GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Starting this week, youngsters from U.S. military communities all over Europe can put in their applications for an on-post summer job.

The 2008 Summer Hire program, operated by the Civilian Human Resources Agency Europe Region, hires young people, aged 14 to 22, to work at clerical, child development and labor positions over summer.

“The program … is designed to provide participants an opportunity to gain meaningful job experience; prepare them for future education and career goals; and to support the Army mission,” according to a news release announcing this year’s program.

Examples of clerical work include typing, basic computer operation, filing, receptionist work, customer service and answering telephones. Child development involves child care duties, and labor positions may include working indoors and outdoors and light to moderate lifting or yard work. Salary is to be determined, but should not be less than $5.14 per hour, officials said.

To participate in the program youths must turn 14 before June 23 and must not turn 23 before Aug. 1. They must be unmarried family members of an active-duty servicemember or Department of Defense civilian. Participants employed in child development positions must be at least 16.

Those interested in applying for the summer hire program must submit an automated Web application form.

Applications will be accepted until May 16 for jobs that last from June 23 to Aug. 1, the news release stated.

More information on the Army’s summer hire program, including vacancy announcements and application instructions, can be found on the CHRA-Europe Web site at: summerhire/.

Among Air Force bases in Europe, only Ramstein is currently accepting applications, until May 16. Bases in the United Kingdom will accept applications starting Monday through May 16. No information was available from Aviano Air Base, Italy; Spangdahlem, Germany; or Incirlik, Turkey.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.

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