Spouse Education + Employment

Military spouses tell us they want to pursue their education and obtain professional career opportunities that are compatible with the military lifestyle. Frequent moves, a larger portion of family responsibilities particularly due to their service members’ deployments, and the unpredictable schedule of the service members’ mission can cause interruptions in the education and career of a military spouse. Specific state licensing requirements and industry tenure restrict employment opportunities for military spouses.

Our Association supports:

  • Collaborative work between the three Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunity (SECO) program components to include the Military Spouse Career Center at Military OneSource, Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), and My Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Program
  • The reinstatement of the MyCAA program to include all military spouses regardless of the service member’s rank
  • The extension of the MyCAA program to spouses of the Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of NOAA, and the U.S. Public Health Service
  • Expansion of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for employers who hire military spouses
  • A tax credit to military spouses to offset the cost of obtaining a new license or credential when the service member is relocated to a new duty station
  • Reciprocity of professional licenses or alternative license arrangements across state lines