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Partnership for Youth Success Programs (PaYS)

What is it?
The PaYS programs provide the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) recruiters with additional tools to attract qualified young people while also providing participating employers with a pool of highly qualified potential employees.

What has the Army done?
The program requires enlistees to complete an active duty tour or initial entry training for members of the USAR. Upon completion, the Soldier interviews and completes the application process with the organization they selected during the recruiting process. During their service, participants learn skills that are highly desirable to private and public sector agencies. These include: the importance of maintaining a strong work ethic, recognizing the value of teamwork, and developing effective communication and leadership skills. Individuals participating in the PaYS program are also eligible for other monetary and non-monetary enlistment incentives.

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

On January 1, 2008, the PaYS program expanded to include the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program. Cadre in senior ROTC programs can contract students into the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) program and also provide the opportunity for preferred placement with a PaYS partner. The PaYS program should have a positive impact on the retention of ROTC commissioned lieutenants in the U.S. Army Reserve.

What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future?
Currently there are 299 PaYS partners consisting of 201 corporations. This includes: 44 Fortune 500, 7 Fortune 1000, 4 Global 500 companies, and 98 public sector agencies. Collectively these organizations have loaded more than 895,000 positions in the PaYS database for Active Component Soldiers and 178,000 positions for USAR Soldiers. More than 58,000 Active Component Soldiers have enlisted with the PaYS program as part of their enlistment incentives. The USAR program has provided an additional enlistment incentive to more than 13,000 Army Reserve Soldiers. To date a total of 18 companies have committed to partner with the ROTC PaYS Program and have loaded more than 200,000 positions for cadets with GRFD contracts.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Army benefits by attracting qualified candidates while gaining valuable partners in local communities that acknowledge the Army as a producer of skilled and motivated employees.

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