PaYS Program Overview
The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program is a strategic partnership between the US Army and a cross section of corporations, companies, and public sector agencies. The program provides America's youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future.
This unique program is part of the Army's effort to partner with America's business community and reconnect America with its 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.
The Army Soldier
The US Army is made of committed Soldiers serving to protect America's freedoms and to preserve the peace. The Army instills the seven core Army Values; Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage, in every Soldier during training. Soldiers live and breathe these values during their Army enlistment and will forever live up to this higher standard. Soldiers receive hands-on training and field instruction in a specific career field. They also gain discipline, work ethic and maturity while learning to work as part of a team. Army education centers offer continuing education opportunities. Army Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) explains how Army Soldiers can meet civilian certification and license requirements related to their Military Occupational Specialties. Some credentialing and licensure is attainable within the first term of service. Visit www.cool.army.mil for more details.
The PaYS Soldier has the Army "stamp of approval." The Army is confident that the Soldier will benefit and be an asset to any company or organization. The tangible and intangible traits of the Army Soldier are desirable attributes heavily sought after.
US Army Cadet Command / Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
The US Army Cadet Command is the largest officer-producing organization within the American military, having commissioned more than half a million second lieutenants since its inception in 1916. It is one of the Nation's top leadership programs. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) has 273 programs located at colleges and universities throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with an enrollment of more than 25,000. More than 40 percent of current active duty Army General Officers received their commission through Army ROTC. Cadet Command combines the character building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leader development training. The commands mission is to recruit quality cadets; develop and grow confident, agile leaders; and motive young people to be better citizens. Reserve Component Cadets go directly into the Army Reserve or Army National Guard after graduation and commissioning and are available for immediate employment with their selected PaYS partner. Regular Army Cadets serve three or four years on active duty before they are eligible for employment.
The United States Army is one of the most trusted and respected institutions in America. A potential PaYS partner image should also reflect the highest of values.
a. Interested companies or agencies should have a minimum of 500 employees. This quantity provides a company size that can reasonably predict future jobs. Smaller companies will have greater difficulty in making such a prediction.
b. The partnership welcomes established companies and public sector agencies with secure reputations. Companies currently under investigation or receiving negative press do not qualify for partnership. Companies in the process of a merger are not qualified until after the action is complete.
c. All positions identified must be for full time permanent employment. Positions reflecting a 40-hour workweek with a classification of temporary hire do not qualify. This includes temp agencies and/or placement agencies.
d. The PaYS Program does not charge a fee to become a partner. In turn, companies that charge a fee for employment or placement do not meet qualification.
When a corporation, company, or public sector agency expresses interest in the Army PaYS Program, PaYS Marketing Analysts perform comprehensive research on the referred corporation, company, or public sector agency. The PaYS Marketing Analyst forwards a summary of the research and a recommendation to the PaYS Program Manager. Once approved, a representative from the local Army Recruiting Battalion schedules an appointment to present the PaYS Program Overview and answer questions. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is generated when an agreement to partner is obtained.
The Army PaYS Program is a "win-win" opportunity for everybody involved. The Army agrees to pre-qualify, train, and provide honorably discharged veterans and benefits by gaining valuable industry partners who acknowledge the Army as a quality producer of skilled employees. The PaYS Soldier agrees to fulfill their Army obligation and benefits with future hiring preference with the partnership company. The PaYS partner company agrees to reserve future positions in exchange for trained Army veterans. America benefits with a well-trained workforce that understands patriotic service.
Periodic PaYS Conferences are coordinated to facilitate personal communication between PaYS partners and the PaYS Staff. Specifically designed classes and training bring each PaYS partner up to date. Interaction with Army Soldiers is coordinated when possible. Discussion between PaYS partners about management of the PaYS program and other best practices is invaluable. The PaYS Staff organizes and coordinates these conferences.
The PaYS Marketing Analysts are available to assist you at every step of your journey to becoming a PaYS partner. We welcome your comments and input as our program grows. As you interview and employ PaYS Soldiers you will appreciate the high quality, dedication, values based work ethic they bring to your organization.