Department of Defense Policy

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

DoD Directive 1332.35, "Transition Assistance for Military Personnel," 29 February 2016 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 to for both separating service members and their spouses.

DoD Directive 1342.22, "Military Family Readiness," July 3, 2012 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.