The new and improved military spouse employment program will require spouse hiring results from participating companies, a DoD official in charge of military and family policy said yesterday.
“We’re really holding their feet to the fire with this,” said Robert Gordon, the Pentagon’s chief of military community and family policy. “We want documentation — who they’re hiring, how many they’re hiring, in terms of what kind of jobs our spouses are getting.”While the program still does not include a spouse hiring preference requirement, as I reported earlier, Gordon said they will be “holding their feet to the fire” to ensure that they live up to the promise of hiring spouses.
Another important change to the program that was not made clear before yesterday’s rollout (but were brought up in our comments on the last post) is the removal of the requirement that companies be near bases. That means companies could very well be near National Guard and Reserve spouses.
But, like the article says, the problem of the majority of available jobs being entry level remains. Gordon says that they are going to work on this. But, like everything else, the proof is in the pudding. We think this is a start!