Mercury Marine and the Army Recruiting Command signed an agreement Wednesday to provide priority interview status to qualified soldiers participating in the Army’s Partnership for Youth Success program.
The ceremony took place at Mercury Marine’s headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis.
Mercury vice president of human resources Denise Devereaux was joined by ret. Maj. Gen. Paul Lima, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for Wisconsin, and Lt. Col. Daryl Collins, commander of Army Recruiting Battalion Milwaukee, to sign a ceremonial memorandum of agreement.
“Mercury Marine is proud to partner with the U.S. Army as a member of the PaYS family,” Mercury president Mark Schwabero said in a statement. “The program provides direct access to prospective employees who have developed professional work habits and have been held to the highest standards. It also provides participating soldiers with Army training in a particular job skill or set of skills that match our needs.”
After soldiers enlist in the Army, they are provided an opportunity to link with a PaYS partner, such as Mercury Marine, that will reserve future interview opportunities that relate to the soldier’s military occupational specialty.
More than 150 veterans are employed by Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac. Coinciding with the PaYS agreement-signing ceremony, Mercury announced the formation of a Veteran Employees Network, which will allow veterans an increased opportunity to communicate with and support each other while transitioning to a life beyond the military. It also will serve the veteran community through participation in community service events.
“The Partnership for Youth Success program is a unique opportunity for not only the U.S. Army and Mercury Marine, but for our transitioning soldiers, as well,” Collins said. “Through this program PaYS partner companies gain employees who have developed professional work habits and have been held to the highest standards of conduct. Our soldiers are given an opportunity for employment with established, reputable companies.”