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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Jerry Bush: Eastman became an Eastman PaYS partner in 2007. Of course Eastman was always military friendly but it was a natural fit for Eastman to become an Army PaYS Partner.

David Sauceman: I joined the Army mainly because with the economy the way it was. The PaYS program was just a bonus. It was something that just kind of happened. I had no idea of what the PaYS Program was before I actually went in and talked to the people at MEPS. The way it was explained to me was, here’s the list of jobs that that you qualify for. This is what we can do; we can get you an interview with the place. Once you get the interview its in your hands to take care of the interview side of it.

Whenever they showed me the list of jobs, one of them was Eastman. And being from East Tennessee, local, everybody, they know Eastman. So that was the one that stuck out, that’s the one I chose.

Jerry Bush: David first stood out to me because it was his sincerity in his interview. He answered the questions well. He had the experiences both in his civilian and also in his military experience.

For him to give me real examples of where he is actually performed the situations task action results that we’re looking for in the interview so he had great examples of where he’s experienced stressful situations on the job, going above and beyond to satisfy task that people have asked him to do.

Sammy Brickey: Some of the most important attributes I think people bring to our team are what we look for is respect, maturity, judgment, being able to work in a team environment.

David Sauceman: Teamwork is very important in the Army, because you have to be able to trust everybody you’re around. Here at Eastman it’s kind of the same way. You got your teamwork and if you can’t him to do the job right, somebody can get hurt. So anytime you work, you’ve got to work together as a team.

Jerry Bush: People with military backgrounds, they bring that additional adder to the table; they got the discipline, the leadership skills that we’re looking for its already there.

David Sauceman: It all kind of plays together, anything you learned with the Army as a whole will help you in just about anything you can do.

Sammy Brickey: I think other supervisors at Eastman if they have the opportunity to hire a veteran such as David, they would see right away that they bring a lot to the table, a lot of maturity in judgment the Army already provided.

David Sauceman: You take pride in knowing you do something for your country and then you turn around and your country does something back like this with the PaYS Program.

It’s a great opportunity the PaYS Program it helped me get my foot in the door here at Eastman. If it wasn’t for the PaYS Program there’s no guarantee that I would have the opportunity to be here and have a good job.