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Leaving the Army? Program guarantees you an interview with one of 500 companies - and Sony's the latest to join

May. 25, 2014 - 04:39PM   |  
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For years, the Army has used video games as part of its recruiting efforts. Now, a video-game company plans to use the Army to fill its own ranks.

Sony Computer Entertainment America, makers of the PlayStation family of gaming devices, became the latest company to join the Army’s Partnership for Youth Success Program, better known as PaYS, in a ceremony May 12 at the Pentagon, according to an Army news release.

The program links companies with separating soldiers: Businesses get access to the Army’s talent pool, and soldiers get a leg up in the job hunt thanks to a guaranteed interview with one participating business.

More than 160,000 soldiers have registered for the program since it began in 2000, according to the release; soldiers sign up at their initial enlistment and can contact their chosen business six months prior to ending their first term of service to line up their interview.

More than 500 businesses participate, ranging from national corporations like Goodyear and Target to regional entities like police departments, colleges and power companies.

The 500th company, Facebook, joined in January.

“We are partnering with the Army to make sure we provide great career paths for young people who join the military and serve our country,” Sally Buchanan, senior vice president for human resources at Sony Computer Entertainment America, said in the release. “It’s important for them to know, when they come out, that [they] have gained valuable experience as a result of serving [their] country.”

Participants generally need no further qualifications beyond their military occupational specialty-related training and an honorable discharge, though some positions may require additional certifications.

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