PaYS Program Opportunities

Since PaYS began in 2000, more than 500 employers have partnered with the program. During the enlistment process, Soldiers will begin establishing a relationship with companies for which they are interested in working. Those Soldiers will then be granted an interview at the company of their choice upon leaving military service. This program does not guarantee employment, but it does help Soldiers clear the often-daunting first hurdle to starting a career: getting a foot in the door.

See a list of the current company partners.

ROTC PaYS Program

ROTC Cadets make exceptional candidates for the PaYS program, as employers are always looking for workers who have held leadership roles.

The U.S. Army Cadet Command is the largest officer-producing organization in the military, having commissioned more than a half-million Second Lieutenants since 1916. There are few institutions that can match the size and quality of the managerial talent found in Cadet Command.

The U.S. Army PaYS Program for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) personnel complements the benefits associated with becoming an Army Officer. ROTC cadets enrolled in the PaYS Program are eligible for a job interview and possible employment after completing their college requirements and earning a commission.

Active Duty Officers are eligible for PaYS after completing their first term of service obligation.

ROTC Cadets can select two PaYS partners in the Cadet Portal, . A "Step to Success" checklist is available on

How to Become a PaYS Partner

  1. All companies are encouraged to apply, although preference will be given to companies with 500 or more employees.

  2. The partnership welcomes private sector companies as well as government agencies and non-profit organizations.

  3. All positions must be for full-time, permanent employment. Positions reflecting a 40-hour workweek with a classification of "temporary hire" do not qualify. This includes temp agencies and/or placement agencies.

  4. The PaYS Program does not charge a fee to become a partner. In turn, companies that charge a fee for employment or placement do not meet qualification.

  5. The PaYS partner company agrees to forecast future positions and guarantee interviews.

Corporations, companies, and agencies that have signed a PaYS partnership agreement are incorporated into community-based grassroots programs and are informed and motivated Centers of Influence (COIs).

PaYS representatives are available to assist you in becoming a PaYS partner. We welcome your comments and input as our program grows. If your company is interested in joining this partnership, please visit the Partnership for Youth Success website at

PaYS Program Summary

The Army PaYS Program is a win-win opportunity. The Army helps Soldiers find employment with companies who value the skill and discipline that comes with an Army career, and companies can draw from an endless pool of qualified talent to fulfill their needs.

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My name is Kenneth Reese; I am the staffing manager for the Defense Maintenance and Logistics Group of URS Corporation.

PaYS stands for Partnership for Youth Success and what it is, it's actually a win-win situation for the U.S. Army and for URS Corporation, because we get a chance to get well-trained Soldiers and put them in positions to help defend and support our company. And the Army actually gets a chance to help a transition a Soldier with a partnership with a military friendly company.

I'm Charles Richards; I work for URS as a mechanic. My civilian job at the time wasn't progressing as fast as I thought it would. So I decided call PaYS and hopefully they'd set me up with a good interview and everything. Got a quick interview and I was hired on.

REESE: That Soldier brings with his application, the first thing I see is professionalism, and confidence. That is a big plus multiplier for URS Corporation. We know that he's been well trained. We know he's been experienced. We know that he can perform his job in any environment.

RICHARDS: URS and the Army share lot of similarities as far as leadership, timeliness, discipline, everything plays a part. Whatever you learn in the Army plays a part in wherever company you work with.

REESE: The Army values are important to URS because it allows for a diverse work force, which URS does have. And it allows our employees to excel at doing their job in any environment. So we're getting the best of the best when we recruit these guys.

RICHARDS: PaYS was not a guaranteed job. But it was a guaranteed interview. Definitely take a look at it, cause it's probably going to be a good job opening out there for you.