Seeking to recruit young veterans as dealership service technicians, Hyundai Motor America is the first auto company to join a U.S. Army partnership program.

The overall effort of Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) is to help discharged former service men and women find civilian careers.

Upon completion of their military duty, qualified Army personnel will be granted priority interviews with Hyundai for open service technician jobs. In addition, the U.S. Army's career web site will post open Hyundai service technician jobs across the country.

“Hyundai is proud to support the men and women of the armed forces and understands that the commitment and aptitude required to serve in the Army translates into high-quality candidates for vehicle service technician jobs,” says Don Dees, HMA's vice president-service.

“With 737 dealerships nationwide, and more opening each month, Hyundai's future need for skilled service technicians is expected to soar, and our partnership with the Army will help us fill the void with high-caliber professionals,” he says.

Hyundai expects to add more than 50 dealerships annually to its nationwide network to support growing sales volumes. To fill the newly created service jobs at each dealership, Hyundai says it must recruit 500-1,000 service technicians each year.

Having access to approximately 1.5 million qualified Army personnel gives Hyundai a distinct recruiting advantage for its future service tech positions, says Dees.

“The Army soldier and Hyundai is a perfect match with overlapping and complementary values, beliefs, and causes,” says Lieutenant Colonel David L. Walden.

There are almost 100 PaYS corporate partners including Accenture, Dell, Southwest Airlines and Target. HMA is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea.