News | November 30, 2015

U.S. Army & Ophir-Spircon Partner in Recruiting Program

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Representatives of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command and Ophir-Spiricon signed an agreement on November 24, 2015 to provide priority hiring status to qualified Soldiers participating in the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program.

"We are excited to welcome Ophir-Spiricon to our team of corporate/government agency partners in the Partnership for Youth Success program," said Lt. Col Matthew Harmon. "We are proud of our partnerships that enable our recruiters to offer applicants quality employment opportunities during and after their Army service throughout this great nation."

Harmon, Commander of the Salt Lake City Army Recruiting Battalion, signed the agreement with Gary Wagner, General Manager of Ophir-Spiricon, during a ceremony at Bridgerland Applied Technology College.

"As a high technology company, we are in constant need to innovate and grow," said Wagner. "Hiring the best is a challenge, particularly in such an attractive geographic location where unemployment rates are typically lower than most places in the U.S. Veterans have turned out to be some of our best employees and we look forward to being the conduit between military service and civilian employment."

PaYS is a strategic partnership program between the Army and a cross section of U.S. corporations and public sector agencies. Ophir-Spiricon is the first company of its kind in Utah to sign on as a partner.

PaYS was developed to help the 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 for Ophir-Spiricon, 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 intent to work for Ophir-Spiricon upon completion of their term of service or completion of their military training. As they near the end of their enlistments, the Soldiers will have the opportunity to interview with Ophir-Spiricon for a specific job at a specific location.

Ophir-Spiricon jobs are scheduled to be available in the Army's PaYS database soon. For more information, interested applicants may visit their local recruiter or log on to <>

The Army now has more than 566 partner corporations and public sector agencies across the nation, including General Motors, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard Company, JP Morgan-Chase,, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Company, Union Pacific Railroad Company, Johnson Controls, Facebook, Inc., Westmoreland Coal, and Ophir-Spiricon.

"Each year thousands of young men and women develop valuable skills and gain experience in a broad spectrum of Army jobs," said Harmon. "They are motivated, have professional work habits, and high standards of conduct. The Partnership for Youth Success program 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."

About U.S. Army Recruiting Command
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command, headquartered at Fort Knox, recruits quality men and women to serve in the Army and Army Reserve. More than 8,000 Soldiers and civilian employees conduct recruiting operations throughout the States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and at U.S. facilities in Germany and Asia.