• States Move to Ease Transition for Military Spouses

    States Move to Ease Transition for Military Spouses0

    All 50 states have taken action to ease the requirements for military spouses to gain professional licenses or credentials needed to continue their careers after moving, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, announced on Saturday. The achievement comes five years after the first lady and Biden urged the nation’s governors to streamline state licensing requirements for the military community as part of the Joining Forces initiative the two launched. At the time, just three states accepted licenses from other states, according to a White House fact sheet. By 2012, nearly half of all states had begun to address the barriers facing military spouses seeking employment …

  • DOD Overhauls Program to Aid Spouse Transition0

    The Defense Department’s overhauled transition program for military spouses will be available beginning this fall, according to a senior official. The program, which will be available for in-person training and online, focuses on three life stages — new spouses, spouses with mid-career service members and those already in transition, Eddy Mentzer, associate director of DOD’s office of military and family policy, told Military.com. The changes primarily reflect how the information will be delivered to spouses rather than new content. The component geared to new spouses will be rolled out first to give families a head start entering the civilian world …

  • 300 Employers Now Partner with DOD’s Military Spouse Initiative

    300 Employers Now Partner with DOD’s Military Spouse Initiative0

    DOD’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership program has now partnered with more than 300 employers, officials from the DOD Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Office said this week. To date, partnership companies and organizations have hired more than 90,000 military spouses, according to a press release. The program, launched in June 2011 by Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, connects military spouses to partner organizations and companies who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. The initiative is intended to reduce the significant unemployment rate and wage gap experienced by military spouses …

  • Spouse Employment Ranks High among Military Families’ Concerns0

    Concerns about military pay and benefits, along with changes in the retirement system, ranked as the top two issues cited by service members, military spouses and veterans in a wide-ranging survey conducted by Blue Star Families. Military spouses and active-duty members also cited spouse employment as one of their top five lifestyle concerns, reported Government Executive. Military spouses frequently experience challenges finding jobs, primarily due to a lack of child care, frequent moves or employer bias. “Within open-ended responses, many spouses described encounters with potential employers who reportedly held preconceived notions that military spouse job seekers lacked adequate education, skills or experience, or who were concerned that frequent moves would ultimately mean short periods of employment …

  • 100,000 Jobs Mission Reaches for Hire Goal0

    Companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission hired almost 141,000 U.S. military veterans through the first quarter of 2014, putting the coalition of 154 companies on a trajectory to surpass its new goal of hiring 200,000 veterans by 2020. At an event last week, Peter Chiarelli, former vice chief of staff of the Army, applauded the initiative for de-mystifying the impact of post-traumatic stress and recognizing there is no reason veterans affected by the condition cannot work …

  • DOD Spouse Employment Initiative Surpasses Hiring Goal0

    A Pentagon program has connected more than 60,000 military spouses with jobs, exceeding the White House’s 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,” said Meg O’Grady, a senior program analyst in DOD’s office of family policy and children and youth …