Photo above right and right - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
The College Fair allowed future students to talk with colleges and university representatives to assist in the selection and simplify the enrollment process. Scholarship organizations were on hand providing tips on successfully acquiring partial to full scholarship opportunities.
Photo right - Pepsico booth
We Want You - To attend a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Race
As a U.S. Army PaYS Partner, you are considered an important ambassador for the Army, referred to as a Center of Influence (COI). One of the advantages of being a COI is the opportunity to attend one of the season's National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) races. During the school year, the Army Sponsors the Youth & Education Services (Y.E.S.) program where COIs are provided an opportunity to speak with area students about their path to career success. For races occuring outside of the school year, COIs are invited to meet with other Army COIs and listen to race drivers, crew, and management speak about the exciting world of NHRA racing.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced today the 15 recipients of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD's highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees. These employers distinguished themselves among the 2,899 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists. The 2013 recipients will be honored at the 18th annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 26, 2013.
"I commend and thank the 15 recipients of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for providing exceptional support to our Citizen Warriors," said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "So many of our Nation's employers are finding ways to contribute to our Nation's security, but these employers stand out for their commitment to our Guardsmen and Reservists. They have the gratitude and thanks of the entire Department of Defense."
The 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients are:
Current PaYS Partners are in bold.
• Albuquerque Fire Department (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
• Bank of America (Charlotte, North Carolina)
• C.W. Driver (Pasadena, California)
• City of Columbus** (Columbus, Ohio)
• Colorado Springs Utilities (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
• DaVita, Inc. (Denver, Colorado)
• Eastman Chemical** (Kingsport, Tennessee)
• Family Allergy & Asthma (Louisville, Kentucky)
• Humana (Louisville, Kentucky)
• Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. (San Antonio, Texas)
• Richland County Sheriff's Department ** (Columbia, South Carolina)
• Safeway Inc. (Pleasanton, California)
• Steel Plate Fabricators (Knoxville, Tennessee)
• U.S. Bank (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
• U.S. Marshals Service (Washington, District of Columbia)
Freedom Award recipients stand out by going above and beyond what the federal law requires of Guard and Reserve employers. They go to extraordinary lengths to support their military employees through both formal and informal initiatives. The 2013 recipients' exemplary support includes forming an employee resource network for military employees and their families, providing additional paid military leave to Guard and Reserve employees, setting and surpassing employment goals for veterans and service members, and extending personal support to families.
Since 1996, only 175 employers have received the Freedom Award. Previous awardees have met with the President and Vice President of the United States, and the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under the auspices of ESGR to recognize exceptional support from the employer community. ESGR develops and maintains employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
For more information about the Freedom Award and this year's recipients, visit www.FreedomAward.mil under the Media Tab in the Press Releases section.
For questions or interviews regarding the Freedom Award, please contact ESGR Public Affairs at 571-372-0705 or by email at ESGR-PA@osd.mil.
Lots of positive changes have been happening with the Army PaYS program. As a result of our new social media marketing manager, new partners, and tons of events going on throughout the country, it came time to start blogging. We will post updates on the latest and greatest of Army PaYS – everything from information from our partners to interviews with PaYS employees. As always, we encourage our partners to provide news they would like to share with the PaYS community.
In the photo to the right, Sergeant Major Jesse Castellano and Lieutenant Colonel John Reinert, along with Jim Mandel, CEO Multiband Corporation, recognized employees who joined the All-Volunteer Force (on or after July 1973) as part of a colorful program held at the corporate headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn. on Tues., July 9, 2013. Matt Weldon, marketing department, enlisted in the Navy in 1997 and served for four years; Brian Caruth, field support services also served in the Navy from 1988-1991; and Casey Sanders, field support services, served in the Air Force from 1994-1999. Unable to attend the celebration, Ms. Barbara Meyer, accountant, was also recognized, serving in the Army from 1973-1976.
Far left in photo below, Captain Jeremy Johnson, Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Company Minneapolis, narrated the signing ceremony in which Multiband Corporation became the 481st Army PaYS partner. (L to R in photo below) Nicole Aristi, HR PaYS Coordinator; Don Snyder, HR VP; and Jim Mandel, CEO signing PaYS memorandum of agreement with LTC John Reinert, Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Minneapolis; Tom Haugo, Minnesota Army Reserve Ambassador; and Mr. Danny Free, Army PaYS marketing analyst.
Multiband has two operating units; their Home Service Provider (HSP), which primarily installs and maintains video services for residents of single-family homes, and Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU), which sells voice, data and video services to residents of Multiple-Dwelling Units. Both units encompass a variety of different corporate entities. They operate multiple cites in 21 states, offering quality career positions in management, finance, IT, human resources, service, technicians, warehousing and sales.
Visit www.multibandusa.com to learn more about one of PaYS newest partners.
Today's Army enlists only those who voluntarily choose to enter into military service. That has not always been the case. In 1973, the U.S. military implemented the all-volunteer force that replaced the conscription system used previously.
By Alex Dixon, Army News Service, WASHINGTON, July 3, 2013
When newly elected President Richard M. Nixon directed the Department of Defense to create an all-volunteer force, Army leaders knew there would be some hurdles. Instead of drafting young men to fill the ranks, the Army and the other armed services would need to spend money to ramp up recruiting efforts and portray military service as an attractive career choice.
By July 1, 1973 -- now 40 years ago -- the draft had been eliminated. But the Army started working on developing the all-volunteer force well before that.
In April 1971, Project VOLAR, for "volunteer Army," was implemented at select Army posts across the country. The project was an experiment designed to increase retention rates and morale among soldiers and attract those who would want to serve.
Army Sgt. Maj. Ray Moran, now retired, was assigned to the 1st Recruiting Brigade under VOLAR in 1971, at Fort Meade, Md., and said VOLAR brought about changes to life at the post.
Comfortable furniture soon filled the open-bay barracks, which were divided into sleeping rooms. Beer, once prohibited, became a popular beverage. And grooming standards relaxed. But Army leaders soon realized some changes caused more problems than they solved, and new initiatives began that focused on instilling professionalism and building pride for the Army.
Moran said he thinks the all-volunteer force initiative has proven a success -- and he was proud to have been part of it.
"We built a volunteer Army that really proved itself in Desert Storm," Moran said in a 2011 interview. "They were just a marvelous bunch of soldiers, and they have done it right through to Iraq and Afghanistan today. We are very proud of the all-volunteer Army."
Maj. Gen. Thomas C. Seamands, director of military personnel management, Army G-1, has served in the Army for 32 years now. As he grew up on a military post, he saw how the services transitioned from the draft to the all-volunteer force.
Now 40 years after the transition, Seamands says he continues to see the Army improve as a result of the all-volunteer force.
"Everybody in the Army wants to be in the Army," Seamands said. "Everyone's volunteered to come in and be a part of something bigger than themselves."
Seamands says the all-volunteer force creates a longer term of service, allowing for more complex training and cohesion-building for units.
Under the draft system, draftees usually served for two years. Now, soldiers enlist to serve for up to five years. Only 20 percent of Americans are qualified to be in the Army under standards of health, behavior and intelligence. Seamands said recruiting still remains a challenge.
"We are very selective because we know what's at stake," he said. "What's at stake is having a professional force that's capable of fighting and winning our nation's battles."
During and following the Vietnam War, public trust in the Army was at an all-time low, Seamands said. Significant numbers of draftees didn't want to serve and faced hostile environments when they returned home. Seamands said the transition to the all-volunteer force changed the national dialogue about the Army.
"Americans have a lot to be proud of and one of them is the all-volunteer force," Seamands said. "It's unprecedented. And now, the American people realize the national treasure we have in our sons and daughters serving in uniform."
Theadore "Ted" Groholske is the Southwest Marketing Analyst for the 5th Army Recruiting Brigade and portions of the 3rd and 5th ROTC cadet command. Ted began his career in the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer working in the demolition field. He spent three years in Germany and returned to the states spending almost three years at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was selected as a detailed recruiter and was assigned to the Midland Michigan recruiting center. Ted converted to recruiting full time after three years and was assigned as a Station Commander of the East Lansing recruiting center, followed by an assignment to the Howell MI, recruiting center. In 1993, Ted accepted an assignment to the Hayward recruiting station in the California Bay area. After a year, Ted moved to the Pleasant Hill, CA recruiting center. After two years, he moved to the Santa Rosa, CA center. He worked at the Sacramento Recruiting Battalion as the Recruiter Trainer for another two years.
Ted's last military assignment was in the city of College Station, PA recruiting center near Penn State University. As an avid hot wheels collector, Ted often viewed the John Deere and Company website looking for their latest model releases. While surfing the web, Ted noticed an announcement that John Deere and Company had joined the Army PaYS Program and he saw a familiar name. The Army representative had been a fellow station commander during his tour in the Lansing Recruiting Battalion. Ted contacted her and as it turned out the PaYS team had an opening for a Marketing Analyst and after a short interview Ted was hired.
After 21 years of Army service, 15 in the recruiting command, Ted hit the ground running and has worked with the Southwest PaYS partners since 2002. Ted is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS in management. His hobbies include hunting, traveling, and cars. He and his wife Maria have three daughters, Elena, Emily and Eliza, and a son-in-law Steve.
The 2013-14 Pocket Recruiting Guide has been updated for this year's release. However the update will not be printed and is available only on line at https://issuu.com/usarec/docs/prg13-14/7?e=0.
This resourceful guide is invaluable when selecting Army military occupational specialties to match civilian jobs during the job loading phase, starting on page 55. It also contains information on Army incentives (including PaYS on pg 7). The guide provides information on Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Reserve Forces, U.S. Military Academy and Preparatory school, GI Bill benefits Active Duty and Reserve Drill pay chart and much more.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (June 27, 2013) -- A smooth takeoff into the civilian work force is something many transitioning service members, veterans and their family members are looking for.
June 26, many in the Fort Campbell community found that opportunity at the CivilianJobs.com job fair, sponsored by the Fort Campbell Army Career and Alumni Program office.
The event opened at 9 a.m. to wounded warriors, and then at 10 a.m. to everyone else. In all, 615 people attended the job fair. Among those attending the event was Staff Sgt. Chris Carbin, with 723rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company.
"The companies that are here I think they are all very military friendly," said Carbin, who was attending his first job fair at Fort Campbell. "I would like to see even more companies. I think all the companies that are here have been around a while and they are headed in the right direction fiscally. I think that they are actively searching for Soldiers because they know what we bring to the table."
For companies like Patterson UTI it is knowing what service members can bring to the table that keep them coming again and again to hiring events on military installations. Patterson UTI comes to Fort Campbell every month and typically hires more than 15 transitioning service members each month.
"[Our employees work in teams] so that's why the military works so well for us because they've already been doing it," said Methella Green, Patterson UTI recruiter supervisor. "All they need to do is take the same values and bring them over."
With the job fair and the company's regular visits to Fort Campbell, Patterson UTI scheduled 28 Soldiers for interviews that today, and some of those Soldiers may have a job offer before the day is out.
"We're number 16 out of 100 [for hiring military]," said Green. "We can hire military on the spot. We will open positions just for military. We like their work ethic; we like what they give back. We want to make sure since they took care of us that now it's time we take care of them."
For members of the Exel recruiting team, it was their first time attending a job fair on an active duty installation. They've attended events at the Service Academy Career Conference. They shared Green's sentiments on wanting to help the members of the military community.
"It's just humbling," said Brenden Gallagher, Exel recruiting manager. "I didn't serve in the military, but I have a lot of appreciation for what they do for us. It's kind of cool to be able to come here and actually shake hands with them, thank them and try to find opportunities to transition them into the Exel team."
Gallagher went on to explain Exel is the world's largest third party logistics company and the experience many service members have is something they are looking for.
"You think about how big the military is and how many people are getting out," said Gallagher. "We have a lot of the need for people who have supply and logisitics experience and leadership experience like they do in the military. We think we could be a good fit for them."
For those who attend one of Civilianjobs.com's job fairs, the job search doesn't end when the fair ends. CivilianJobs.com asks for résumés for those attending the event and continues to try to help match employers with potential employees.
"We ask for a résumé because we take those resumes back to our office and we have recruiters," said Corey Branning, CivilianJobs.com operations manager. "They take those resumes and they go through and see which companies we work with that would like to see that candidate. They will call the candidate and be their recruiter and be the go between the company and the candidate. So, it doesn't stop here, it keeps going."
"For the spouses, we ask for their resumes as well," he continued. "We send those resumes to MSEP, (the) Military Spouse Employment Partnership. We send our résumés to them from the spouses and they try to help the spouses."
Branning appreciates the support CivilianJobs.com receives from the installation and from the Fort Campbell ACAP office. The support they receive is what helps makes the job fair a success.
"[I want to say] how appreciative we are to have the ACAP here that is so involved and does such a great job at not only getting the word out to the candidates and military members, but also helping us with the facility and putting on a great [job fair]," said Branning. "It's very much appreciated and it's awesome especially with marketing of this event. We have our marketing team as well, but it's so much better for the community when it comes from the installation. It's just great."
CivilianJobs.com will return to Fort Campbell for another job fair in December, and hopes to have two job fairs a year on the installation.
By By Steve Arel and Vickey Mouze, U.S. Army Cadet Command
FORT KNOX, Ky. (May 24, 2013) -- When Christopher Banks joined ROTC at the University of Virginia, his goal was to earn an active duty slot once he commissioned. But the more he thought about serving the nation and the opportunities his personal and professional development through the program could unlock, he wondered why he couldn't pursue careers both in and out of uniform.
So he opted to be detailed into the Army Reserve, placing him among 1,500 recent commissionees this year who chose to serve in a Reserve component versus active duty.
"I wanted to get my civilian career started as soon as possible," said Banks, who commissions this month.
Many Cadets seek to serve on active duty. Over the years, being assessed into the Reserve component has carried with it something of a stigma. Those who aren't given an active duty slot sometimes equate their overall ROTC performance as less-than-stellar.
That, of course, isn't the case, as evidenced by legions of commissionees who have built successful military and civilian careers.
There are many avenues Cadets travel to find sound employment. They network. They market themselves. They also tap into the Army's Partnership for Youth Success program, commonly known as PaYS. The program doesn't guarantee employment, but enables nearly 500 businesses across the country, including a number of Fortune 500 companies, to communicate with and interview prospective talent being developed in ROTC.
"Reserve components produce general officers and equally important, the Reserve and National Guard need top-notch second lieutenants," said Lt. Col. Tao, the professor of military science at Santa Clara University in California. "The amount of opportunities existing in the reserve component sometimes exceeds those on active duty.
"In my three years as a PMS, two of my No. 1 (senior) Cadets who ranked in the top 150 in the nation have chosen to go into the Reserve as a lawyer and into the Minnesota National Guard as an infantry officer. It's not what component you get that will make you successful in the Army but how hard you work once you get into it that will be most important."
A number of Cadets heading to a Reserve status say not being on active duty opens up an array of opportunities beyond the military.
Using the leadership skills he honed at the University of Virginia, Banks successfully touted himself as someone who could be an asset to a civilian company. The Italian language and literature major landed a position as an account specialist with Choice Hotels in Washington, D.C.
His role, which begins in June, will be to serve as a liaison, coordinating events between corporate clients and Choice properties in the nation's capital. In December, Banks' focus shifts to the Basic Officer Leaders Course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where he will be spend four months training as a military intelligence officer.
Banks, who originally was supposed to attend BOLC until he received a job offer, said management at Choice understands his obligation to the Army and are supportive of his service.
"I made it clear at the beginning that I have this obligation," Banks said. "They know I wanted to serve my country."
Starting with Choice before schooling allows Banks to get his footing with the company, he said. Besides, winter tends to be a slower time of year for the hotel industry, and he expects to be back as business picks up.
As for the military, serving as a Reserve officer, Banks said, makes him more versatile.
"You're making yourself a well-rounded individual by pursing two careers and a wanted person by companies that know you have certain qualities others applying won't have," he said. "The training we get is invaluable. That makes us better in the Army and in our civilian careers."
His advice to other Cadets being assessed into a Reserve component: Weigh your options, and don't be discouraged.
"Be aware there are other pathways to get to where you want to go," Banks said. "My ROTC experience set me up for success. No question."
Second Lt. Brandy Warner, who commissioned earlier in May, also plans to balance two careers at the same time -- one as a future aviator with the Massachusetts Army National Guard and the other as a project engineer with Ensign Bickford Aerospace and Defense Company in Simsbury, Conn.
Warner believes highlighting her ROTC skills during her interview at Ensign Bickford sold the company on her potential.
"I brought up many of these (leadership and management) qualities. With each quality, they were more and more impressed."
Like Banks, Warner planned to go active duty, but her goal changed after learning about internship opportunities at Ensign Bickford.
"After a year of interning, I had a feeling that there was a good chance of getting a full-time civilian job at Ensign Bickford," she said. "As time progressed, the reality of joining the MAARNG became more and more evident.
"I had a six-month plan on accepting a job offer at Ensign Bickford, I was planning a wedding, I was drilling with my unit as a Simultaneous Membership Program Cadet and I loved it. It really seemed that one thing after another fell into place."
She said Cadets need to be honest with both sides concerning expectations when planning a dual career. By being upfront about her military career with Ensign Bickford and vice versa, she has the freedom to work full-time, take a leave of absence when she starts flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala., in March 2014, and then return to Ensign Bickford. While she is excited to have a way to balance both careers, she knows doing each successfully will take planning and time management, two skills she learned in ROTC.
Jack Schneeman, a finance major at Santa Clara University, also wants to work full-time after he completes an internship. Once he commissions as an infantry officer in mid-June, he'll intern at Dougherty and Company, a boutique investment bank firm in Minneapolis. He'll shadow one of the firm's senior vice presidents through the summer.
After infantry BOLC and Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., later this year, he hopes to return to Dougherty as full-time analyst. He'll also serve as an infantry officer with the Minnesota Army National Guard.
When Schneeman started ROTC, he was adamant about going active duty. However, after a few years in Santa Clara's Leavey School of Business, he became passionate about pursuing a career in the private sector while simultaneously continuing to serve after ROTC.
Schneeman plans to pursue the entrepreneurial spirit that's found in Silicon Valley by starting his own business.
"Joining the Reserves or National Guard is still serving your country, and it's grateful to you," he said. "You will also have a lot more freedom in career choice, residence locations and can get competitive pay. The ROTC experience you've earned over the past four years helps make you desirable for an immense array of civilian positions. You'll able to find a position that fits your interests, and they will value your military and leadership experience."
Schneeman also recommends Cadets be proactive and seek help with resumes and applications while still at school. Reach out to all the employers you're interested in. Learn as much as you can about them as you prepare for interviews.
"Do not take your Reserve position lightly," he said. "Just because you weren't able to get the active duty slot you hoped for, you'll still be leading Soldiers at the end of the day. You owe it to them to give it your best."
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As the Army PaYS Social Media Division continues to ascend, in the hopes of bringing better awareness of the Army PaYS Program to a larger social media audience the program initiated a Twitter account. The Army PaYS Facebook Page has seen tremendous growth and outreach in the past year with over 6,000 fans. We are hoping for a similar response to our Twitter account, a consistent following. The Army PaYS Facebook page remains the premier outlet for recruiters to inform their Soldiers about how the program works, and to highlight the kind of interaction we maintain with our Partners. However, with a venue such as Twitter a new, yet similar and diverse audience, should respond well to the program! Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArmyPaYS !
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