One of the most difficult things about leaving the Army is finding a job - many times companies don't appreciate or recognize the skills gained by soldiers simply because the soldiers have little documentation that employers love so much. The Army's Partnerships for Youth Success (PaYS) program is an attempt to help match qualified veterans with companies that want and need skillful employees.
When you enlist in the Army, you are offered an opportunity to participate in the PaYS which tries to match an MOS with a particular job in participating companies. There are many companies which
participate in the PaYS program, here is a sampling of some of the more well-known ones:
- Hyundai Motors
- John Deere
- Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Los Angeles Police Department
- New York Police Department
- Texas Instruments
- Pepsi Bottling Group
- Time Warner Cable
- Wells Fargo Bank
As you can see, there are participants from almost every different kind of business - a complete list can be found on the Partner List page.
While this program does not guarantee a particular job with a particular company, it does begin a relationship between a soldier and participating partner while the soldier is still serving, which can help the transition between military and civilian life. It also clearly lays out the requirements for a particular job - things like certification or additional training - in advance.
The requirements for the PaYS program are minimal; in addition to receiving an honorable discharge, you must receive the qualifying MOS, stay in contact with the partner through the Information Exchange, and receive the previously mentioned certification/training.