If you’ve recently married into the military, or you or your spouse has just joined, you may be feeling both nervous and excited about the future. During the adjustment period, spouses take on new roles, adapt to new schedules and learn new ways of handling many of the unique challenges of military life. To successfully do so, it’s helpful to know about the military spouse support available to you.
What’s on the installation
- Your installation Military and Family Support Center is a good place to start for anything from local recreational opportunities to a personalized introduction to installation services, including spouse career and employment opportunities, personal financial management classes, activities for children and families, military spouse resources, and more.
Staying positive during a deployment
- The power of positivity, along with a little help from friends and family, can help make time apart from your spouse your time to thrive. Follow our tips to stay positive and make that time go by just a little bit faster.
Living on an installation for the first time
You may experience a variety of emotions the first time you live on an installation as a military spouse. Here are ways to ensure your transition is a success:
- Be proactive and try to keep a positive attitude. Take advantage of many opportunities offered to you on the installation.
- Get your children involved in activities. The installation youth center offers a wide range of sports, activities, events and social clubs. You'll have the chance to meet other parents, too.
- Get to know your neighbors, and participate in military community activities. Learn about upcoming events and join in the fun.
Stay in touch with the military spouse online community
- You might be amazed at what you can accomplish on your own and with a little help from other military spouses. The Blog Brigade is the place to read about tips from other military spouses around the world.
Spouse Education and Career Opportunities
Continuing your education or advancing your career when you’re constantly on the move can be tough. But there are many employment and education resources available to military spouses.
- The MySECO website is your one-stop shop, whether thinking about advancing your education, considering a career, writing a resume or advancing your career. MySECO provides education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide, offering comprehensive resources and tools related to career exploration, education, training and licensing, employment readiness and career connections.
- There are certain preferences for military spouses when applying for Department of Defense civilian jobs. With the help of the Military Spouse Preference Program, you can build your career as you move with the military.
- A move overseas can shake up your world as new possibilities and experiences await you. Finding a job overseas as a military spouse presents a unique set of challenges. Here are some tips to help you with your search.
Having a baby when your partner is deployed
- If you ask any mom, not much is as thrilling and emotional as having a baby. When your partner is deployed, there are ways to bridge the distance before and after your child's birth. This includes enrolling in childbirth classes at your installation’s hospital or military treatment facility. Make sure you are enrolled in the right TRICARE region.
When you become your spouse’s caregiver
- When your spouse is severely injured or has a debilitating illness, you face the prospect of starting a whole new chapter of your life – one you hadn’t expected. Becoming your spouse’s caregiver presents a unique set of challenges that can affect you emotionally and physically, and can often seem overwhelming. Read about common reactions to becoming a caregiver, resources for support and tips on taking care of yourself throughout the caregiving process.
All military jobs take dedication, and being a military spouse is no different. Between the listed resources and Military OneSource – which is just a click or call away at 800-342-9647 – you’ll be set to handle whatever comes your way.