Military Spouse Employment Resources

MOAAA recent survey conducted by the Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University revealed that 90% of military spouses are underemployed, meaning that they are more educated or more experienced (or both!) than their current position requires. 45% of respondents reported difficulty in finding work that matched their skill or education level or their schedules. While these numbers are discouraging, there are many resources available to help military spouses find meaningful employment, including the ones listed below.

Career One Stop
Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals.
www.careeronestop.org/

Military Spouses’ Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)
MSCCN is a non-profit organization that offers no-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses and caregivers to war wounded heroes.
www.msccn.org

Military Spouse Employment Partnership
MSEP is a targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies that connects military spouses with employers seeking the essential 21st century workforce skills and attributes they possess.
https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil

USA Jobs
USAJOBS is the U.S. Government’s official system/program for Federal jobs and employment information.
www.usajobs.gov

The Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) provides workshops to help spouses plan a career, launch a job search, write the resume, learn interview techniques, find information on federal employment, conduct self-assessments, set goals and even take vocational tests. FERP also offers computer tutorial programs to help spouses build technical skills. Learn more about FERP at www.ffsp.navy.mil.

Many Reasons to Join Us At COMPASS

If you haven’t attended a COMPASS session, maybe this feedback from participants in Charleston will help convince you to register.

Participants were asked what was their favorite thing about COMPASS:

  • Meeting military spouses both new and old. It was informative without being overwhelming.
  • The binder! Being able to have an organized method of info.
  • Meeting other wives
  • Love the friends(meeting other spouses), food, and Chaplain talk. COMPASS was amazing!
  • I loved the maturity, organization, and lack of rank/rate for the women…it makes everyone feel equal
  • bonding with new, knowledgeable friends over good food
  • Childcare
  • New people and the Chaplain
  • The volunteers, in other words…everyone. You welcomed us like family and were always friendly, thank you.

Participants were also asked about two things they learned:

  • One of the things that had me so worried was deployment. Just hearing about it sent chills down my spine. Coming to Compass it has cleared so many of my fears and answered my questions. Thank you so much!
  • Things to do in the area and how to communicate better with everyone
  • Resources available to military families- FFSC and NMCRS
  • Emotional aspects of deployments are normal and I am really not alone and DLA
  • Moving requires a good sense of humor and deployments
  • there are many factors to consider when you move and hassles that come with housing, environments, parking and financially. Deployments can be really rough.
  • there are a lot of resources available for spouses and places to visit in Charleston
  • Checklists can be my best friend regarding deployments and moving. Healthy communication is key to maintaining sanity and healthy relationships.
  • How to PCS and remain calm and what to expect on deployment.

To learn more about COMPASS or to register for a class in your area, visit www.gocompass.org.

Meet COMPASS Team Guam

COMPASS Team Guam

The COMPASS program has been reestablished on the island of Guam thanks to the hard work and dedication of Rosemary Ellis, the COMPASS Program Director, Antonia Wilbur, the Team Leader, and the 22 newly trained Mentors. Navy spouses, new and seasoned, are invited to attend the team’s first COMPASS session scheduled for March 25 - 27th. To register, visit www.gocompass.org/guam.html.

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

Today marks the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service. It’s on this day that Americans across the country honor Dr. King’s legacy by reaching out to serve others in their communities.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” At FamilyLine, we rely on volunteers to mentor spouses attending Spouse Leadership Courses in Newport, Rhode Island and COMPASS classes around the world. Volunteers donate their time and talents to conduct spouse seminars, compile workshop materials, edit publications, and much more. Today we would like to thank them for their dedication and support of the FamilyLine mission to empower sea service families and encourage everyone in our military family to reach out to others in our community. To find a service project in your area, visit www.mlkday.gov.

It’s CPO Test Day!

CPO Test Day

Happy Holidays, NDW!

Our FamilyLine volunteers were honored to participate in the 2013 Naval District Washington Holiday Season Greeting. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

New Year’s Resolution: Focus on Education

If your resolution for 2014 is to focus on your education, you should know there are a ton of resources out there to help you achieve your goals.

National Military Family Association Scholarship
The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful employment and to better contribute to their family’s financial security.
www.militaryfamily.org

Anchor Scholarship Foundation
For dependants of qualified surface Navy members.
www.anchorscholarship.com

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Apply for federal and state financial aid.
www.fafsa.ed.gov

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society
A variety of scholarships and education assistance is available to active duty service members and their dependents.
www.nmcrs.org/pages/education-loans-and-scholarships

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOCNAV)
Degree programs for Navy Sailors and their spouses.
www.soc.aascu.org/socnav

You can find more information about Education and Scholarships on our Resources page.

New Year’s Resolution: Learn More About Navy Life

Traci, our COMPASS Admin, has been working hard to prepare materials for classes in 2014.

As you contemplate resolutions for 2014, consider joining us at COMPASS to learn more about the Navy lifestyle. Whether you are new to the Navy or a seasoned spouse, there is something for everyone at COMPASS.

New spouses benefit from information and resources provided about moving, finances, deployment, benefits, and more. COMPASS allows new spouses to ask questions in a safe environment, free of judgement and rank. More importantly, COMPASS provides new spouses with a peer network for support and friendship as they begin their Navy journey.

COMPASS is like a refresher for seasoned spouses who are more familiar with the challenges of Navy life but would like to keep up-to-date on changes to policies and programs. Seasoned spouses also have the opportunity to pass along their experiences to new spouses eager to learn. We have all wished there was SOMETHING someone had told us early on in our Navy journey - COMPASS allows us to share those things with other spouses.

January session dates have already been posted. To attend a class in your area, visit www.gocompass.org/ to register.

We are also excited to offer spouses in Great Lakes, Annapolis, and Newport an introduction to COMPASS called “Setting Sail.” This is a three-hour class designed to accommodate fiances and spouses of Sailors attending schools in these areas. Register now!

The Season of Giving

Naval Services FamilyLine is proud to be participating in #GivingTuesday, a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners - charities, families, businesses and individuals - to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

We hope on this #GivingTuesday you feel inspired to take collaborative action to improve your local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes you celebrate and help create a better world.

Consider designating your CFC Pledge to Naval Services FamilyLine - CFC # 71112. Or, visit our donation page to send a donation by PayPal or snail mail.

Military Family Appreciation Month

Each year the President of the United States recognizes the many sacrifices made by our military families by officially proclaiming November to be “Military Family Appreciation Month.”

Military families exemplify the courage and resolve that define our national character. For their country and their loved ones, they rise to the challenges of multiple deployments and frequent moves—spouses who care and provide for children in their partners’ absence, kids who make new friends and leave known comforts behind. They are the force behind the force, patriots who support their family members in uniform while enriching the communities they call home.

Businesses and organizations around the country use this proclamation as an opportunity to honor our military families with much appreciated discounts and special events. As a community, we also have an opportunity to celebrate each other for our strength, resiliency, and commitment to our country, service members, and fellow spouses. No one knows more than a fellow spouse how difficult - and how amazing - this life can be. Take this opportunity to share your experiences and knowledge with others. Volunteer with a spouse club or organization or join us at COMPASS!

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