TMC Transportation Partners with U.S. Army PaYS Program
By Ken Plant
Representatives of the U.S. Army and TMC Transportation signed an agreement to provide priority hiring status to qualified Soldiers participating in the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. During the ceremony, TMC employees in attendance who served in the U.S. Military were honored in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force.
Maj. Gen. Allen. Batschelet, commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, shared at the ceremony, "The U.S. Army is excited to have TMC Transportation join us as a corporate partner in the Partnership for Youth Success program. We are proud of our partnerships like this that enable our recruiters to offer applicants quality employment opportunities during and after their Army service."
"Hiring veterans has always made sense for TMC and this partnership will enable us to show Army veterans the many opportunities available to them at TMC," says Glen McCravy, Executive Vice President of Risk Management and Human Resources. "We take every opportunity available to recognize our veterans. During the ceremony 20 veterans from our Des Moines headquarters were recognized as part of the 40th Anniversary of the All Volunteer Force celebration. They represent just a fraction of our more than 600 veteran-employees."
TMC Transportation honors and supports veterans through various programs including a VA approved driver apprenticeship program, which allows veterans to draw on their GI Education benefits; veteran recognition decal program; veteran transition mentoring; Soldier care packages and fundraising for various veteran-related charities.
PaYS is a strategic partnership program between the Army and a cross section of U.S. corporations and public sector agencies. The Army's list of corporate partners is growing. TMC Transportation is the 464th company to partner in the PaYS program.
PaYS was developed to help the Army attract, train and deploy talented young people who want to serve their country, and secure future employment once their Army service is complete.
Under terms of the agreement between the U.S. Army Recruiting Command and TMC Transportation, enlistees interested in gaining specific job training and qualifications will receive that training while in the U.S. Army. As part of the enlistment process, recruits sign a statement of understanding of intent to work for TMC upon completion of their term of service. As they near the end of their enlistments, the Soldiers will have the opportunity to interview for a specific job at a specific location.
To learn more about TMC and their job opportunities, visit http://www.tmctrans.com/ .
TMC Corporation Signing Ceremony
Photo left - TMC Corporation signing ceremony. Captain Micah Ray, commander of U.S. Army Recruiting Company-Des Moines, was the MC
Captain Micah Ray, commander of U.S. Army Recruiting Company Des Moines, was the MC for TMC Transportation Army PaYS ceremony in Des Moines on November 7, 2013. "On behalf of Glen McCravy, Executive Vice President of TMC Transportation and Major General Allen Batschelet, commanding general of U.S. Army Recruiting Command, thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to join us in our PaYS signing ceremony. Following the signing ceremony we will also recognize a select group of TMC Transportation employees as America celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the All-volunteer Force this year. 40 years ago the draft ended and the all-volunteer military began."
The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program is an innovative, strategic Army marketing and recruiting program that establishes partnership programs with a cross-section of U.S. industries and public sector agencies. Upon enlistment or contract agreement in the PaYS program, enlisted active duty or Army Reserves Soldiers, whose military service was characterized as honorable and/or completion of their active duty training and ROTC Cadets who receive a Bachelor's Degree and commission are guaranteed immediate job interviews. Corporations, companies and public sector agencies that sign the PaYS partnership agreement are incorporated into community-based grassroots programs and are informed and motivated Center of Influencers (COI).
The Army PaYS program supports the President's emphasis to provide employment opportunities for Veterans. The Army PaYS program supports the Army's mission to recruit, with integrity, high quality men and women who meet the requirements of America's Army and also assists in reconnecting America with its Army. Soldiers who participate in the program develop valuable skills and experience, in addition to gaining opportunities for employment with organizations who understand the value of their military service. This partnership connection provides a win-win situation for all.
Photo above left- "Hiring veterans has always made sense for TMC and this partnership will enable us to show Army veterans the many opportunities available to them at TMC," says Glen McCravy, Executive Vice President of Risk Management and Human Resources. "We take every opportunity available to recognize our veterans. During the ceremony 20 veterans from our Des Moines headquarters were recognized as part of the 40th Anniversary of the All Volunteer Force celebration. They represent just a fraction of our more than 600 veteran-employees."
Photo above right - Maj. Gen. Allen. Batschelet, commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, shared at the ceremony, "The U.S. Army is excited to have TMC Transportation join us as a corporate partner in the Partnership for Youth Success program. We are proud of our partnerships like this that enable our recruiters to offer applicants quality employment opportunities during and after their Army service."
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 may save precious training and human resource recruitment dollars by becoming a PaYS partner.
Photo left - Glen McCravy and Major General Batschelet sign the memorandum formalizing the Army PaYS partnership, making TMC the 30th Iowa PaYS partner.
Some 94 percent of the Army's Military Occupational Specialties match civilian jobs that are subject to certification, and 93 percent of enlisted Soldiers serve in these specialties.
The Credentialing Opportunities On-line site contains extensive information on civilian credentialing and explains how Soldiers can meet civilian requirements related to their MOSs.
Photo right - Daniel McGowan, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, presents a plaque from the Army Recruiting Command to all the employees of TMC Transportation, congratulating them on the new partnership.
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 in the Army. 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. Visit www.armypays.com to find out more about the partnership program.
Photo below - L to R ... Lisa Hetzler, online driver recruiter and TMC's Army PaYS coordinator, Melissa Zollman, human resources manager,Cheryl Freauff, recruiting manager, Duane Boswell, vice president of recruiting, and Glen McCravy, Exeucitve Vice President of Human Resources, and Army representatives Major General Allen Batschelet, USAREC commanding general, J. Daniel McGowan, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for the state of Iowa, Lieutenant Colonel John Reinert, U.S Army Recruiting Battalion Minneapolis commander, Minneapolis Battalion's Command Sergeant Major Gregory McNeil, and Danny Free from the Army PaYS headquarters, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Photo above - In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force the following TMC Headquarters employees receive a personalized certificate of appreciation from Glen McCravy and Major General Batschelet which reads… "In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the All-Volunteer Force (1973 to 2013) we applaud your enlistment in the Armed Forces. Along with thousands of veterans who have served their country since July 1973, America's military has evolved to become a force of professionals sustained in peacetime, tested in battle, and respected throughout the world." Receiving the award is Clyde Eller who served in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1990 and Army National Guard from 1990 to 1994 and is currently TMC's detention specialist, David Wheeler, TMC Driver, retired from the Army serving from 1968 to 1992, Dominque Strode, customer service specialist serving in the Army from 1998 to 2002, Nathan Jackson, road repair, serving in the Army from1966 to 2009 and currently serves in the Army National Guard since 2009, James Plaff, corporate tire manager serving in the Army from 1993 to 2000, John Hetrick, corporate warranty manger serving in the Army from 1988 to 1998 and Army National Guard from1998 to 2008, Mile Little, dedicated projects manager, currently serving in the Army National Guard since 1995, Anthony Gibson, fuel tank technician, retired from the Army serving from1985 to 2013, Skip Phillips, system support analyst serving in the Army from 1972-1973, Duane Boswell, vice president driver recruiting serving in the Army from 1968 to 1977, Nate Garvey, fleet manager, currently serving in the United States Army Reserve since 2001, Marcy Noble, logistics manager, serving in the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1989, Randy Schile, system support analyst, serving the in the Marine Corps from 1978 to 1982 and then again from 1983 to 1986, Mike Freauff, load tender representative, retired from the Marine Corps serving from 1979 to 1999, Frank Leonard, securement equipment coordinator, also retired from the Marine Corps serving from 1970 to 1990, James Jones, maintenance technician, serving in the Marine Corps from 1974 to 1978, Butch Anderson, regional vice president business development, serving in the Air Force from 1969 to 1977, Mike Eddy, curriculum development manager, serving in the Army from 1986 to 1990, Cheryl Freauff, driver recruiter manager serving in the Marine Corps from 1980 to 1993 and Glen McCravy,Executive vice president human resources and risk management , serving in the Coast Guard from 1973 to 1978.
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) 27th Annual Conference &
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
PaYS Marketing Coordinator, Maria Hernandez, attended the 27th Annual HACU conference staffing the Army exhibit alongside Army recruiting personnel providing information on the PaYS Program. She spoke with hundreds of students about leveraging an Army career into civilian employment as well as potential companies about becoming PaYS Partners. She attended several luncheons with educators and supportive businesses.
HACU's Annual Conference featured general sessions with keynote speakers, and conference breakout sessions with individual presenters, panel discussions, and informative workshops. This year's theme, Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Securing the American Dream was supported with multiple presentations typically lasting around 75 minutes including time for questions and discussion.
The Partnership luncheon featured the Award of Excellence presentation to both public and private sector partners. Recipients represented organizations and individuals who work with HACU in fulfilling the mission of championing Hispanic higher education success. Dr. Mary Sally Matiella, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller (ASA FM&C),
accepted the HACU Public Sector Award on behalf of the Army. During her speech she shared her story of coming of age and the problems she faced and ultimately over came. She was especially grateful to the Army for supporting education which she learned firsthand while living on an Army installation starting at the age of 16.
Photo right - COL Douglas from the U.S. Army Cadet Command introduces the panel at the HACU luncheon.
Maria then hit the road headed to Indianapolis IN, for the SHPE Conference it is the major event for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Inc. and the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics in the country.
Each year, the SHPE Conference attracts over 5,000 engineering professionals, students and corporate representatives. The conference is an opportunity for engineering companies and corporations to recruit top talent from SHPE membership. It also provides educational, technical and career opportunities for professional and student engineers.
The Career Fair provides attending students an opportunity to meet representatives from sponsoring corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies (including the Army booth featuring PaYS), and graduate schools. This year over 200 companies from various industries attended.
The SHPE conferences premier event is the STAR Awards honoring the contributions of SHPE Members and Hispanic organizations in the STEM fields. Around 500 sponsors attended the award dinner where several PaYS partners received recognition. Exelon Corporation's Miguel Ortega won the Manager of the Year Award. Raytheon's Justa Treviño was presented the Professional Role Model Award and General Motors won the Company of the Year Award.
Photo left - Maria Hernandez meets with PaYS Partner Norfolk Southern Corporation
86th National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Convention & Expo
Ignite: Leadership, Growth, Success
Article and Photos: Shae Warzocha, PaYS Marketing
Louisville, KY 30 October – 2 November
U.S. Army's Strength in Action Zone at the National FFA Convention & Expo had something for everyone. The 60'x100' space contained a variety of interactive sections that engaged and educated visitors.
Students were required to register to gain access to the Army Exhibit Area. Once inside they were free to watch or participate in any or all sections. Over 1,200 students registered daily for access to the Army Exhibit Area.
The Eastern High School Army JROTC Color Guard performed at the third opening session of the 2013 National FFA Convention.
SGT Elsenboss and SPC Anderson from The U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) with replicas of their competition rifles were on display. Students learned about the M-21 and M-24 Sniper Systems, Special Purpose Rifles and Squad Designated Marksman Rifles and how they were developed and tested. The team shared USAMU standards and initiatives that are designed to obtain the highest degrees of precision and accuracy. The traveling team is the backbone of the USAMU efforts to support recruiting and accessions, and in raising Army combat readiness through marksmanship training while leading US Army small arms innovation.
USAMU is composed of six competitive shooting sections utilizing world class facilities for both training and competition. The team's primary mission is to WIN at all levels of competition. Facilities consist of 260 acres with 8 ranges and 18 buildings. Service Rifle, Action Shooting, International Rifle, Cross Functional Team Pistol, Shotgun and the Paralympic team comprise the shooting sections and are renowned as the "best in the world". This unit and its Soldiers have proudly represented our nation during every Summer Olympic Games that the United States has participated in since 1960, earning 24 Olympic medals. In 2012 the unit sent seven of its Soldiers to London to compete on the world's grandest stage, including the first combat-injured active-duty Soldier to ever compete in a Paralympic Games.
The interactive area was popular over the three day expo with a steady line of excited students a common site. Personalized Dog Tags were made on the spot stamped with each student's name and "FFA 2013 Louisville –Goarmy.com" included.
Students challenged their skills with the random laser bubble target pistol practice. Boarding the semi trailer exhibit students were encouraged to try out their flight skills on a helicopter simulator and learn about the advancements in Army weaponry.
Two motorcycles were on hand for viewing; Antron Brown's Pro Stock Suzuki Motorcycle and the infamous Orange County Chopper (OCC). Students were (with assistance) allowed to mount the bikes and have their picture taken. The Army ended its sponsorship with the Pro Stock in 2008 and Antron Brown ended his 10- year Pro Stock bike career that saw him earn 16 victories and two second place standings in 2001 and 2006. Antron now drives a dragster for the Army National Hot Rod Association where he became the first driver in NHRA history to win races in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
The Army Chopper touring exhibit was custom designed and built to represent the American Soldier ... rugged, lethal and
intimidating when needed, always well-equipped, finely tuned, creative, and adaptive. Built in 2005 by Orange County Chopper out of Montgomery, New York, its unique features generate positive conversations about the Army, Army values and ethics, and the importance of safety--first and always.
No Army exhibit is complete without a physical challenge area and students lined up to show off their push up and pull up skills.
Easily one of the most popular draws was the daily performance of the Military Police Working Dogs. Military Police (MP) from Fort Knox and their dogs shared the training and dedication required for these K-9 MPs. Dog handlers put their K-9s through an obstacle course, hand and eye commands, attack methods and demonstrated a hazardous chemical search and alert routine.
To promote the PaYS Program to attending vendors, sponsors and students, PaYS Midwest Marketing Analyst Danny Free staffed the Army's booth. Many of the Army's PaYS partners offer careers necessary to agriculture, animal care and mechanics. Danny was on hand to show how joining the Army could lead to a rewarding career with one of the program's 495 partners. PaYS Partner, Deere and Company, provided a display that included massive combines and featured their agriculture computer technology innovations.
Students signed up for an interactive question and answer lecture featuring Army Veterinarian CPT Sarah Cudd, DVM, and SSG Casey Hicks. They spoke to FFA members about their veterinary and animal care careers and experiences in the U.S. Army.
Throughout the week selected students were bused to Fort Knox, KY where they toured the Army's Bat Habitat Preserve, the Veterinary Treatment Facility and the Patton Museum of Leadership, Recycle Center and the Geothermal Pond.
Students' attending the Bat Habitat learned about the Army's protected Indiana Bat population and how three staff biologist proactively ensure the safety and preservation of the native species.
Soldiers in Military Occupational Specialty 68T, Animal Care Specialist, provided a guided tour to the Veterinary Treatment Facility. This state-of-the art facility provides care to animals for the Soldiers, veterans and civilians in the Fort Knox area.
Fort Knox is a leader in recycle initiatives and techniques. Students toured the extensive facility and learned about how the recycling efforts only benefit the environment but how the savings are then put back into technology to further future recycling efforts.
The geothermal pond located on Fort Knox, is responsible for saving $10 thousand dollars a month in electricity used to cool computer equipment housed in the Maude Complex.
By supporting and sponsoring programs like the National FFA conference, thousands of students are exposed to the myriad opportunities available to enlisting Soldiers and Reserve Officers' Training Corps Cadets. Students who attend these events and take advantage of the skills and experience gained by joining the Army will become better rounded and mature employees in their post Army careers.
PaYS Program Supports the Home Base Iowa Initiative
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
Photo right - Lt. Col. Richard Smith, Iowa State University Army ROTC Senior Professor of Military Science, Jay Soupene, Director Store Operations, Casey's General Store, Cindy Summers, Casey's VP Human Resources, Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Bob Myers, Casey's CEO, Danny Free, Army PaYS headquarters, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Command Sergeant Major Gregory McNeill, Lt. Col. John Reiner, Army recruiting commander for Iowa, Minn., North and South Dakota, Kate Wolfe, Assistant Vice President Human Resources, Hy-Vee and Mic Jurgens, Vice President for Human Resources, Hy-Vee, visit Casey's General Store headquarters on November 7, 2013.
As thousands of service members are scheduled to leave the military during the next five years, Iowa state officials are putting forth an effort to attract these veterans to Iowa to bolster the state's workforce. Gov. Terry Branstad, joined by military veterans and members of the Iowa business community, announced Home Base Iowa, a private-public partnership that will advertise and promote Iowa as an attractive place to work for military veterans and service members.
Former Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell and PaYS partner, Casey's General Stores CEO Bob Myers will co-chair the effort. "Part of the effort would is to make Iowa more attractive to veterans. One way Iowa can do this is through legislative action and making more state laws "military friendly." Bob Myers explained.
Photo left - Bob Myers, Casey's CEO, welcomes Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, commanding general, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, to a forum discussing how to attract Army veterans back to Iowa.
The Commanding General of USAREC, Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet along with members of U.S. Army Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion and Iowa State University Army ROTC, met with management from Casey's General Store to brainstorm ideas on how Iowa could appeal to veterans leaving the Army.
Photo right - Bob Myers, CEO of Casey's General Stores, Mic Jurgens, Vice President for Human Resources, Hy-Vee, Kate Wolfe, Assistant Vice President Human Resources, Hy-Vee, and Major General Allen Batschelet
Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet, a native of Iowa, discussed how companies that partner with the PaYS program are linked to enlisting Soldiers with a guarantee of a job interview after their military commitment. Bob Myers, CEO of Casey's General Stores invited Mic Jurgens, Vice President for Human Resources, Hy-Vee, and Kate Wolfe, Assistant Vice President Human Resources, Hy-Vee, to join in the discussions. Hy-Vee is currently processing for partnership with the PaYS Program.
PaYS appeals to enlisting Soldiers who want to return to their home state after their military service commitment. Army Reserve Soldiers benefit from finding civilian careers close to their drilling unit. Cadets who participate in the PaYS program bring leadership and a college degree to their civilian careers through their Reserve Officers' Training Corps experience. The PaYS program and the Home Base Iowa Initiative are a great fit providing exiting Soldiers a reason to return home to Iowa and do so with skills, experience and Army values.
Cindy Misner –PaYS Project Lead
By Cindy Misner
Army PaYS Program
PaYS Project Lead - Cindy Misner, originally from Cooperstown, New York, joined the US Army after graduating from high school. Cindy worked in the communications field until volunteering for and being selected for recruiting duty in 1998. She recruited in Philadelphia Army Recruiting Battalion for 5 years and Denver Army Recruiting Battalion for 6 years.
Cindy retired from the Army as the Senior Guidance Counselor of the Milwaukee MEPS in 2000. She joined the PaYS contract team in April 2002 as the Midwest Marketing Analyst. After several years as the Midwest Marketing Analyst, her organizational and leadership skills resulted in the former PaYS Program Manager recommending her for the Project Lead.
As the Project Lead Cindy is the contract supervisor of the administrative assistant and marketing team. She tracks program trends, compiles statistics, prepares briefings, information papers and other pertinent PaYS information. As functional contact, she gathers system/program requirements and provides input to technical team regarding internet and intranet data and internal and external operating systems.
Cindy has a 4-year Liberal Arts degree from Columbia College, MO.
#495 CFAN - San Antonio Bn - CFAN manufactures and supplies composite
parts with fibers, resins, and bonded structures to aerospace companies.
They are the world's only manufacturer of composite jet engine fan blades that power GE airplane engines. CFAN is an independent company started in 1991. Positions for Soldiers include maintenance, interior electrician, supply, and plumber.
#496 ZipRealty - Fresno Bn - ZipRealty provides home sellers and buyers
with an innovative real estate solution. Using the efficiencies of the internet to streamline the real estate process, they are able to pass significant savings to their clients. They have offices in 23 different states. ZipRealty is seeking to fill vacancies for real estate agents, but they have job openings for IT, marketing and HR specialist as well.
#497 Heartland Employment Services, LLC - Cleveland Bn - Heartland
Employment Services, LLC is a leading provider of short and long term medical and rehabilitation care. Care is provided through a nationwide network of skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and hospice and home care agencies. They have 500 locations in 32 states. They have career opportunities in nursing, nursing assistant, occupational & physical therapy, sales, marketing, and administration.
PaYS Partner Maines Paper and Food Service, Inc. Recognized during Veteran Job Fair in Syracuse, NY
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
Photo right - Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander LTC H.H. Darville, SGM Charles Peterson and Mr. Duane Gardiner from Maines Paper and Food Service, Inc.
Syracuse Army Recruiting Battalion Commander, LTC H.H. Darville, and SGM Charles Peterson thanked Mr. Duane Gardiner from Maines Paper and Food Service, Inc. for their support of Veterans and partnering with the Army through the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. Duane is the Driver Recruiter and Training Supervisor for Maines Paper.
The recognition ceremony was held during the Veterans Job Fair at the New York State Fair Grounds, Syracuse NY. They attend veteran specific job fairs to target veterans. "Veterans are reliable, you can always count on them" Duane said. Maines Paper partnered with the U.S .Army PaYS program to support veterans in their job search as they return home. Maines Paper has openings for delivery drivers in three states and has been a PaYS partner for two years.
Union Pacific Railroad and San Diego County Sheriff's Department Participated in the Army's Youth & Education Services (YES) Program at the NHRA Pomona Race
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
Photos right and left - Detective Daniel Wilson from San Diego County Sherriff's Department speaks at the YES Program.
Photo below right - YES audience
Detective Wilson started his career in the San Diego Central Courthouse and then transitioned to patrol in the San Marcos and Valley Center command areas. He has served for 7 years with the department and is currently assigned to the Recruitment and Backgrounds Division. In Detective Wilson's short career, he has already served in three of the four bureaus within his department and received numerous certifications in different areas of law enforcement.
He currently is responsible for the coordination of recruiting events for the department, coordinating and proctoring the California Peace Officer Standards and Training written examination for his department and preparing recruits for two academies.
He is a recipient of the Deputy of the Year award for the Valley Center Command area. He has also received several citations of merit throughout his career for his involvement within his community and his proactive police work.
Photo left - Union Pacific's Ken Kuwamura, SSG Anthony Alteri, and Tony Schumacher.
Union Pacific Railroad's Senior Recruitment Manager Ken Kuwamura has spoken at several Y.E.S. programs and is very active in the PaYS Program. Ken is used to speaking to students as he taught high school for 12 years. Ken was selected as the Vice Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Ken spent just under a decade as an Education Service Specialist for the U.S. Army and Navy.
Currently Ken is in charge of developing marketing and recruiting strategies for Union Pacific Railroad. He also supports all of the hiring and interview sessions in the Southern Region. He is responsible for military and college recruiting throughout the Union Pacific system. Other major corporations have utilized programs developed by him and his efforts have been highlighted in national publications.
He is also one of three individuals at Union Pacific Railroad that is certified to hold Diversity and EEO Training for the field employees and managers. His work in this area has been recognized locally, state wide and nationally for improving employee engagement in the workplace which has reduced injuries and increased productivity in the field.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
By Shae Warzocha
Army PaYS Program
The Army invests in educational initiatives that support and further STEM recruitment. This month we will highlight the Science proficiencies that PaYS Soldiers bring to their post Army civilian employers.
Enlisted Science Military Occupational Specialties
Medical Laboratory Specialist 68K – The medical laboratory specialist conducts tests on the tissue, blood and body fluids of patients. They perform elementary blood banking and clinical laboratory procedures in hematology, immune hematology, clinical chemistry, serology, bacteriology, parasitology and urinalysis. This includes collection of blood specimens by venipuncture and capillary puncture, pack, unpack, inspect, store and distribute blood and blood products, assemble disassemble and maintain laboratory equipment. 68K training consists of 52 weeks of Advanced Individual Training.
Optical Laboratory Specialist 68H - The optical laboratory specialist is primarily responsible for making and repairing eyeglasses that are provided for Army personnel. They are responsible for working with surface lens blanks both fabrication and repairs. This includes assembly of prescription spectacles and tool maintenance. 68H is a 24 week Advanced Individual Training where Soldiers learn knowledge of ophthalmic optics, ocular anatomy and physiology, optical laboratory supply and administration.
Mortuary Affairs Specialist 92M - The mortuary affairs specialist performs duties relating to deceased personnel, including recovery, collection, evacuation and establishment of tentative identification. They also inventory, safeguard and evacuate personal effects of deceased personnel and serve as recovery specialists at the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. 92M training consists of seven weeks Advanced Individual Training where they learn to search areas for unburied dead, unmarked graves, personal effects and identification, disinter remains, recording and administration of remains, record recovery locations on maps and overlays, and assist in preparation and shipment of remains.
Officer Careers in Science
Medical Service Corps Officer 67 - Officers must be degreed professionals in their areas of specialty in order to join the medical service corps. Medical service corps officers command the medical service corps that treats and helps the Soldiers and their families. Career field 67 includes Behavioral sciences, social workers, clinical psychologists and counseling psychologists, health administration services, laboratory sciences – biochemists, clinical laboratory officers, microbiologists and research psychologists, optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, preventive medicine sciences, medical science officers, entomologists, audiologists and environmental science/engineering officers.
Environmental Science/Engineering Officer 72D - supervises the scientific research for environmental health and industrial hygiene. They identify, evaluate and recommend the course of action to control potential health hazards, assess weapons, equipment, clothing and material systems, develop environmental health and industrial hygiene criteria/ standards. http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/amedd-categories/medical-service-corps-jobs/environmental-scientist.html
Biochemist/Physiologist 71B - is primarily responsible for the scientific research of biochemistry and physiology for the U.S. Army health care team. They supervise tests, provide consultation/expert advice and conduct research, manage laboratory operations and fiscal/personnel resources, and serve in section, branch, department or as a division chief in various laboratories.
Microbiologist 71A - is primarily responsible for the scientific research of microorganisms for the U.S. Army health care team. They supervise tests, provide consultation/expert advice and conduct research, manage laboratory operations and fiscal/personnel resources, and serve in section, branch, department or as a division chief in various laboratories.
Clinical Laboratory Scientist 71E - is primarily responsible for the scientific research of body fluids that can help prevent disease. They supervise tests, provide consultation/expert advice and conduct research, manage laboratory operations such as blood banks and their fiscal/personnel resources, and serve in section, branch, department or as a division chief in various laboratories.