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Family Employment Readiness Program

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The Navy recognizes that moving every few years creates career challenges for military spouses, especially when stationed overseas or in remote areas. Our Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) offers family members a variety of resources to tackle those challenges.

Workshops have been created to help you plan a career, launch a job search, write the resume, learn interview techniques, find information on federal employment, conduct self-assessments, set goals and even take vocational tests. FERP also offers computer tutorial programs to help you build technical skills.

The goal of FERP is to help you learn how to get a job and maintain a career you enjoy, as a military family member. Let FERP help you today.

If you don't live near a Fleet and Family Support Center, many services, such as coaching and resume reviews, can be done via the phone or email.

Military Spouse Preference Program
Military Spouse Preference (MSP) is a Department of Defense (DOD) program that is intended to lessen the career interruption of spouses who relocate with their military sponsors. MSP offers employment placement preference in DoD civilian personnel positions to military spouses who meet the eligibility requirements. The program applies to DoD vacancies only. Get the facts.

Volunteerism
Volunteerism offers a great opportunity to learn new skills or enhance existing skills, gain experience in the workforce and contribute to the community. Many military spouses find deep satisfaction in volunteering their time. Often, paid employment is too difficult to find or simply does not suit the needs of the spouse. Volunteering provides an advantage when seeking future employment while also serving the needs of the community. More information on volunteerism is available.

Federal Employment
Employment with the Federal Government is an excellent option for military spouses. Family members may be eligible for non-competitive federal appointment. Military spouses who meet certain criteria may be eligible for military spouse preference when applying for DoD civilian personnel positions.

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