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News | Oct. 8, 2021

Tokyo Electron becomes latest Army PaYS partner

U.S. Army San Antonio Recruiting Battalion

Tokyo Electron based in Austin signed an agreement Sept. 29 with the U.S. Army during a Partnership for Youth Success Program ceremony held at Tokyo Electron U.S. Holding Inc. headquarters. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, Training and Doctrine Command, commanding general signed on behalf of the U.S. Army alongside Larry Smith, Tokyo Electron U.S. Holdings president.

   The U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success Program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross section of private industry, academia, and businesses, to include, federal, state, and local agencies. The PaYS program ensures Soldiers are guaranteed a job interview with a PaYS partner of their choice after completing their Army Reserve training or first term of active duty service. The program provides employers with a pool of highly skilled, motivated and professional candidates from which they can fill their personnel needs.

   “It all started off in 1985, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas,” said Funk. “We formed a band of brotherhood, a band of brothers that has lasted the test of time. Through wars, through separations, through multiple transitions where we got out of the Army and continued to serve in a civilian capacity.”

   U. S. Army Recruiting Command completes the "enlistment package,” which is part of the PaYS program that begins with the Future Soldier Training Program, continues during the term of enlistment, and ends with the job interview and possible employment with the Soldier's selected PaYS partner.
Recruiters discuss the PaYS partner details, when making a temporary reservation, using Future Soldier Reservation System. Recruiters review the jobs loaded by PaYS partners that match the military occupational specialty and enlistment term selected during the temporary reservation process.    

   “So what PaYS does is build win-win relationships. PaYS connects first term regular Army, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers to the civilian workforce by providing five guaranteed job interviews and possible employment,” Said Funk. “It gives them hope, a chance to grow and learn to become a part of something that begins citizenry.”

   Tokyo Electron, one of the world’s top producers of semiconductors, has a vision of becoming a trusted global partner providing technology that enables life, according to Smith. They provide technology that enables life through manufacturing equipment that is critical to make semiconductor chips.

   Recruiters express that the PaYS Program is not a guarantee of employment. The program establishes a relationship between the Soldier and participating partner to provide the Soldier a guaranteed interview. The interview establishes a relationship between the Soldier and partner's personnel resource office.

   “The Army is about building relationships. It’s being part of a team. It’s about being a part of something bigger than yourselves. It’s also about being a world class organization with strong values and that’s exactly what the PaYS partnerships do today,” said Funk. “Tokyo Electron is exactly the type of organization that’s a values-based team that shares our Army Values; Loyalty Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.” 

   Smith also a veteran and Soldier for Life, served with Funk. He is part of a family that has three generations of veterans. His oldest brother served in Vietnam, another brother served in the Air Force, and a nephew also served in the Army.  Smith recalled the discussion he had with his father about the nine-year commitment he was about to make as an 18-year-old student.  Smith found it ironic he now works for a Japanese company since his father who was in the U.S. Marine Corps served in World War II in the Pacific in locations to include Iwo Jima and Okinawa, Japan.

   Currently, there are 1,028 PaYS partners across the United States who are invested in hiring Soldiers. The partners range from Global 100, Fortune 500, and Grassroots Companies to uniformed services such as police, fire, and medical organizations. The U.S. Army PaYS program is free and has been around for 21 years.

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