The Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. The PaYS program works to connect and partner civilian corporations and companies, as well as local government agencies, with the Army. The PaYS partners project and forecast future openings into a database that matches their forecasted needs with Army Military Occupational Specialties (MOS). During the enlistment process, the applicants select their MOS, associated incentives and term of enlistment, and then are given the opportunity to select a job with a PaYS partner. A Statement of Understanding containing details of the particular PaYS option is signed and a copy given to the Future Soldier. The PaYS partner promises to interview the Army PaYS Soldier for this selected position as long as the Soldier receives an honorable discharge after one enlistment, is otherwise qualified, and a job vacancy exists.
The training, Army values, discipline, work ethic and leadership traits an Army Soldier possess are significant and oftentimes gives them an advantage over other candidates. It is still important for the PaYS Soldier to review their Statement of Understanding and to establish a relationship and maintain contact with their PaYS partner during their enlistment. This relationship will assist the PaYS Soldier through their transition and hiring process.
The PaYS program benefits all involved. The PaYS Soldier is given the opportunity to establish a relationship with a premier employer and set themselves up with a job interview should they decide to exit the Army after one enlistment. The PaYS partners have access to a pool of Soldiers with values, experience, maturity, discipline and other tangible and intangible traits that make them more desirable than other candidates. The Army reconnects with America.
The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) is a recruiting initiative developed by the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) to appeal to young people interested in obtaining a quality civilian job after serving in the Army. This unique program is part of the Army’s effort to partner with America’s business community and re-connect America with the Army. The intent of the PaYS program is to provide an additional recruiting incentive to increase the Army’s ability to man the force. Having a job with a leading employer using a skill learned in the Army makes the PaYS program attractive to young people.
Benefits to Employers: PaYS partners will gain employees who have developed professional work habits and have been held to the highest standards. These future employees will be professionally trained and experienced in their specific job skill. Employers will save precious training and human resource recruitment dollars by becoming a PaYS partner today!
Job Skills Available: The Army trains tens of thousands of young men and women annually in a variety of skills valuable to industry needs. View the Army’s Careers and Jobs webpage to see which skills are applicable in your organization.
About Credentialing: Some 94 percent of the Armys Military Occupational Specialties match civilian jobs that are subject to licensure or certification, and 93 percent of enlisted Soldiers serve in these MOSs. The Army COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-line) site contains extensive information on civilian credentialing and explains how Soldiers can meet civilian credentialing requirements related to their MOSs.
PaYS Process upon Enlistment: A database that matches the job needs of industry with the job skills offered by the Army will enable a qualified young person to choose a specific job skill with a particular company. An agreement with a specific company that reflects the military skill, civilian job and term of service is prepared when the young person enlists and a Statement of Understanding is signed. Individuals participating in the PaYS program will also be eligible for other monetary and non-monetary incentives associated with enlisting inthe Army.
PaYS Process upon Separation: Regular Army PaYS Soldiers will coordinate their transition to civilian life through the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) and the PaYS partner selected during their enlistment processing. Army Reserve PaYS Soldiers will contact their PaYS partner after successful completion of Initial Entry Training. Coordination with the PaYS partner for the job application and interview process is the Soldier’s responsibility.
Benefits to Individuals: Young people who join the PaYS program while enlisting in the Army will gain valuable skills and experience and have a solid opportunity for employment after having served their country.
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