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.