Information Papers

Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program

What is it?
The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program started in FY 2000. It provides America’s youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. Soldiers learn technical skills required by industry and government agencies along with work ethics, teamwork, communication, and leadership during an enlistment in the United States Army. After completing their active duty tour or Initial Entry Training for the Army Reserve, the Soldier interviews and completes the application process with the company or government agency selected during the recruiting process. Individuals participating in the PaYS program are also eligible for other monetary and non-monetary incentives offered to enlist in the Army.

What has the Army done?
The PaYS program expanded to include the Army Reserve on 1 October 2002. PaYS encourages individuals to enlist in the Army Reserve and provides them the opportunity for preferred placement with a PaYS partner. PaYS also provides the Army Reserve with another recruiting incentive to offer applicants. It provides both the Army Reserve and PaYS partners with qualified personnel.

The PaYS program expanded to include the Cadet Command Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) on 1 January 2008. Cadet Command cadre in Senior ROTC Programs can offer students contracting into the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) program the opportunity for preferred placement with a PaYS partner. PaYS for ROTC Lieutenants in the Reserve Components should have a positive impact on unit retention.

Currently there are 285 PaYS partners consisting of 190 corporations including 41 Fortune 500, seven Fortune 1000, and four Global 500 companies and 95 public sector agencies. Collectively these 285 organizations have loaded over 850,000 positions on the PaYS database for Regular Army Soldiers and 178,000 positions for Army Reserve Soldiers. Over 54,000 Regular Army Soldiers have enlisted with the PaYS program as part of their enlistment incentives. The Army Reserve program has provided an additional enlistment incentive to over 12,000 Army Reserve Soldiers. To date a total of 15 companies have committed to partner with the ROTC PaYS Program and have loaded over 173,000 positions for GRFD Cadets.

Why is this important to the Army?
Soldiers who participate in the program develop valuable skills and experience; cadets learn and hone leadership skills. They also gain opportunities for employment with PaYS partners who understand the value of their military service. The Army benefits by attracting qualified candidates utilizing this incentive and gaining valuable partners that acknowledge the Army as a quality producer of skilled and motivated employees. Employers gain employees with professional work habits who have the highest standards of conduct. In summary, PaYS benefits Soldiers, the Army, participating partners and the nation.