This site provides resources and tools to help military spouses, and those who support them, to understand and address the unique challenges they encounter to meaningful and timely employment.  Supporting military spouses is an important part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s mission to expand opportunities for all American workers. Military spouses face many of the same challenges as the rest of America’s workforce compounded by frequent moves.

Military Spouse License Recognition Resources Compared to civilians, military spouses are 10 times more likely to have moved to a new state lines in the last year due to military relocation. For those who work in licensed occupations it can be time-consuming and costly to obtain licensure in a new state. These difficulties contribute to employment gaps and underemployment within military families, which can lead to additional stress and financial strain that could also impact military spouses’ health and well-being, as well as service members’ military readiness

Barriers to Work: Veterans and Military Spouses  This publication focuses on the unique challenges and barriers specific to veterans and military spouses when they wish to enter a license occupation and practice a licensed occupation across state lines.

Military Spouse Employment Resources

The following resources address a range of employment challenges and links to organizations that provide support to military spouses and families.

Education and Employment for Military Spouses

Military Spouse Resource Center

Veteran Spouses Business Development

Military Spouses Webcast

Boots to Business  -"Boots-to-Business" is the two-step entrepreneurial training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a training track within the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP).

American Job Center Toolkit