11 November 2008

U.S. Army Reserve Launches Employer Partnership with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army Reserve launched a groundbreaking public-private partnership today with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., the world's largest public corporation. Wal-Mart signed the one-of-a-kind agreement during its Veterans Day event that honored military veterans past and present. The agreement allows both organizations to recruit, train and employ individuals interested in both serving the nation and pursuing a career in the retail industry.

The initiative provides Army Reserve Soldiers opportunities for employment with Wal-Mart after they successfully complete military occupational specialty training (MOS). The Army Reserve and Wal-Mart will work together to recruit, license and offer training reciprocity to qualified Soldier candidates. The agreement signed today commits Wal-Mart to interviewing and considering all qualified, participating Soldiers for employment upon completion of MOS training.

"I'm honored to officially begin an enduring partnership with a company of such impressive stature, the nation's largest private employer," said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve, and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command. "Wal-Mart has been a great friend to the military, and I look forward to collaborating with our newest valued partner to achieve mutual goals to attract, develop and retain a quality workforce.

This innovative human capital strategy is good for Wal-Mart, good for the Army Reserve, good for our Soldiers and their Families, and good for America."

Newly enlisted Army Reserve Soldiers, Soldiers transitioning from the active Army to the Army Reserve and Soldiers with prior service are all eligible to participate.

"We are excited and honored to have U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers join our team," said Lee Scott, president and CEO of Wal-Mart. "Our company has a longstanding commitment to providing employment opportunities in the community. We have also long recognized those who serve in the military, and it is a privilege to assist the troops and their Families with this new initiative."

Wal-Mart's commitment to the military has been extraordinary over the years, employing thousands of Soldiers and donating millions of dollars. In addition to this new partnership, the company has engaged in many other military initiatives, including programs to help children deal with the stress of military life, pre-paid phone cards to deployed troops and morale-boosting boards in stores.

Under the Employer Partnership Initiative the Army Reserve is collaborating with business leaders to develop staffing solutions to meet America's industry demands, tackle the issue of workforce preparedness, and reinvigorate America's human talent to remain competitive in the global economy. The initiative will also help the Army Reserve continue to meet the operational demands of the ongoing Global War on Terrorism.

In addition, the initiative aims to establish a process whereby employers and the Army Reserve may secure and share the talents of trained professionals. Partners such as Wal-Mart will benefit from the employment of men and women with Army values, experience and proven leadership skills. Since its inception in April, more than 50 partnerships have been signed with various businesses around the country. In addition, more than 300 national, regional and local businesses are in various stages of formalizing a partnership with the Army Reserve.

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