Change Could Make It Easier for Spouses to Get Civilian Jobs

Military spouses will find it easier to apply for Department of Defense civilian jobs using military spouse preference, under new procedures being finalized now, according to DoD officials.

Under new procedures, spouses will no longer have to report to a DoD human resources office/civilian personnel office within the commuting area of their sponsor’s new duty station to register in the Priority Placement Program, in order to submit an application through USAJobs for a particular job, said DoD spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell.

DoD is working to streamline the procedures “to be more responsive to the needs of management and [priority placement] candidates,” she said.

Military spouses face continual difficulties in maintaining a career — whether in the private sector or public sector — because of frequent relocations with their military member.

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