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Posts Tagged ‘military spouses’

OPM Proposes Relaxing Restriction for Military Spouses to Gain Federal Tenure

  • January 15, 2014
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Breaks in federal service would not disqualify employees, including military spouses, from attaining career tenure in the government, under a recent proposal from the Office of Personnel Management. The proposed rule, published last week, would eliminate the existing requirement that federal employees work three years in “substantially continuous” service to qualify for tenure, which provides job security along with other benefits …

DOD Spouse Employment Initiative Adds New Partners

  • November 6, 2013
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Sixty new companies joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) in a Pentagon ceremony Tuesday, demonstrating corporate America’s commitment to military families. “Thanks to MSEP’s efforts, these companies now understand and are hiring from the most savvy, caring, dependable, well-educated group of people you can — a military spouse,” said Betty Welsh, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh. Welsh said “the game has changed” in recent years in terms of credentialing, training and promotion opportunities for spouses, reported American Forces Press Service. “Behind every great airman, soldier, sailor, Marine and Coast Guardsman is a spouse and a family that serves too, and they bring value to our workplace and to our nation,” she said.

Study: Military Family Support Programs Flawed

  • October 28, 2013
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Many of DOD’s support programs for military families have never been evaluated for efficiency or effectiveness, according to a new article from The Future of Children, a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution…

Survey Launched to Help Address Causes of Spouse Unemployment

  • September 23, 2013
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In an effort to better understand the factors making it difficult for military spouses to find jobs, the Military Officers Association of America and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) last week launched a military spouse employment survey. The study will focus on the employment pattern of all military spouses — including National Guard and Reserve, veteran and surviving spouses — especially related to their long-term career trajectories …

Network Extends Reach of Military Spouse Career Programs

  • September 8, 2013
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The Spouse Ambassador Network, DOD’s newest initiative to support the employment of military spouses, will expand available opportunities for spouses by combining the efforts of an array of military support organizations and 200 partnering companies, according to a defense official. The ambassador program, “a network of networks,” will prepare military spouses for careers through the efforts of organization such as the Military Officers Association of America, the National Military Family Association, Blue Star Families and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce …

Spouse Employment Reaches Hiring Milestone Two Years Early

  • August 5, 2013
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The challenge to employers to hire 50,000 military spouses led by the White House and Defense Department reached its goal more than two years early last week, Jessica Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told members of DOD’s Military Family Readiness Council on Monday. The effort was promoted through the Military Spouse Employment Partnership — part of DOD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program — a group of more than 180 employers that pledged to recruit military spouses …

New Alabama Law Allows Communities to Better Support Installations

  • July 1, 2013
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Cities and counties in Alabama will be able to provide buildings and other facilities to neighboring military installations, under a new law taking effect Monday. Gov. Robert Bentley (R) said the law, sponsored by state Sen. Arthur Orr (R), is intended to make the state more attractive for military expansion in a future BRAC round, reported the Gadsden Times. “Anything we can do to strengthen our position in Alabama, we are going to do,” the governor said …

Military-Friendly Policies Advance in South Carolina Legislature

  • May 13, 2013
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Three measures intended to improve quality of life for service members, their families and veterans appear headed for passage in the South Carolina Legislature, the latest effort by Palmetto State lawmakers to support the military. The state has paid close attention to a list of 10 military-friendly policies the Pentagon is encouraging states to adopt. The policies cover issues such as the portability of professional licenses for military spouses, easing the way for personnel to receive licensing and academic credit for military training and experience, and increasing access to child care …

Hiring of Veterans, Military Spouses Far Exceeds Initiative’s Original Goals

  • April 30, 2013
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U.S. employers have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses since the Joining Forces initiative was created two years ago, nearly tripling the program’s original goal, First Lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday. Businesses now are pledging to hire or train an additional 435,000 individuals over the next five years, Obama said. “We know that today is not the finish line …

Bipartisan Bill Would Aid Military Spouses after a Transfer

  • April 22, 2013
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to help military spouses more easily re-enter the workforce by offering a tax credit to offset the cost of renewing or transferring a professional license after they move to a new state. “When a military family is asked to move as part of their service to our country, the government should be doing everything possible to make that transition seamless,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.). “This tax credit would reduce one of the burdens military families face when they move …

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