Spouse Education + Career Support

Enhance Spouse Educational and Career Support Opportunities

Military spouses need to be able to enhance financial stability for their families. Education programs provide a foundation for career development. Spouse career support is essential to help them maintain careers over their many moves. Programs to address these requirements should be available regardless of service or component.

We Support:

  • Enhance programs that connect military spouses with employment, to increase financial stability and growth for military families, and spouse Career Support to help them maintain those careers over their many moves.
  • Military spouse unemployment remains three times higher than the civilian population and those who are employed earn 38% less than their civilian counterparts. Moving and operational tempos have dramatic effects on the ability of military spouses to contribute financially to the wellbeing of their families. Programs to reduce these negative effects must remain robust.
  • Increase educational support for military spouses. MyCAA was a great success when it was available to all ranks. Now that usage is limited by rank and program, it is underutilized. It should be reopened to maximize the reach of the assistance it was meant to provide.
  • Increase educational and employment support for spouse of the USCG, NOAA and the USPHS. Continually, we find that these spouses in these services face the same employment and educational challenges as spouses of members of the Armed Forces, but do not have access to similar programs because they are not funded through the Department of Defense.
  • Federal military spouse employment preferences and hiring authorities are not increasing the employment of military spouses. Since 2011, the Office of Personnel Management shows a .01% increase in employment via Executive Order 13473. The process for gaining access to federal employment through these mechanisms works as a filter instead of a portal because no one can explain how to use them. Transparency and access must be increased to become meaningful.
  • Knowledge of the Priority Placement Program for military spouses in positions within the Department of Defense is not widespread. Priority must be given to training installation support providers to maximize the usage and effectiveness of this program.
  • We need Congressional tax relief for military spouses burdened with multiple fees and costs for new state licensures and certifications necessary to continue their careers after PCS.
  • Transition services must be made available and accessible for military spouses. Each of the services transition programs should provide information that aids the transition of the whole military family, including space and information that relates to the entire family, including nonmilitary spouse employment.

Legislation + Testimony

H.R. 3684, the Preserving Teacher Loan Forgiveness for Military Spouses Act considers the mobile life of military spouses and would allow a military spouse teacher to continue in the teacher loan forgiveness program even if the spouse needs to relocate due to a government ordered move.

H.R. 1620/S.759 Military Spouse Job Continuity Act – provides a $500 tax credit to military spouses for expenses incurred for licensure and credentialing related to PCS. We hope to get this reintroduced in the 114th Congress in 2015.

Info + Resources

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