

In 1968, Johnson & Johnson partnered with the USO to provide care packages containing personal care products to soldiers serving in Vietnam. Today, Johnson & Johnson is the Official Healthcare Partner of the USO.

Vietnam War: Letters

Continuing a long-standing tradition during times of conflict, Johnson & Johnson employees wrote letters to those who served, providing a lifeline to home.

The Johnson & Johnson Veterans Leadership Council

Johnson & Johnson forms the VLC—the award-winning military-connected ERG to enable this community to connect, engage, develop and grow.

Veteran Jobs Mission

Johnson & Johnson joins the “100,000 Jobs Mission”—now called the Veteran Jobs Mission—a collaboration of companies committed to increase the hiring, retention and development of veterans in the private sector.

Official Healthcare Sponsor of the USO

Johnson & Johnson provides support and sponsorship of USO programs that offer direct aid, comfort and support to service members and military families.

Awarded the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve Freedom Award

Johnson & Johnson receives the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

Supporting Military Spouses

Johnson & Johnson joins the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes “Hiring 100K Military Spouses” Campaign.


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Awards & Recognition

    Johnson & Johnson named “Corporation of the Year” (2020)
    Johnson & Johnson presented the “Tip of the Spear Industry Federal Leadership Award” (2020)
  • Military Friendly®
    Military Friendly ® awarded Johnson & Johnson “Military Friendly® Employer” (2021)
    Military Times awarded Johnson & Johnson “Best for Vets: Employers” (2020)
    J&J named to the “Top Veteran-Friendly Companies” and “Top Supplier Diversity Programs” lists (2020)
  • National Veteran Owned Business Association
    Johnson & Johnson named a “Best Corporation for Veteran’s Business Enterprises” (2019)
    Johnson & Johnson awarded the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (2017)
    J&J’s Veterans Leadership Council ERG awarded the “Best-in-Class” Above & Beyond Award (2018)

Community Partners

Supporting Military-Connected Business Owners

At Johnson & Johnson we recognize the importance of having a diverse supplier base that reflects our patients and customers. By working with military-connected suppliers, we tap into new ideas that add value and provide innovative solutions to our businesses. Through the efforts of our Supplier Diversity Program we proudly partner with leading national and regional military-connected business support organizations and hundreds of Veteran-Owned Businesses.

Careers with Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson values the unique skills, competencies and experiences the military-connected community brings to the workplace and partners with leading organizations to enable this community to join us.

Our Commitments

Johnson & Johnson is proud to be a signatory to the United States Department of Defense initiatives for Guard & Reserve military members and military spouses.

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