I met a dashing young man in college years ago but didn’t give much thought to it because I had career goals that didn’t include a husband, kids and most definitely, nothing near a military life. That all changed when I walked down the aisle and said, “I Do!” That dashing young man is now my husband; a Naval Officer.
Finding a flexible and portable career is one of the greatest challenges to military spouse employment. Unpredictable servicemember work hours and long deployments place military spouses in a single parent role that often makes a traditional 9-to-5 job impossible. Other hurdles for traditional jobs come from relocating to remote or overseas duty stations where language barriers, legal issues, and geography create local employment challenges. Yet, with all these challenges, there are employment options that enable military spouses to pursue careers that are compatible with the highly unpredictable, unstable, and mobile reality of today’s military families.