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Family Employment Readiness Program-FERP


The Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP) provides no cost consultations, programs and services to help military families in the job search process. Consultants are available to guide spouses and family members on career planning, job seeking and resume writing, as well as help them prepare for interviews and benefit negotiation offers.

Remember volunteering is a great way to learn new skills to add to your resume, create important networks and gain experience while contributing to the community.

Navy Spouse Licensure Reimbursement
Learn about Military Spouse License Recognition Options at:

○     Check for occupation-specific guidance on:  MilitaryOneSource

○     For occupations that have interstate reciprocity agreements, visit: to see which states participate.

How do Spouses learn about how states are implementing the Laws?

○     Check the website of the licensing board for their occupation.

○     Check the main website of the state’s licensing agency (they may need to look under a “military” or “veterans” heading or search the site for the phrase “military spouse”).

○     Do a web search for their state and “military spouse occupational license.”

○     Talk to the licensing board.

How do Spouses learn about how states are implementing the Laws?


The Department of the Navy is dedicated to supporting families and currently provides resources and advocacy for spouse employment. Section 556 of the National Defense Authorization Action FY18 provides the Navy the opportunity to reimburse members up to $500 for state licensure and certification costs of a spouse of a member of the Armed Forces arising from relocation to another state due to a permanent change of station (PCS) or permanent change of assignment. NDAA FY 20 Section 577 increased the amount up to $1,000.

Navy Spouse Licensure Reimbursement

Spouse Reimbursement for the costs of license recognition

○     In many circumstances, military spouses who move from one state to another because of change-of-station orders are eligible for reimbursement of licensing costs through their service branch.

○     More information can be found at:

This article provides policy and procedures for Military Spouse Licensure reimbursement.

This NAVADMIN announces that as part of the ongoing Navy Family Framework effort to expand and improve the experience for Navy spouses and families, Sailors may be reimbursed up to $500 for the state licensure and certification costs of a spouse arising from relocation to another state due to a permanent change of station (PCS) move.

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO)
SECO consultants provide professional guidance to military spouses on careers, education and training, employment readiness and career connections.  Learn more at:

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)
MyCAA provides financial assistance to eligible spouses pursuing licensure, certification or an associate degree.  Learn more at:

Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP)

MSEP strengthens the education and career opportunities of military spouses by providing employment readiness assistance to optimize self-marketing skills and employment connections that help them find and maintain a rewarding career.  (MSEP) connects military spouse-friendly companies with jobs to military spouses seeking employment.  Learn more at:


Family Employment Readiness Program
Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of services if you are looking for a career or simply a part-time, virtual or temporary job. Visit or contact the Fleet and Family Support Center to learn more about how FERP can help you.

Career Planning
Wondering where you should start to find a career? Or, perhaps you are ready for a change in your existing career.

Effective Resume Writing
A resume is the key to obtaining interviews. Fleet and Family Support Centers can help make sure your resume advertises your skills and abilities.

Interviewing with Confidence
The job interview is your opportunity to market yourself and learn more about the position.

The Federal Employment System
If you are a spouse who meets certain criteria, you may be eligible for non-competitive entry into federal employment or employment placement preference in DoD civilian personnel position.

Job Search Strategies
Do you want to learn more about the crucial steps in the job search process? This single-session workshop covers everything from accessing the hidden job market to finding a job long-distance, including job searching on the internet.

Do you want a job where you can be your own boss, set your own hours, or have the flexibility you need to raise a family and support your Sailor's career?

Some of the best reasons to volunteer include offering your time to individuals and organizations in need, sharing your skills, connecting with the community and making a difference in someone else’s life. Volunteering is a positive, altruistic act.

Visit websites that assist you in your job search and career exploration.


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