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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,” September 26, 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,” August 5, 2021 This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures and requirements for supporting military family readiness, or MFR, through a system that maximizes access to a network of programs and services, the Military Family Readiness System.

DOD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 1800, “DOD Civilian Personnel Management System: DoD Priority Placement Program,” 1 April 2009 This manual implements policy, delegates authority and assigns specific overall responsibilities for the DOD Priority Placement Program for civilian employees.

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