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U.S. Army Reserve program helps workers

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Members of the U.S. Army Reserve might now have a better chance of being employed by businesses across the nation with the U.S. Army Reserve Employer Partnership program.

The partnership program, which was launched April 2008, is designed to improve the relationship between employers and the U.S. Army Reserve.

Not many employers are happy to see one of their workers take off work to fulfill their duties as an Army Reservist. These employees could be gone for days or weeks for training. In the meantime, work isn't being done. That's how the employer sees the problem. In the past, this has kept employers from hiring those who are in the Army Reserve. Now, with the partnership program their viewpoint is changing.

The partnership program allows employers participating in the program to hire a qualified Army Reservist for the time that the employee (another Army Reservist) is away.

For reservists, this program helps them expand their horizons in their career field.

Employers also benefit from the partnership program. "Employers will garner Army Reserve Citizen Soldiers who are highly skilled, self-motivated with a penchant for leadership. These soldier/employees receive work-related training and educational opportunities in the Army Reserve, allowing for cost savings to the employer, who need not repeat the training," according to the U.S. Army Reserve Web site www.armyreserve.army.mil.

There are many companies and private businesses that have become part of the U.S. Army Reserve Employer Partnership. Some of these are well-known, such as Boeing Corporation, Conoco Phillip, Continental Airlines, Dell Inc., Exxon Mobil, IBM, J.B. Hunt Transportation, K-Mart, Lockheed Martin and Marriott Corporation just to name a few. Wal-Mart was added to the list on Nov. 11. According to the Associated Press, Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, was in Bentonville that day for the signing of the agreement between Wal-Mart and the Army Reserve.

"I'm honored to officially begin an enduring partnership with a company of such impressive stature, the nation's largest private employer," Stultz said. "Wal-Mart has been a great friend to the military, and I look forward to collaborating with our newest valued partner to achieve mutual goals to attract, develop and retain a quality workforce."

To view a complete list of businesses participating in the partnership go to www.armyreserve.army.mil.

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