Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Department of Defense Service Regulations and Orders

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. Below are service-specific policies that govern the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program in the military.

Army

Army Regulation 215-3, “Nonappropriated Funds Personnel Policy,” 16 September 2015 This regulation provides uniform policies governing personnel management and administration for nonappropriated fund instrumentalities’ employees of the Army. Paragraph 2-11 specifically addresses the rules and restrictions associated with the Spouse Employment Program for nonappropriated fund positions.

Army Regulation 608-1, “Army Community Service,” 19 October 2017 Chapter 4, Section IV, “Employment Readiness,” provides policies for Army spouse employment assistance including services that must be made available to spouses.

Marine Corps

SECNAVINST 1754.1B, “Department of the Navy Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Program,” 5 November 2007 This instruction provides policy and assigns responsibilities for the implementation of Navy and Marine Corps family support programs and key functions and ensures that employment assistance for family members is delivered by the family support program units.

MCO P12000.11A, “Marine Corps Nonappropriated Fund Personnel Policy Manual,” 27 December 2011 This order provides detailed personnel administrative procedures and provides the primary reference for the overall administration and utilization of employees of Marine Corps NAFIs. Paragraph 2106 of the order specifically addresses military spouse preference for employment in Marine Corps NAFIs.

Navy

OPNAVINST 1754.1B, “Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Program,” 5 November 2007 This instruction provides policy and assigns responsibilities for the implementation of Navy and Marine Corps family support programs and key functions and ensures that employment assistance for family members is delivered by the family support program units.

SECNAVINST 1754.6A, “Relocation Assistance Program for Department of the Navy Personnel,” 8 November 2005 This instruction provides policy for the Department of the Navy Relocation Assistance Program. Information concerning spouse employment opportunities is a required component of the predeparture information provided by the Relocation Assistance Program.

Air Force

Air Force Manual 36-203, “Staffing Civilian Positions,” 30 July 2019 Chapter 4 of this manual implements DoD Instruction 1404.12 and provides Air Force policy and procedures for military spouse preference employment in appropriated fund positions.

Coast Guard

Commandant Instruction 1900.2A, “Transition Assistance Program,” 17 April 2003 This instruction provides policy and procedures for the Transition Assistance Program in the Coast Guard, including employment assistance for separating personnel.

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Department of Defense Policies

These resources include DoD directives, instructions and guidance for spouse employment issues.

DoD Directive 1332.35, “Transition Assistance for Military Personnel,” 26 September 2019 This directive authorizes the branches of service to prepare separating service members and their families with the skills, tools and self-confidence necessary to ensure successful re-entry into the civilian workforce. Required transition services include employment assistance for both separating service members and their spouses.

DoD Directive 1342.22, “Military Family Readiness,” April 11, 2017 This directive establishes policies, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures on family policy for DoD personnel. The extent and exact nature of the system of family programs and services is based on installation-specific requirements and needs. The directive specifically cites “private and public sector employment assistance” when listing programs and services included in the family support system.

DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 1800, “DoD Civilian Personnel Management System: DoD Priority Placement Program,” 6 April 2009 This manual implements policy, delegates authority and assigns specific overall responsibilities for the DoD Priority Placement Program for civilian employees.

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Department of Defense Legislation

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. Below are excerpts from federal laws that govern the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program in the military.

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 the DoD to examine the current military spouse employment assistance programs and evaluate whether direct financial assistance to military spouses for employment training would be beneficial for the retention of military service members. It also directs the DoD to review current military spouse employment policies and states that the 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 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 secretaries of defense, transportation and Veterans Affairs, to establish and maintain a program to furnish counseling, assist in identifying employment, provide training opportunities and 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).

Moving Legislation

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. Below are excerpts from federal laws that govern moving and housing in the military.

Title 10 United States Code (USC) §1056, “Relocation Assistance Programs,” January 15, 2013 — This law requires the secretary of defense to establish relocation assistance programs within the service branches and defense agencies. It requires the secretary of defense to establish a director of relocation assistance programs and to issue regulations to govern and guide the implementation of those programs within the family support functions of each service. The law requires implementation of an integrated, automated information system to provide data on military communities worldwide. Program services are also required to address relocation-related issues, such as spouse employment, child care, financial stability, real estate assistance, sponsorship and personal adjustment to a new community.

Title 10 USC §1785, “Youth Sponsorship Programs,” August 11, 2014 — This law establishes authority for the Youth Sponsorship Program for military children, designed to assist them in integrating into their new communities when they move as a result of permanent change of station. Programs should focus particularly on preteen and teen populations, which seem to have the hardest time making social and emotional adjustments to relocation.

Title 10 USC § 2871-2885, “Alternative Authorities for Acquisition and Improvement of Military Housing,” August 11, 2014 — This law requires DoD and the services to conduct the Military Housing Privatization Initiative.

Moving Department of Defense Policies

These resources include Department of Defense directives, instructions and guidance on relocation and housing services.

DoD Instruction 1342.22, “Military Family Readiness,” July 3, 2012 — This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities and establishes procedures for the provision of military family readiness services, which is comprised of multiple access points, including installation-based Military and Family Support Centers.

DoD Instruction 1315.18, “Procedures for Military Personnel Assignments,” January 12, 2005 — This instruction outlines the policies and procedures for permanent change of station moves.

DoD Instruction 1100.16, “Equal Opportunity in Off-Base Housing,” 14 August 1989 — This instruction provides policy governing equal treatment for all DoD personnel. Specifically, it provides guidance for off-base housing and enforcement of fair housing practices as required by federal law.

DoD Instruction 4165.63, “DoD Housing,” 21 July 2008 — This instruction provides broad guidance for military housing requirements

DoD 4165.63-Manual, “DoD Housing Management,” 28 October 2010 — This manual contains guidance, procedures and responsibilities on all matters associated with family housing, unaccompanied personnel housing and temporary lodging facilities.

Money Management Service Regulations and Orders

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are service-specific policies that govern financial management education and counseling programs in the military.

Army

Army Regulation (AR) 600-4, “Remission or Cancellation of Indebtedness,” April 29, 2009 This Regulation outlines the policies and guidance for the remission or cancellation of indebtedness of Army Soldiers to the United States Army.

AR 608-1, “Army Community Service Center,” September 19, 2007 This Regulation provides service delivery standards for the Army Community Services Center (ACS).

AR 930-4, “Army Emergency Relief,” May 5, 2019 This Regulation prescribes the requirements, procedures, and responsibilities for administering, operating, and approving Army Emergency Relief (AER) assistance. AR 930-4 describes the types of assistance available from AER as well as eligibility requirements Soldiers must meet to receive emergency assistance.

Marine Corps

MCO P1700.27B, “Marine Corps Community Services Policy Manual,” November 6, 2012 This Order issues policies governing the management, operations, and administration of Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) programs. Chapter 4 of this Order provides detail on programs and services contained within Marine and Family Services (MFS) including personal financial management.

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 1740.5D, “United States Navy Personal Financial Management Program,” October 24, 2017 This Instruction implements a comprehensive personal financial management education, training, and counseling program that emphasizes a proactive, career lifecycle approach to service members’ personal financial responsibility and accountability. It also provides basic principles and practices of sound money management, counseling tools, and referral services.

Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 1740.4A, “Department of the Navy Personal Financial Management (PFM) Education, Training, and Counseling Program,” April 23, 2019 This Instruction establishes Department of the Navy policy and assigns responsibilities for the implementation of PFM education, training, and counseling programs.

Navy

Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Instruction 1740.5D, “United States Navy Personal Financial Management Program,” October 24, 2017 This Instruction implements a comprehensive personal financial management education, training, and counseling program that emphasizes a proactive, career lifecycle approach to service members’ personal financial responsibility and accountability. It also provides basic principles and practices of sound money management, counseling tools, and referral services.

OPNAVINST 1754.1B, “Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Program,” November 5, 2007 This Instruction establishes Navy policy and procedures for the administration and support of FFSC programs including the personal financial management program.

Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 1740.4A, “Department of the Navy Personal Financial Management (PFM) Education, Training, and Counseling Program,” April 23, 2019 This Instruction establishes Department of the Navy policy and assigns responsibilities for the implementation of PFM education, training, and counseling programs.

SECNAVINST 1754.1B, “Department of the Navy Family Support Programs,” September 27, 2005 This Instruction revises Department of the Navy policy and assigns responsibilities for the implementation of the Navy and Marine Corps Family Support Programs and key functions. Personal financial management is identified as a DoD-directed Core Program.

Air Force

Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2906, “Personal Financial Responsibility,” July 30, 2018 This Instruction establishes administration and management guidelines for alleged delinquent financial obligations and processing claims.

AFI 36-3009, “Airman and Family Readiness Centers,” May 10, 2019, certified current as of March 4, 2010 This Instruction provides the authority and criteria for the establishment of the Airman and Family Readiness Centers including personal financial readiness services.

Money Management Legislation

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are the excerpts from federal law that govern financial management counseling in the military.

Public Law 108-189, “Service Members Civil Relief Act,” December 19, 2003 This Public Law restates, clarifies, and revises the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940.

Title 10, United States Code (USC) §1056, “Relocation Assistance Programs,” January 3, 2012 This legislation directs the services to provide relocation assistance to members of the armed forces including the provision of counseling about financial management.

Confidential Help Legislation

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are the excerpts from federal law that govern non-medical counseling programs in the military.

Non-medical Counseling

Public Law 109-163, “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006,” January 6, 2006 This law has three different sections that pertain to the military and mental heath care. Section 721 requires the Secretary of Defense to create a program to raise awareness of mental health warning signs and the services available to address potential mental health issues. Section 722 gives authorization to initiate pilot programs for the early diagnosis and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental conditions. Section 723 authorizes the Secretary of Defense to create a task force to evaluate current mental health conditions and treatment options within the military with the goal of improving current services.

Public Law 109-364, “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007,” October 17, 2006 Section 738 of this law requires the Secretary of Defense to outline minimum mental health criteria that would allow a service member to be deployed. Section 741 gives authorization to initiate pilot programs for the early diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and other mental conditions. It also calls for the evaluation of current services addressing PTSD, outreach to military members living more than forty miles from a military treatment facility, and outreach services to family members of those with PTSD and other mental conditions.

Children, Youth and Teens Service Regulations and Orders

Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below links indicate where service-specific policies that govern children and youth programs in the military can be found.

Army

Army Publishing Directorate This site contains up-to-date information on Army policies and regulations, including those pertaining to children, youth and families in the military.

Marine Corps

Marine Corps Publications Electronic Library This library provides access to all publications relevant to Children, Youth and Teen programs, Family Care plans and the Family Advocacy Program.

Navy

Department of the Navy Issuances This site provides a digital collection of unclassified issuances released by both the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations.

Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Instructions This site compiles a complete and up-to-date list of Bureau of Medicine and Surgery instructions.

Air Force

Air Force e-Publishing Index This database provides access to all instructions, policies and procedures for members of the Air Force and their families.

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Regulations and Codes This site includes information and resources on the regulations and codes that govern the U.S. Coast Guard.

National Guard

National Guard Bureau Electronic Library This library makes National Guard Bureau publications and blank forms, as well as bulletins and letterheads, available in electronic format.