Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS): Initiative expands to include ROTC

Friday June 20, 2008

What is it?

The program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross section of corporations, companies and public sector agencies intended to provide an additional recruiting incentive to increase the Army's ability to man the force. The program provides America's youth with an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. The PaYS program has been in place since FY00, but until now, it has been used primarily by U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) as an incentive for enlisted troops.

What has the Army done?

This year the PaYS program was expanded to include graduates of the Army ROTC program, who will serve in the reserve components. Cadets participating in the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Program, who will be serving in either the Army Reserve or the Army National Guard after graduation and commissioning, are available for immediate employment with their selected PaYS partner. U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC), the parent organization of the Army ROTC program, reports that the program currently has 14 ROTC PaYS Partners, with 15 new companies slated to be joining. On May 29, senior leaders from USACC and USAREC welcomed EMC Corporation as the latest member of the program. A manufacturer of software and information management systems, EMC Corporation hosted the ceremony marking this latest addition to the PaYS Program at its facility in McLean, Va.

Why is this important to the Army?

PaYS is a win-win situation. It gives Army ROTC graduates and enlisted Soldiers who will be serving in the National Guard or Army Reserves an opportunity to receive priority consideration for employment by corporations that understand the value of the training these young Americans receive. Corporations gain mature leaders - men and women with highly developed managerial skills that will allow them to flourish in careers in the private sector.

What's planned for the future?

By the end of 2008, it is anticipated that jobs will be available in each of the 50 states with a goal of at least one partner company in each state and territory for the ROTC program.

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