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Public Law 107-107, "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002," §571, "Improved Financial and Other Assistance to Military Spouses for Job Training and Education," 28 December 2001 This legislation directs DoD to examine the current military spouse employment assistance programs and to evaluate whether direct financial assistance to military spouses for employment training would be beneficial for retention of military service members. It also directs DoD to review current military spouse employment policies and states that DoD shall seek partnerships with other federal agencies, private sector employers, and defense contractors to seek ways to incorporate hiring preferences for qualified spouses of members of the armed forces.

Title 10 United States Code (USC) §1056, "Relocation Assistance Programs," 3 January 2012 This legislation directs the Secretaries of the military departments to provide relocation information, preparation, and acclimation services to military service members and their families receiving permanent change of station (PCS) orders. It further states that the relocation services will be provided with an emphasis on information regarding spouse employment opportunities.

Title 10 USC §1144, "Employment Assistance, Job Training Assistance, and Other Transitional Services," 3 January 2012 This legislation directs the Secretary of Labor, in conjunction with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Transportation, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to establish and maintain a program to furnish counseling, assist in identifying employment, and to provide training opportunities; help in obtaining such employment and training; and to provide other related information and services to members of the armed forces who are being separated from active duty and the spouses of such members.

Title 10 USC §1784, "Employment Opportunities for Military Spouses," 3 January 2012 This legislation authorizes the Secretary of Defense to provide employment opportunities for military spouses in the same geographic area as their sponsors' permanent duty station (Military Spouse Preference Program).


MySECO Logo All month long, we will be featuring education and employment resources focused on military spouse caregivers. Balancing school or work with caregiving responsibilities can be challenging. If you, or a military spouse you know, are caregivers balancing work and life, please check out the links featured on our resource calendar.

MSEP Logo The MSEP Career Portal will be unavailable due to site maintenance beginning 9:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, July, 31, 2014 and ending at 9:00 a.m. EDT Friday, August 1, 2014. Eligible military spouses requiring immediate career or education services may contact a certified SECO Career Counselor Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. EDT and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT at 800-342-9647. In addition, SECO resources are also available online at, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Woman using a laptop computer The Military Spouse eMentor Program has created a dynamic information-sharing, learning and support community for military spouses everywhere. This online program provides personalized job search and career guidance, advice, support and inspiration.


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