Education & Employment
Whether you are a service member thinking about a college degree, a military spouse wanting to connect with a network of military-friendly employers or a parent hoping for a smooth school transition for your child, Military OneSource offers practical information and resources for pursuing education goals and achieving career aspirations. Take the next steps to make your education and career ambitions come true.
A New School for Your Child: Here’s What You Should Know
For your kids, moving to a new duty station means changing schools. Here’s what you and your children need to know about making the transition a smooth one.
Coping with Standardized Testing Systems When You Change Schools
Whether it's your first move or your fifth, even the most organized military parents need help navigating a new school district's standardized testing system. While the federal No Child Left Behind Act requires every school district to test students in reading and math, every state has developed its own testing system. Here’s what you need to know before your child switches schools.
How to Transfer Your Post-911 GI Bill Education Benefits to Family Members
The Post-9/11 GI Bill gives generous education benefits to service members, and as an extra perk, you may share these benefits with your family. However, starting July 12, 2019, a recent change limits transfer of the benefit to service members with between 6 and 16 years of service. There used to be no upper limit on when you could transfer the benefit.
SECO and MSEP 101: Made for Military Spouse Employment
If you're a military spouse looking for employment, meet two programs made exclusively for you — to get you career-ready and find a great job.
Need Money for Higher Education?
Don’t think you can afford college? Think again. In addition to military tuition assistance and Department of Veterans Affairs education programs, numerous loans and opportunities are available to help you fund the next step in your education.
Building Job Skills and Funding Your Portable Career
How can you make your military spouse career "more portable"? By making sure you have the skills, training, licenses, degrees and certifications that employers want in high-growth, high-demand fields and occupations.
Going Back to School as a Military Spouse
You’ve made the rewarding choice to go back to school. By pursuing your education goals, you can expand your job opportunities and boost your earning power.
Military Spouse Preference for Department of Defense Employment
Moving doesn't have to disrupt your career, because as a military spouse you may get preference when you apply for Department of Defense civilian jobs. The Military Spouse Preference program gives preference to military spouses for Department of Defense civilian jobs.
Military Spouses: Let the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Help You Find a Job
If you need a job, particularly one that is potentially flexible and portable, look no further than the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Career Portal.
Start Your Early Care and Education or Youth Development Career With Military Kids
Do you want to work with children, but you’re not sure where to start? Have you considered a career with the Department of Defense? You can apply for both entry and management-level positions in many child development programs and youth programs world-wide.
State Licensing and Career Credentials Initiative
The new state licensing and career credentials initiative will soon make it easier to transition your credentials to a new state.
What Service Members Should Know When Choosing a College
Thinking about college? You already have the discipline it takes to pursue higher education. From big universities to small colleges, you have plenty of options and each has something unique to offer. Here’s how to compare your college options and find the right institution for your education goals.
The Department of Defense Education Activity — Strong Foundations for Military Kids
With frequent moves for military families, finding the right school for your child is a crucial way to ease their transition. Department of Defense Education Activity schools provide education for children of service members and Department of Defense civilians that’s competitive with any school system, from pre-K through high school.
Report Shows MyCAA Is Linked With Higher Earnings Among MilSpouses
This report examines characteristics associated with MyCAA Scholarship application and use, scholarship plan completion, spouse employment and earnings, and service continuation of personnel married to MyCAA-eligible spouses
Postsecondary Education Complaint System
If you or your family member receives tuition assistance or is a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Scholarship recipient, you are encouraged to submit feedback here.
How to Use the Military Tuition Assistance Program
If you've thought about going to college, but didn't know if you could afford it, then the Military Tuition Assistance program may be just the benefit you need. The program is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members.
Voluntary Education Contacts
Contact information for the Department of Defense service-specific Voluntary Education Program is provided to assist service members in contacting their respective education professionals, who can provide additional information and education support.
Financing Your Child’s College Education
So, your child is ready for college — and you’re ready to support their education goals. Now you just need to figure out how to pay for it. Luckily, you’ll find lots of resources to help military families finance their children’s college, from saving plans to scholarships.
10 Attributes for a Successful Job Search
As a service member, you’ve already got a strong skill set to make you an asset in the workplace. Many of those same skills can be applied in finding the right job in the first place. Here are ten skills to master when searching and interviewing for a position.
Getting Ready to Re-enter the Workforce
Whether you've been out of the workforce for a short while or it's been a number of years, it can be challenging to re-enter that world.