Being a military spouse isn’t always easy. You deal with uncertainties and the responsibilities of keeping the household running when your soldier is deployed or tied up with work. That is why the military rewards spouses with awesome benefits! Because you deserve it.
Below are some of the best educational and career benefits provided to military spouses.
Did you know that as a military spouse you may be entitled to a government grant of up to $4,000 for career training through MyCAA? Military Spouse Career Education (MilCareerEd) and Ed4Career help military spouses to get into the career program of their choice! Thinking about going back to school? Choose a career that is in a growing field.
Military spouses face many obstacles when building a career or looking for employment, such as PCS-ing, deployments, TDY stations, NTC or training that takes their soldier away from home for long periods of time. As a spouse sometimes your primary job is keeping the household running. While the hurdles of being a military spouse cannot be avoided, learning how to account for them on your resume is important. Say you’ve had to take time off for a year because of deployment; that year should be accounted for when you go to apply for your next job.
You have put in the time, effort, dedication and sacrifices to go to school and get your degree or the required career certification. Traveling around every few years and moving your family has been extremely stressful, but you’ve just started your career and have begun to feel comfortable in your new environment.
Military spouse’s goals, careers, and dreams can often be cast aside during their soldier’s military career. With constant moves, deployments and being away from family, many spouses settle into the role of stay-at-home parents. The fact of the matter is that before you know it, it has been three years and you are still in the middle of your Associate Degree or haven’t even gotten the chance to register for courses to train for your dream career.
Another year has flown by. Time can move fast, especially when you are a military spouse. If you’ve had resolutions for completing a certification or a degree for multiple years, and it seems you’re at a snail’s pace for completing them, don’t let another year go by. You may be eligible for a grant of up to $4,000 dollars from the government to complete your career training!
Whether you’re a new military spouse or a seasoned spouse, it can be extremely intimidating moving from home with everyone you know and starting over. Making friends in a new city feels like starting high school all over again. It’s just you and your spouse (maybe kids too), and a lot of times your partner is gone for a large portion of the day. Loneliness can set in very quickly and phone calls sometimes just don’t do it. If you’re a homebody you may enjoy your own company for a while but let me tell you, it doesn’t hold up for long.
If you talk to military spouses who have experienced deployment, you’ll discover that everyone has different advice on how to save your sanity while your spouse is away.
Making a Deployment Plan can make the time seem to go by faster. Some things to include:
Create a Master Binder to corral important information
Pre-pandemic, the unemployment rate for military spouses was about 24%, and the civilian unemployment rate was 3.5%. Let’s let that sink in.
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis
Independence Day is a celebration of the birth of United States of America and honors the U.S. Army’s commitment to defend the nation since 1775. Independence Day will be officially observed on Sunday, July 4, 2021, our nation’s 245th birthday.