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Employment Initiatives for Military Spouses

Military spouses in the job market know all too well how frequent relocations can impact their careers. According to the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), one in every four military spouses is unemployed and looking for work. Employers, particularly in civilian communities, are sometimes hesitant to hire people associated with the military for fear that they may have to relocate after working for a short period of time. The costs associated with obtaining new licenses after moving to a new state can add up for spouses who require professional licenses.

Military spouse employment initiatives have been receiving much-needed attention for the past few years. Corporations are beginning to realize how much of an asset military spouses can be; and the growth of virtual employment opportunities has provided more flexible work options. In 2011, the Department of Defense (DoD) launched the expanded MSEP as part of ongoing initiatives to improve career and educational opportunities for military spouses. MSEP connects companies that are actively hiring with military spouses who are seeking employment opportunities. Visit the Military OneSource MSEP information page to learn more.

Recommended Resources

Military OneSource Spouse Career Center (SCC)—provides education and career services, resources, guidance and consultations via telephone. Call Military OneSource at 1 (800) 342-9647 for more information.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)—provides tuition assistance for eligible military spouses and helps spouses train for portable careers. Visit MyCAA for more information.

Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Career Portal—provides career resources, tips, and employment listings.  Visit the MSEP Career Portal for more information. 

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Military Spouse Employment eMentoring—an online community for military spouses to receive personalized career guidance, advice, support, and inspiration from more experienced military spouses. “Corporate mentors” representing military-spouse-friendly firms also participate to assist spouses in seeking stable employment with an opportunity for upward mobility. MilSpouse eMentor is a partnership between AcademyWomen (a nonprofit organization promoting leadership programs and offering support for female graduates of the nation’s military academies’ officer development programs) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


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