A military spouse receives coaching for her resume at the Marston Pavilion aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Military-friendly employers have reached the goal of hiring 50,000 military spouses two years early, officials said. (Lance Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera / Marine Corp)
Good News for Military Spouse Employment!
At TroopSwap and Troop ID, we love our Military Spouses and know what valuable employees they make. Now, it looks like other companies are getting on board with these terrific men and women. The Department of Defense Military Family Readiness announced today that military-friendly employers have reached the goal of hiring 50,000 military spouses two years early!
The Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which began as an Army program and expanded to all military spouses in June 2011, has been working to build relationships with employers to decrease the 26 percent unemployment rate military spouses face nationwide. It is an important milestone to hire the 50,000 spouses well ahead of 2015, the original goal of the MSEP.
Over a quarter of military spouses are unemployed nationwide, and 77 percent of them want or need work. More than 180 employers have joined the partnership to change that discrepancy. Over the last two years, the companies have hired more than 50,000 spouses. That’s a 56 percent increase since November, when the number of spouses hired had reached 32,000. And in less than a year, the number of military-friendly companies who have joined the partnership has also increased from 129 to over 180.
First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Biden, have been touting the benefits of hiring veterans and military spouses as they travel around the country (and even gave a special nod of approval for TroopSwap and Troop ID military spouse hiring practices!).
Along with many other military-friendly businesses, we've pledged to:
• Increase employment opportunities for military spouses
• Help spouses stay employed as they relocate
• Provide promotion opportunities for spouses
• Support pay equity for spouses based on their level of training, work experience, accomplishments and credentials.
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As of this writing, there were 124,527 active job listings from these companies on the Military Spouse Employment Partnership career portal.
Several companies that are part of the MSEP and have taken initiative to seek out veteran and military spouse employment include AT&T, Starbucks, Dish, Coca-Cola, and more.