Union Pacific Enlists in Army ROTC PaYS Program
Spring, Texas, November 24, 2008 Union Pacific executives, U.S. Army officers, and Texas A&M officials have teamed up to kick off a program that pairs U.S. corporations and colleges with the U.S. Army to recruit ROTC cadets for high-quality jobs upon their return from military service. As an Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program supporter, Union Pacific signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Cadet Command to provide job interviews for specific positions to qualified Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Cadets. GRFD Cadets enter the Reserve Forces Duty (Army National Guard or Army Reserve) after graduating from college and receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant.
"Soldiers work as a team, are flexible and can work well under challenging conditions," said Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific senior assistant vice president, Safety and Environment. "Union Pacific is proud to work with the U.S. Army to provide good job opportunities for our returning soldiers whose skills, work ethic and leadership abilities match up well with our needs. We are very excited about establishing a relationship with ROTC groups at Texas A&M and across the nation to offer those same job opportunities to students upon their return from military service."
In addition to the new ROTC PaYS program, an agreement signed in 2006 between the Army and Union Pacific provides qualified Army enlistees with job interviews as they near the end of their service commitment, enabling them to plan a future career path with North America's largest freight railroad.
"Union Pacific is a strong U.S. Army supporter that provides jobs that allow soldiers to keep their commitments to the Army National Guard or Army Reserve," said Maj. Gen. W. Montague Winfield, Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command. "Adding this ROTC program speaks to the company's commitment and recognition that our soldiers have a lot to offer beyond their military service."
For consistent dedication to employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve, Union Pacific recently was awarded the 2008 Freedom Award, the U.S. government's highest employer recognition. Recognizing remarkable advocacy from the employer community, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the lead Department of Defense agency for gaining employee support, presented the Freedom Award to 15 nationwide employers divided into small, medium and large categories; Union Pacific was one of five recipients in the large category. Applicants are evaluated based on their pay policies, benefits and leave policies, previous ESGR awards, supervisor training, service member recognition, family support, deployed member support, hiring preferences and general military support.
Union Pacific offers a number of benefits that are attractive to job seekers, including tuition reimbursement, competitive benefits and compensation packages, affinity groups, fitness centers, system wide training centers, mentoring and coaching, leadership and development programs, child care and an elder care referral network. To learn more about employment opportunities available at Union Pacific, applicants are encouraged to visit www.unionpacific.jobs.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.
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