By Fonda Bock
Public Affairs Office
September 26, 2016
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- Recruiters have a new incentive to attract prospects to join the Army Reserve - a career employment program that helps applicants find good jobs.
The Private Public Partnership Office, commonly referred to as P3O, administered by the Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, finds Reserve members employment upon completion of Advanced Individual Training.
Initially only offered to active-duty Soldiers transitioning to the Army Reserve, Maj. Gen. Troy Kok, former U.S. Army Recruiting Command deputy commanding general for support, initiated the expansion of P3O last December.
He said the program not only helps Soldiers but improves retention.
“One of the things that’s truly important to a reservist is having a job,” Kok said.
A few centers took part in the pilot program in August. Now, all Reserve recruiters are required to discuss the program and its benefits with prospects during the Army interview. If prospects are interested, recruiters must enroll them when they contract.
After AIT, registered Soldiers will be contacted by an Army readiness specialist who will help them develop their resumes and fine-tune their interviewing skills, along with assisting the Soldier in identifying training and credentialing opportunities that will enhance their employability and improve their skills for the Army. The readiness specialist will coordinate multiple interviews for jobs or internships that match the Soldiers’ skills and interests.
The readiness specialist also locates opportunities for part-time employment for Soldiers who plan to attend college and for family members seeking employment assistance.
Lt. Col. Adrian Shanahan, deputy director of P3O at OCAR, said Soldiers are placed in good jobs.
“It’s not just job placement at the local mall,” Shanahan said. “We partner with Fortune 500 companies, small companies, academia, nonprofits, and government, so no matter what avenue you think you want to go toward in your career, we have partnerships in those areas with entities and organizations that want to hire Soldiers.”
Companies partnering with P3O are required to track and provide OCAR with data showing how many Soldiers and veterans they’ve interviewed and hired.
Shanahan said this kind of data allows OCAR to measure the success of the program and provides recruiters useful information to assist with their mission.
“Because recruiters are competing against other military branches, other Army components, and colleges, that kind of information is a point of sale for a recruiter who can say, ‘We have a successful job placement program,’” Shanahan said.
“The end state, is we help individual Soldiers, and provide the performance metrics back to USAREC so they can help individual recruiters entice better recruits with facts and information about employment and career opportunities.”
For more information visit the P30 Website at http://www.usar.army.mil/Featured/PrivatePublicPartnership.aspx
For training on how to enroll new Reserve Soldiers into the program, reference the frago at: (Copy link into your browser)