On November 12, the U.S. Army and DynCorp International signed a partnership agreement as part of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. PaYS partners the Army with a cross-section of private industry, academia and state and local public institutes. The program guarantees Soldiers a job interview and possible employment after their service in the Army ends. This is a unique opportunity for America’s youth to serve their country and prepare for their own future.
DynCorp International’s CEO George Krivo spoke at the ceremony and signed the agreement along with BG Kevin Vereen, Deputy Commanding General, USAREC.
Following the signing ceremony, BG Vereen conducted an oath of enlistment ceremony for five new future soldiers.
Remarks by George Krivo:
“Men and women of the United States Army, friends and colleagues, and most importantly Future Soldiers… first and foremost, happy Veterans Day. I am truly honored to be here today representing DynCorp International at this important signing ceremony.
For those of you unfamiliar with DynCorp International, we have been a trusted partner to the Department of Defense and other government agencies for more than 70 years. Some of the services we provide include: aviation maintenance and operations, intelligence, logistics and contingency operations, ground vehicle operations and maintenance, and training. So it makes sense that more than 60 percent of our workforce are U.S. veterans, and that we are committed to continuing to employ veterans. In the last five years alone, DynCorp has hired approximately eight thousand veterans – with a large percentage coming from our United States Army.
For our record of hiring vets, we are regularly recognized as being one of the top veteran-friendly companies in the United States. Our commitment to veterans isn’t just part of our culture though. The reality is that hiring veterans is good for business.
Our customers depend on skills and leadership abilities that are unique to those who have worn the uniform. I myself served in the United States Army for more than 20 years. So while I have a deep respect for all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, you will understand why I hold the Army in particularly high regard.
I’ve been where many of you are, at the cusp of shifting from civilian life to the military. I have also, many years later, transitioned back to civilian life. And I can’t overstate the value of the Army – both in terms of what you will do as Soldiers each and every day to prepare for your missions, and how the Army will prepare you for productive futures when your service concludes.
That’s why I am so honored to be here today, to formally sign this partnership agreement that will guarantee Army Reserve, Active Duty Soldiers and ROTC cadets a job interview with companies just like DynCorp International when you choose to end your service. This is such an exciting program because it allows Soldiers to serve their country while planning for their futures. Returning to civilian life can be challenging for some. With PaYS, the Army is getting ahead of the curve and easing that transition well in advance. PaYS ensures that recruits know that opportunities are available to them later on.
I said it earlier, but I will say it again – there are many, many opportunities best suited for veterans. DynCorp International relies on those who have served. When the time is right for you, companies like mine will be there, waiting for the opportunity to put your skills back to work in support of our great nation. We are honored for this opportunity to support our troops today. And in the future, when you are no longer wearing the uniform. Because as everyone in this room knows, Soldiers always answer the call to duty.Thank you.”
Photos from the ceremony can be found on our Flickr album.