LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA.—The U.S. Army and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort signed a partnership agreement as part of the U.S. Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, which guarantees soldiers job interviews and possible employment after their service in the Army.
The resort, which employs more than 2,000 cast members, is the first Marriott hotel to join the PaYS program and one of the first in Central Florida. Marriott International has more than 6,700 hotels in more than 129 countries.
The signing ceremony featured a full color guard presentation, remarks from Army and hotel leadership and concluded with a future solider swear-in.
The PaYS program is designed to help soldiers prepare for a career after the Army by connecting them with employers who understand the skills, discipline and work ethic that military service members bring to a business. The program is a strategic partnership between the Army and a cross section of private industry, academia and state and local public institutes and provides America’s youth with the unique opportunity to simultaneously serve their country and prepare for their future.
This program is part of a long-term U.S. Army effort to help soldiers forge professional relationships with businesses and encourage business owners to look to the Army as a plentiful and reliable recruiting source. Since PaYS began in 2000, more than 805 employers have partnered with the program.