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Employment Program to Require Results

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.

From my Military.com story:

“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!

About Amy Bushatz

Amy is the managing editor of Military.com’s spouse and family blog SpouseBuzz.com. A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for Military.com where she is an Associate Editor. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on NPR and in the New York Times. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.

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