Should Schools, Jobs for Spouses Factor into Troop Location?

A high-level Defense Department council has elevated the issues of military spouse employment and quality of education for military children to the attention of Secretary Jim Mattis, recommending that these factors be important considerations when making strategic basing or mission alignment decisions.

The DoD Military Family Readiness Council, which voted Wednesday to include the recommendation as one of six being sent to Mattis, echoes comments by the service secretaries in a joint letter sent to the National Governors Association on Feb. 23.

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