DOD Spouse Employment Initiative Surpasses Hiring Goal

A Pentagon program has connected more than 60,000 military spouses with jobs, exceeding the White House’s initial goal for the initiative and overcoming many of the challenges to hiring military spouses.

“Eighty-five percent of military spouses actually have some college, 25 percent of them have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 10 percent have an advanced degree,” Meg O’Grady, a senior program analyst in DOD’s office of family policy and children and youth, told American Forces Press Service.

The problem, she said, is that it often is difficult for large employers who want to hire military spouses to find them.

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is designed to help military spouses reach their career goals, a challenge for people married to active duty service members because of frequent relocations and other obligations that fall to military spouses.

The difficulty spouses experience in finding employment can affect the well-being of defense communities, according to DOD officials, and harm readiness and retention. Combatting that pattern is one reason the department has been reaching out to corporations, small businesses and organizations to expand the network of potential spousal employers.

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