U.S. Army and Cardinal Logistics Management Team Up On National Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program

By: Bubbajunk.com

CONCORD, N.C. (July 8, 2005) Cardinal Logistics Management one of the nations fastest growing third-party logistics and transportation firm - and the U.S. Army this week announced they have partnered together in the national U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. The PaYS program is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross-section of U.S. corporations and public sector agencies providing priority hiring status to qualified soldiers during and after completion of their Army service.

Representatives of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) and executives with Cardinal Logistics Management Corporation (Cardinal) signed an agreement at Cardinals headquarters in Concord , N.C. on Wednesday, June 29 formalizing the agreement. Cardinal executives were on hand in Concord to meet with U.S. Army officials including: Vin McLoughlin, Cardinals Chairman of the Board, and Jerry Bowman, Cardinal President and COO . U.S. Army participants included: First Sergeant (1SG) Michael Thayer, Sergeant ( SGT ) Cheri Nilsen and Captain ( CPT ) Mike Thornton.

An additional signing ceremony with Battalion Officers in Harrisburg, PA will be held at the U.S. Armys Wilkes-Barre Recruiting Office at 100 Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre PA at 12:00 p.m. noon on Monday, July 18, 2005.

The U.S. Army is excited to add Cardinal Logistics Management to its team of corporate partners in the Partnership for Youth Success program, said LTC Kevin Miller, Harrisburg , PA - Battalion Commander . We are so proud of our partnerships like this that enable our recruiters to offer applicants quality employment opportunities during and after their Army service.

PaYS was developed to help the U.S. Army attract, train and deploy talented young people who want to serve their country, but also want to help secure their future success once their Army service is complete. Under terms of the agreement between USAREC and Cardinal, enlistees interested in gaining specific job training and qualifications will receive that training while in the U.S. Army. As part of the enlistment process, recruits sign a statement of understanding of intent to work for Cardinal upon completion of their term of service. As they near the end of their enlistments, the Soldiers will have the opportunity to interview with Cardinal for a specific job at a specific location nationwide.

Cardinal has created a unique market niche in the retail industry sector specifically through dedicated home and job-site delivery transportation services, explained Cardinals President and COO , Jerry Bowman. Quality drivers are the primary reason for Cardinals phenomenal growth in the third-party logistics and transportation industry and will be our key to future success and expansion

We see the PaYS program as the perfect vehicle for attracting, training and hiring outstanding employees for many years to come, Bowman added. We are thrilled and honored to partner with the U.S. Army on this exciting initiative and look forward to tapping into the incredible talent, skills and integrity possessed by our countrys enlisted men and women who join us through this program.

The Armys list of corporate partners is growing. Cardinal Logistics is the newest of more than 100 partners, including: BellSouth, Caterpillar, HCA , EDS , Lockheed Martin, Sears Logistics Services Inc., State Farm Insurance, John Deere Company, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Goodyear, DELL and Southwest Airlines .

Cardinal jobs are scheduled to be available in the Armys PaYS database in the coming weeks.

Each year thousands of young men and women develop valuable skills and gain experience in a broad spectrum of Army jobs. They are motivated, have professional work habits and high standards of conduct. This partnership is one way we can help ensure our soldiers continue to achieve success after leaving the Army, and that American industry benefits by gaining quality employees, Miller said.