Military Spouse Employment Partnership Launches June 29

Robert Gordon, assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, advises the military community on financial health.

By Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy)

Mark your calendars!

On June 29, we will launch the Military Spouse Employment Partnership – MSEP.  Through MSEP, America’s employers will have direct access to a diverse and talented workforce, and military spouses can connect with meaningful, long-term employment opportunities.

The “Joining Forces:  Launching the Military Spouse Employment Partnership” ceremony marking the formal launch of the program will take place at the Chamber of Commerce, in Washington D.C.  The event will feature speakers including Mrs. Deborah Mullen, wife of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a powerful advocate for the employment of military spouses; Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness; and Thomas J. Donohue, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

At the launch ceremony, 15 new corporate partners will join 57 existing partners.  That’s 72 companies committed to hiring our military spouses, and that’s only the beginning!

Fortune 500 “PLUS” companies, which include businesses large and small, government agencies, and organizations across America, are partnering with the military services to create career opportunities for military spouses that move with them. The partnership is available to spouses in all the military services, including the Coast Guard.

Over the past few months, you’ve told us that career advancement and steady employment are extremely important to you. That portable, flexible career options are crucial in your ability to provide continued support to your family and your service member as you transition from one duty assignment to the next. Lastly, your talents and skills deserve recognition in all career fields.

What else do we need to know about your career goals?  What do we need to tell employers of military spouses?  Join our discussion and share your thoughts.

We’ll continue to work hard to ensure you have the quality of life and opportunities you deserve.  I’m honored to be a part of this event.  Thank you and take care.

The event will be broadcast online here.

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5 Responses to Military Spouse Employment Partnership Launches June 29

  1. Paul says:

    Can we get an update on the status of the Military Spouse Intern Program? It would be nice to know if there is anyone using the program to hire military spouses, How many spouses have been hired through the program, how to locate job announcements for these positions and if the program will continue. We have tried to use this program but no one in DC knows about it.

  2. Diane V. says:

    I have attended two virtual careers fairs for military spouses/veterans and searched everywhere imaginable for professional level careers that may be fulfilled primarily from home with some travel. I haven’t been able to find anything! I’ve been looking for 2 years and in the mean time biding my time with a local company until we have to PCS again. It would be very helpful if there was a special focus on telecommuting so that when we do need to relocate because of a spouses PCS we don’t have to lose our jobs. My job now could be done entirely from an offsite location but my company won’t allow any telecommuting. It’s silly. I think there is a huge opportunity here and an eager workforce too.

  3. CLM says:

    I think ensuring education while stationed overseas is important. For those of us in medical fields education (interships) and beyond bachelor’s are almost impossible to do here! I can’t get a job because I got stationed here immediately after graduating and I can’t get more education while waiting to PCS because of being in the nursing field with no where to do clinical courses. Please, help us out. And, thanks for making the above changes and for all the support you provide! 

  4. MajorWife says:

    Looking forward to seeing the opportunities- and not the typical administrative positions. There is true talent with skills, experience and education.

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