PaYS Program Welcomes Cuyahoga County, Ohio
A signing ceremony was held to celebrate the PaYS partnership where Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald represented Cuyahoga County and Lieutenant Colonel David Barlet, the U. S. Army Cleveland Recruiting Battalion Commander signed on the Army's behalf. FitzGerald announced the signing of a partnership between Cuyahoga County and the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program pledging to give veterans preference for training programs, scholarships and county jobs and to have local hospitals train Army field medics to become nurses and nurses' assistants. Cuyahoga County is the most populous county in the state of Ohio and covers 457 square miles.
Photo left - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and Lieutenant Colonel David Barlet, the U. S. Army Cleveland Recruiting Battalion Commander.
Photo right - Lieutenant Colonel David Barlet presents Ed FitzGerald the PaYS certificate. Attending from left to right are Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid, Elise Hara, Edward FitzGerald, LTC David Barlet and Captain Andy Tate, Cleveland Metro Company Commander.
Nueces County Sheriff's Office Announces PaYS Partnership
Nueces County Sheriff's Office officials announced their partnership with the Army PaYS program guaranteeing veterans will get a job interview with the county.
Photo left - Sheriff Jim Kaelin receives the PaYS plaque from Lt. Col. David Grant, San Antonio's Army Recruiting Battalion Commander.
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
The US Army is joining forces with the Nueces County Sheriff's Department. The idea is to encourage young people to enlist in the Army with the promise of a career with the Sheriff's Department when they get out.
"It's a great thing, you know, the partnership between the military and law enforcement," said Christopher Szymanski, a US Army military recruiter. "These are two lifestyles that go hand-in-hand. It's a win-win for both of us."
It's called the PAYS Program, or Partnership for Youth Success. The way it works is that upon completion of their Army commitment, soldiers will be channeled into a job with the Sheriff's Office using a skill learned in the Army.
The PAYS Program has been around for a number of years, but they said this is the first time it has been brought to Corpus Christi.
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Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Receives NHRA Honorary Award
Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk Ohio location of the Norwalk NHRA race was a little more special for one invited guest. Ohio State Highway Patrol, a PaYS partner since May 2003, sent two troopers to the 7 July race, Trooper Joran Cottom and long time Cleveland Army Recruiting Battalion COI Trooper Levente Berry. Backstage at the Army's Strength and Action Zone, Driver Tony Schumacher surprised Trooper Berry calling him to the stage. Berry was selected as the Norwalk NHRA race Honorary Crewmember. Berry received a signed Army racing shirt and was recognized for his efforts in promoting the Army in the Cleveland area.
Photo left - Trooper Joran Cottom, Tony Schumacher and Trooper Levente Berry
ROTC Army Officer's Team Wins Math Award at University of Louisville
By Jerrod Resweber
Photo right - Recruiting Battalion Commander Lt. Col. John Hinck (right) congratulates (left to right) Suraj Kannan, 2nd Lt. James Jones and Joshua Mitchell on their international math award from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
With a math problem so complex it took four days to solve, U.S. Army officer 2nd Lt. James Jones and his University of Louisville (U of L) teammates, Suraj Kannan and Joshua Mitchell, took home the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Award in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Jones' team completed with more than 3,600 teams from 17 different countries to win the online problem-solving competition.
Jones recently graduated from U of L with a degree in biology and as part of the university's Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School Program. Jones was commissioned as an Army officer in February and will attend medical school in the fall with his tuition paid by the Army under the Health Professions Scholarship Program.
While Jones didn't have the usual math background as other competitors, he had some knowledge of bioengineering to help with this type of applied math. He said the team had to apply a math model to a real-life situation analyzing boating and camping trips to help fictitious park managers create an optimal schedule to accommodate more tourists. They submitted their solutions to the problem just minutes before the final deadline.
Jones and his team were shocked and excited hear they won the SIAM Award given that this international award is usually won by Ivy League schools. This was the first entry into the competition by the U of L. Jones and his team presented their paper on the math problem on July 11 in Minneapolis at the 2012 SIAM Annual Meeting.
Jones is currently attending Basic Officer Leadership Course at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, in Texas. He said basic understanding of math and science is very important for success in the Army.
"Math and science skills are essential for everyone in the Army," Jones said. "In fact, every Soldier in the Army can become a Combat Lifesaver, with medical duties such as setting up an IV, which requires knowledge. These skills are important to know to help your buddy on the battlefield if something occurs until medical can arrive."
Jones said he joined the Army not only because it offered a top-notch residency program, but because his father, who is also in the Army, shared stories of wounded warriors, and he wanted a career that allowed him to interact with and treat these Soldiers.
Jones will get a chance to work with wounded warriors through HPSP, which includes a 45-day active duty tour of clinical rotation at a medical or military hospital each summer.
PaYS Partners Attend Kentucky Congressman Sponsored Veteran Job and Resource Fair
Kentucky 3rd district Congressman John Yarmuth sponsored a Veteran Job and Resource Fair at the United Auto Workers Hall Local 862 in Louisville, July 27th. Partnering with Kentuckiana Works, KY Office of Employment and Training/Veterans Services, Louisville Metro Government, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve the job fair provided veterans the opportunity to meet with more than 40 businesses currently hiring. Several PaYS partners attended the job fair seeking veterans for jobs spanning from critical needs to general labor.
Photos - Veteran Job and Resource Fair at the United Auto Workers Hall Local 862 in Louisville
The PaYS marketing team asked attending partners why they came to an exclusive veteran job fair. Sergeant J. Itschner from Louisville Metro Police Department explained why they seek veterans, saying "Veterans assimilate well, they already understand the rank system and enjoy the regimented culture."
Photo below right - Cintas rep Jon Michael Tirado.
Photo below - Sara Kincade from Hyatt Regency
Photo lower right - Sergeant J. Itschner from Louisville Metro Police Department.
Sara Kincade from Hyatt Regency noted "interpersonal skills" as the number one reason they seek veterans for Front Office and Valet positions.
Aflac's Training Coordinator, Henry Cochran, said "Veterans are not afraid to work or afraid of it."
Jon Michael Tirado sited "Leadership and dedication" for the reason Cintas hires veterans, boasting "30% of our work force are veterans" Tirado said.
Brian Pyles from Best Buy needs self starters, "General warehouse workers and supervisors have to be self starters. Veterans are really great at seeing what needs to be done and doing it" Pyles shared.
Robert Barnes of Aarons said "Veteran's qualifications and skills are transferable to our business model, ex-military do very well at Aarons.
Teri Burkes from Securitas Security Services USA simply said "Veterans make excellent security officers."
The job fair included many extras for attending veterans. The Kentucky Veterans Department had counselors on hand to help with disability compensation and education benefits. Local Army Recruiting personnel were on hand to provide Army Reserve opportunities to prior service veterans.
Photo above left - Brian Pyles from Best Buy
Photo above center - Robert Barnes of Aarons
Photo above right - Teri Burkes from Securitas Security Services USA
US Small Business Administration held two seminars on starting a small business and provided several computers for veterans to work on their resumes.
Baltimore Police Department
#448, Baltimore BN - Baltimore Police Department (BPD) provides police services to the City of Baltimore, Maryland. The BPD is the 8th largest municipal police force in the United States, staffed by over 4,000 civilian and sworn personnel. The department's jurisdiction covers Maryland's largest city, with a population of 641,000. BPD would like Veterans to fill police officer positions regardless of MOS.
Midland County Sheriff's Office
#449, Dallas BN - The mission of the Midland County Sheriff's Office is to provide a safe community where citizens can live, work and raise their families without fear of crime. Employees can start in the jail division or with the academy and eventually become licensed Texas Peace Officers. Career progression includes promotion to patrol, warrants investigation, DARE task force or tactical team. They have hired nine veterans this year and seek deputies, dispatchers, clerks and administration positions.
BMO Financial Corporation
#450, Chicago BN - BMO Financial Corp (ranked 439 in Fortune 500) offers personal and commercial banking and other financial services. The company has more than 300 bank branches in the Chicago area, Indiana, and Wisconsin; they also have locations in Arizona, Florida, New York, and a handful of other states. They have positions for Veterans in the following areas; service rep, personal banker, universal banker, systems support specialist, customer contact agent, teller, mortgage specialist, and more.
#451, Milwaukeee BN - Hewlett-Packard Company is an information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. They provide products, technologies, software, solutions and services to consumers, small and medium sized businesses and large enterprises, including the government, health and education sectors. Career opportunities exist for ROTC Cadets, including internships, full-time positions for RA & AR Soldiers in IT, web design, service desk analyst and system administrator. They are a Fortune 500 company.
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Pilot Program to Help Recent Veterans Meet Challenges of Re-integrating
with Families and Communities
Alexandria, Va. (June 19, 2012)
In partnership with the Veterans Innovation Center, Wiregrass Technical
College, community leaders in Valdosta, Ga., the regional Military Officers
Association of America (MOAA) Chapter and other Veteran organizations,
applications are being solicited from recently discharged Veterans who have
an interest in pursuing a career in the construction trades. The six month
program will launch a demonstration model in Valdosta in mid-October 2012
with 50 Veterans and up to 125 family members.
Employment (in the construction trades and leading to high
expectation of career placement following program completion)
Education (construction trade professional certification and
holistic life skills training)
Culture shift (reintegration, mentoring, behavior health and
Engagement (community support, housing, spouse employment and child
care, on an as needed basis)
The program is accepting applicants now and Veterans interested in learning
entry level construction trades in a structured and mutually supportive
environment may visit the www.Valdosta4Vets.org web site for more
information and an application. Each Veteran's qualifications and interests
will be assessed by means of written input and a phone interview.
Those selected will be assigned to the community to complete necessary
testing, GI Bill qualifications and relocation activities. Those not
selected will be transferred to the Gold Card Program run by the Department
of Labor for personal guidance on employment.
This test model is referred to as the Valdosta Construction Program (VCP),
and is designed to accelerate the transition from military service to a
viable long-term civilian career path and will focus on four key elements of
military to civilian transition support:
"The VCP is designed to address the employment challenges of recent
Veterans returning home following military service and to also assist with
the challenges of re-integrating with families and communities," Bob Verhey,
Executive Director of the Veterans Innovation Center said. "Our goal is to
help recently discharged Veterans become as good a civilian as they were a
Selected Veterans will attend Wiregrass Technical College to receive
necessary technical skills to succeed professionally and necessary holistic
skills to navigate the civilian culture.
The Valdosta community intends to provide the Veteran and families mentoring
and reinforcement support in the areas of family-friendly living quarters,
spousal employment, Veteran part-time employment, public school education,
child care, entertainment, extra-curricular activities, community engagement
and more. Local community support is a key feature of the VCP program.
Post 9/11 GI Bill funding will be arranged and available to cover 100% of
expenses for tuition, books and housing.
"Our objective is to test the validity of the process and make adjustments
in preparation for the roll-out of similar programs in a variety of
professional fields across the United States." Verhey continued.
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation's largest
officers association with 370,000 members from every branch of service,
including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers
and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically
nonpartisan organization and an influential force in promoting a strong
national defense. MOAA represents the interests of service members and
their families in every stage of their lives and careers, and for those who
are not eligible to join MOAA, Voices for America's Troops is a nonprofit
MOAA affiliate that supports a strong national defense. For more
information, visit www.moaa.org.
Reverse Boot Camp to Prep Troops to Leave Military
July 23, 2012
Stars and Stripes
- by Leo Shane III
WASHINGTON -- Troops leaving the military will go through a five- to seven-day reverse boot camp covering job skills, personal finances and veterans benefits under a new initiative to be announced by President Barack Obama.
At a speech before the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Nevada, Obama will outline the program -- dubbed Transition Goals Planning Success, or Transition GPS -- as part of a wider effort to help curb veterans unemployment and the difficult integration into civilian life for many troops.
The overhaul is the first significant change in the military's Transition Assistance Program in more than 20 years. It comes in response to criticism that the current three-day voluntary program is outdated and too superficial.
According to senior administration officials, the new Transition GPS will include a pre-separation assessment and individual counseling for all troops, development of an personal transition plan, and certification that the servicemember has met "career readiness" standards before leaving the military. The program also includes efforts to provide career counseling and credentialing opportunity throughout a servicemember's military career, officials said.
The new five-day transition curriculum, created by an interagency task force, will cover lessons in basic budgeting tips, resume preparation, dealing with family adjustment issues, and translating military skills into a civilian environment. Representatives from the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs will brief outgoing troops on post-service benefits.
Officials said troops will also be offered another two-day course in one of three categories: attending college, getting a technical or civilian-credentialed job, or starting a business from scratch.
The new program won't be fully implemented throughout the military until late 2013, but officials said seven military installations have already begun pilot programs testing the new approach. About 300,000 troops are expected to go through Transition GPS annually once it is fully implemented.
In the past, such transition programs have been optional. But legislation passed by Congress late last year called for improvements to the program and making the efforts mandatory for all but a few senior servicemembers and some troops with immediate work opportunities.
Veterans as a group saw a 7.4 percent unemployment rate last month, better than the national average of 8.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Still, about 800,000 veterans are currently looking for work nationwide. About one-fourth of that group are post-9/11 veterans.
The unemployment rate of those younger veterans has remained stubbornly above national averages for most of the last four years, and raised concerns that troops who served in combat overseas may not be receiving the welcome home they deserve.
Obama announced plans to develop a reverse boot camp last August, along with tax credits for companies that hire veterans, initiatives to help servicemembers obtain work credentials, and online tools to help more easily search for available jobs matching military skills.
Congress also passed new education benefits for older unemployed veterans, but so far has refused to back a White House plan creating a "veteran job corps" focusing on police, emergency services and park ranger jobs for former military.
This article is provided courtesy of Stars and Stripes, which got its start as a newspaper for Union troops during the Civil War, and has been published continuously since 1942 in Europe and 1945 in the Pacific. Stripes reporters have been in the field with American soldiers, sailors and airmen in World War II, Korea, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Bosnia and Kosovo, and are now on assignment in the Middle East.
Stars and Stripes has one of the widest distribution ranges of any newspaper in the world. Between the Pacific and European editions, Stars and Stripes services over 50 countries where there are bases, posts, service members, ships, or embassies.
Active, Reserve Forces Meet Recruiting Goals Through 3rd Quarter
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2012 – The military's active and reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals for fiscal 2012 through June, Pentagon officials reported today.
Here are the numbers for the active services:
-- Army: 42,538 accessions, 101 percent of its goal of 42,250;
–- Navy: 24,854 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 24,848;
-- Marine Corps: 18,391 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 18,346;
-- Air Force: 21,332 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 21,332.
All four services exhibited strong retention through the ninth month of fiscal 2012, officials said.
Here are the reserve component numbers:
-- Army National Guard: 36,508 accessions, 102 percent of its goal of 35,876;
-- Army Reserve: – 19,918 accessions, 101 percent of its goal of 19,736;
-- Navy Reserve: 5,841 accessions100 percent of its goal of 5,841;
-- Marine Corps Reserve: 6,927 accessions, 104 percent of its goal of 6,649;
-- Air National Guard: 6,453 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 6,439;
-- Air Force Reserve: 6,458 accessions, 100 percent of its goal of 6,458.
All reserve components are on target to achieve their fiscal year attrition goals, officials said.
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AA3 America's Army: The Game, the Graphic Novel and Now the Tablet App
U.S. Army representatives attended Comic-Con to promote the new iOS and Android versions of the America's Army comic book. Ten years ago America's Army began as a video game that was part entertainment and part recruiting tool. The game became so popular the Army developed an on-line graphic novel based on the game. The most recent release comes in the form of a downloadable app where the user can access the ongoing comic series for free.
Authors M. Zachary Sherman, Mike Barnett and Marsha Berry, responsible for both the game and the comic were on hand to meet fans and promote their new Tablet App. They explained how the app turns America's Army into a motion comic referring to traditional comic like elements with traditional comic limited movement, scene transitions, basic animation effects, music and sound effects. However, it does not have dialogue or full-blown animation. A print version of the story is being developed and will provide a back-story for the game, characters and their activities. Emphasis on accuracy remains the Army's creator's first priority. "These guys don't think of themselves as John McClane or Rambo," Sherman said of his characters.
America's Army is not the Army's first comic. With over 700 issues PM Magazine teaches Soldiers about Army preventative maintenance in comic strip form. Since 1951 this comic has infiltrated Army day rooms, motor pools and barracks. Creator of the Spirit, Will Eisner originally produced the comic and currently comic legend Joe Kubert keeps PM Magazine cutting edge.
Showcasing America's Army's latest technology at Comic-Com provided the perfect venue. The game's teen rating and realistic Army experience was a big hit with the Army's target market.
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Army Not Renewing NASCAR Sponsorship
KANNAPOLIS, N.C., (July 10, 2012) – The U.S. Army has decided not to renew its sponsorship with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) in 2013 as a primary sponsor of the No. 39 Chevrolet driven by Ryan Newman due to a reallocation of its marketing budget that will not include a presence in NASCAR.
SHR is actively pursuing a strong brand to partner with the team and its roster of sponsors that also includes Office Depot, Mobil 1, Quicken Loans, GoDaddy.com, Haas Automation, Chevrolet, WIX Filters, Outback Steakhouse, Aspen Dental, Tornados, Coca-Cola, Oreo, Ritz, Bass Pro Shops and Code 3 Associates.
"The U.S. Army has been a great partner of Stewart-Haas Racing since the team's inception. It has been a mutually beneficial relationship, with the U.S. Army introducing training regimens that improved our pit crews while instilling the mental, physical and emotional strength of the U.S. Army Soldier in all of us. We remain very proud of our representation of the U.S. Army and its brave Soldiers who are 100 percent committed to our country. We will continue to activate on behalf of the U.S. Army for the rest of 2012, while also growing our other dynamic partnerships at Stewart-Haas Racing for the future."
– Brett Frood, Executive Vice President, Stewart-Haas Racing
"The U.S. Army has worked with Stewart-Haas Racing in a mutually beneficial and highly successful relationship for the past four seasons, and they've performed superbly as our partner on and off the track. The same can be said of other members of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series family we have sponsored during the past 10 seasons. The sport, our drivers and the passionate NASCAR fans embraced the Army's participation and created a tremendous opportunity for Americans to learn more about the profession of the Army Strong Soldier."
– John Myers, Director, Marketing Support Element, Army Marketing and Research Group
About Stewart-Haas Racing:
Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team co-owned by three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in the western world. The team fields two entries in the elite Sprint Cup Series – the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart and the No. 39 U.S. Army/Quicken Loans Chevrolet for 2008 Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman. Based in Kannapolis, N.C., Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 140,000-square-foot facility with more than 160 employees. For more information, please visit us on the Web at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing and on Twitter @StewartHaasRcng.
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Partnership for Youth Success
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
US ARMY MARKETING AND RESEARCH GROUP
1600 SPEARHEAD DIVISION AVE DEPT 600
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Army Marketing and Research Group
ATTN: PaYS Program Manager
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Alexandria, Virginia 22332
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