U.S. Army Reserve and GE Launch Employer Partnership
Innovative Public-Private Venture Builds Careers and Economy
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army Reserve and GE (NYSE: GE) agreed today to work collaboratively to develop long-term staffing solutions for America’s Soldiers and veterans. The partnership, launched under the Army Reserve’s Employer Partnership Initiative (EPI), allows both organizations to recruit, train and employ individuals interested in serving the nation and pursuing careers in diverse business industries within GE.
“GE has been a great friend to the military, and I look forward to developing a productive partnership with the company. The underlying human capital strategy that is the foundation of this partnership will benefit GE, the Army Reserve and our country as a whole,” said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve, and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command.
Through the EPI, the Army Reserve is partnering with business leaders such as GE 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.
GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said, "This partnership matches with GE’s commitment to hire talented people with uncompromising integrity.”
GE currently employs more than 11,000 veterans in their U.S. workforce and offers a range of benefits to support employees called to active duty. The company has received numerous awards and recognitions for their support of active and veteran military personnel, including the Department of Defense Freedom Award in 2004.
The EPI establishes a process whereby employers and the Army Reserve secure and share the talents of trained professionals. Partners such as GE will benefit from the employment of men and women with Army values, experience and proven leadership skills. The initiative will also help the Army Reserve continue to meet the operational demands of the ongoing Global War on Terrorism.
Since its inception in April 2008, more than 150 public and private employers have joined the initiative, including corporations, industry associations, state agencies and local police departments.
ABOUT THE UNITED STATES ARMY RESERVE
The Army Reserve is a community-based federally directed force of highly-skilled, patriotic men and women that provides our nation with trained units and qualified Soldiers during peacetime, contingencies and war. These Soldier Citizens are the backbone of the U.S. Army, providing critical support in combat, peacekeeping, nation-building and civil affairs. Army Reserve Soldiers have proudly played a vital role in every American military and humanitarian mission of the past 100 years. Today more than 196,600 trained Army Reserve Soldiers in units across the country stand ready to serve the nation when called upon by the President. For additional information visit www.armyreserve.army.mil.
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company that is built to meet essential world needs. From energy, water, transportation and health to access to money and information, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. GE is Imagination at Work. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.ge.com.
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