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Houston Offers Assistance To Soldiers Looking For Jobs After Military Service

The PaYS program guarantees job interviews for service members with private companies and public sector agencies.

Ryan D. McCarthy, Under Secretary of the Army (left), and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner show a plaque commemorating the City’s participation in the Partnership for Youth Services (PaYS) Program.

The City of Houston is collaborating with the U.S. Army on a program that helps soldiers in the transition to civilian life after military service.

The Army started the Partnership for Youth Services Program (PaYS) in 2000 to offer more options to service members when they re-enter the workforce.

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Ryan D. McCarthy, Under Secretary of the Army, announced the partnership on Friday.

The program guarantees job interviews for regular Army soldiers, as well as Army Reserve members and ROTC cadets, with private companies and public sector agencies.

McCarthy said during a news conference held at City Hall that the program “doesn’t guarantee a job, but it guarantees you an opportunity to go sit down with a company, with the City of Houston wherever you come from.”

Army soldiers are eligible for their interview after completing their first term of enlistment of two to six years. Army Reserve members are eligible immediately after completing their basic training and job training.

ROTC cadets get to select two PaYS partners during their senior year of college and, if hired, most of them begin working after graduation and commissioning. ROTC cadets who are entering active duty have to complete their first term of service obligation before being eligible for their interview and possible employment.

Turner said the City’s Office of Veterans Affairs will manage local participation in the program, and encourage area employers to participate. Texas has the second highest veteran population in the nation, and Houston has one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the state. 

You can watch the news conference here:

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