WIESBADEN ARMY AIRFIELD, Germany - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers living in Germany now have a partner for employment opportunities.

Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, the chief of the Army Reserve, signed the first international Employer Partnership Memorandums of Agreement with Martina Zimmermann, financial controller and procurement officer of Allegis Group GmbH March 7 in the 1st Armored Division headquarters here.

Brig. Gen. Jimmie Jaye Wells, the commanding general of the 7th Civil Support Command, cosigned the agreement. Wells is the commander of the Army Reserve forces in Europe.

The chief of Army Reserve thanked Zimmermann for taking the lead on the international partnership.

"First and foremost, thanks for setting the example for the international employer partnership," said Stultz who created the innovative program. "Companies are looking for drug free, background-checked, and physically healthy employees, which is what the Army has."

Zimmermann signed the agreement creating collaboration between Allegis Group GmbH and the Employer Partnership Office. It gives the employers the opportunity to select from the Reserve pool. These Soldiers are drug tested, disciplined and provided training at no cost to the employer.

"In Germany companies don't typically drug test employees," said Zimmermann. "Basically, you get the perfect employee. Obviously, they speak very good English, and they are willing to follow procedures and accept the rules."

The program launched in April of 2008. It is a joint public-private venture that gives business leaders tangible benefits for employing Soldiers. The Army Reserve can recruit Soldiers for its positions and for civilian employers at the same time instead of competing with them.

The partnership is a recruiting effort that aims to help Reserve Soldiers find jobs by formalizing the relationship between the Army Reserve and the private sector.

Vacancies from partner employers can be found at www.jobcentral.org/vetcentral/

More than 800 firms have signed up in the U.S. with employer partners in all 50 states and two territories. Now, after partnering with the two German firms, the office has partners in the European Union.

Allegis Group GmbH provides information technology, engineering and professional staffing services in Germany to a wide range of industries through TEKSystems GmbH and Aerotek GmbH.