April 23, 2023

The New Military Spouse Employment Program

As a military spouse, I know the difficulties of trying to find gainful employment, or rather a career. It is quite refreshing to see the Department of Defense assisting military spouses and linking corporate jobs and federal agencies to military spouse employment.

On June 29, 2011, the Military Spouse Employment Partnership was launched at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.  The Military Spouse Employment Partnership program is an expansion of the Army Spouse Employment Partnership program and is focused on helping military spouses from all branches of the military attain financial security and achieve educational and employment goals.

This portal, which is located at OurMilitary.mil, is designed to connect military spouses to careers by creating a gateway for military spouses and corporate and nonprofit organizations to interact. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership has been the latest development in an effort backed by President Barack Obama’s administration to do more to help military families. It is quite easy for military spouses to search for jobs on this new site, which hosts a database drawn from the partnering employers. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is a great vehicle for providing more publicity for those services - such as Military OneSource - that can point you to resources to help you edit your resume and tailor it to a specific job. Many spouses don’t even know that such resources are available.

I have seen a lot of military spouses over the years who meet or exceed the qualifications, but they still just can’t seem to get their foot in the door.  Military spouses have wonderful attributes like dependability, maturity, flexibility, and resilience. They also have awesome leadership skills and the ability to work well under pressure, which we have all learned through deployments, trainings and separations.

I am really excited about this program and I plan on using it to brush up my resume and hopefully find a career in which I can make a difference. I personally think that this is the first time that the professional lives and careers of military spouses have truly been recognized, and it will make our lives much better.


  1. Cynthia says:

    I went to the website because I thought it sounded like a great opportunity, but was sad to discover it has not been updated (at least in my area) since the sight was established. Also the search mechanism leaves much to be desired.

  2. Don’t buy into the hype… we were relocated to Heidelberg, Germany. I arrived on LWOP and remained on LWOP for over a year, while the government hired civilians from the stateside with NO experience, provided their entire family tickets, money for their children to attend school, housing and utilities; to include military benefits through medical, commissary and exchange services.

    Today I was told it’s about who you know and how much @$$ you kiss… I’m exhausted of hearing about the budget issues, especially when our government continue to allow civilians to be hired into overseas positions (they get round trip tickets each year from themselves and family members to visit family in US, paid days off to take care of bills, job security OVER military spouses, paid housing, utilities, and extra time off to vacation). Where’s the justification in the wasteful spending; especially knowing local hired spouses with accompanied orders cost less to employee and/or train??

    The federal government suppress military spouses….

  3. Joyce kinyanjui says:

    I recently came to the country about 2 months ago to reunite with my husband who is in the Air force.Am
    seeking a job ,it doesn’t matter anything goes ,here in st louis .please help thanks

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