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Military Spouse Preference is Coming!

August 13, 2009

No, milspouses aren’t suddenly getting a say in anything, though that would certainly be nice. Rather, military spouses will be able to receive hiring preference for federal jobs.

We all know how difficult it is to find a job after each PCS, especially when our resumes look more like that of a vagabond than a stable professional. Fortunately, anywhere we go, we’re likely to be in the presence of job opportunities for government jobs, specifically GS positions.

According to an article at Washington Post:

“This family-friendly policy provides employment opportunities from individuals and a measure of economic stability to military families who must deal with a multitude of issues arising from one spouse serving their country,” OPM Director John Berry said in a statement.

Alas, the preference is an optional program, and not all federal agencies will allow milspouses to request a bypass of the standard hiring process. But the motivation to bring this option into federal hiring is spot on:

“There is a desire out there, and we know that if we can meet the spouses’ desires and keep them happy, then we’ll keep them in the service,” said Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Les Melnyk. Not every spouse wants or needs a job, he said, but noted that military surveys suggest that 70 percent want to work.

Melnyk also points out that the spouse’s employment “fill[s] the gap” in finances for many military families, and the ability for spouses to find solid employment with decent pay has a large hand in keeping morale from dragging.

This excellent policy was introduced last year by President Bush, but President Obama’s administration has instantiated a review process of all regulations from the Bush administration that had not yet cleared before Obama’s inauguration. It will take effect next month according to the Washington Post article.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2009 8:20 pm

    finally!!!

  2. Air Force Spouse permalink
    December 29, 2009 4:13 pm

    This does us no good. My husband transferred to another base in September. I am highly qualified have three degrees and a lot of experience but I still can’t get hired because I am not as important that a Veteran that retires and has not as much skill. Until that changes we are all out of luck. I am not saying our Veterans don’t deserve to get a job after they are out… I am saying that we are displaces as well and the military wonders why so many families go to pay day loan offices (which are illegal now for military and their families to go to) why they have such high debt. and why families file bankruptcies. It’s because we are dedicated to making a little bit of normalcy out of the everyday grind. We relocate we should get preference and help.

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