Employment, Education, & Entrepreneurship

Military Spouse Employment

A Diverse Workforce

Military spouses are a diverse group with a variety of backgrounds and skill sets. They are an invaluable addition to any workforce. While there is no one-size-fits-all employment solution for military spouses, MFAN has dedicated support and resources to assist in meeting employment needs and transition experiences for military families.

MFAN research has proven time and time again that active-duty military spouses constantly struggle to find gainful employment because of the following obstacles:

  • The demands of military life.
  • The need to serve as the primary caregiver to their children, which also necessitates having flexible schedules when spouses are deployed.
  • Military spouses worry that they will not be hired because they relocate so often.

Visit the Research & Reports page for more details on MFAN’s research findings on spousal employment needs and transition experiences.


You Have Options

Staying employed or advancing your career when you’re constantly on the move can be tough!

Finding remote and portable jobs remains a high priority for military families; the employment environment today presents many opportunities for those searching to build lasting careers.

You have much to offer! Military spouses can manage a household in a stressful or changing environment, which can make you marketable to a future employer.

Now is the time to take the next steps to pursue your career goals.

Employment Resources

Military Spouse Employment Partnership

The Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) connects military spouses with hundreds of partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote, and retain military spouses. MSEP has more than 500 partners, who have hired more than 175,000 military spouses.

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Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiative established in 2011, connects the military community with meaningful employment opportunities. Recognizing that military spouses’ careers are affected by their service members’ military service, every HOH event and program is open to military and veteran spouses as well as military caregivers.

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