The military has made a number of educational services available for military Servicemembers, but recently there have been a number of requests for different programs to benefit Spouses and Military Dependents in educational areas. Going back to school is a challenge for anyone, and being able to pay for an education is a concern that many military families have to face. One new program is the Career Initiative for Military Spouses. This is a program designed to assist and help military spouses around the world prepare for new careers. It was first put into motion by a joint effort by the Defense Department and the Department of Labor.
It is a program administered through eighteen military installations, One-Stop Career Centers, and Military Voluntary Education Centers. It is a pilot program that is thought to be expanded to locations around the world if the pilot program performs up to expectations. Being a member of a Military Service family can be stressful, and it makes getting an education a challenge. At the very least with the starting and stopping and moving, it is more difficult. This is a new program that has an element to create education accounts with funds for individuals to pay for expenses directly related to secondary education and training. The new program is a welcome addition to military education Spouse funding, and it will be gratefully received by those military spouses who are able to participate in the initial trial round of funding. Eligible military spouse candidates will receive funds in the amount of $3,000 dollars for one year of study or school. Families of active duty Servicemembers can be required to travel a great deal, and this can make getting an education pretty hard, simply from change of duty stations alone. It is for those reasons that the Department of Labor and the DoD created this program to help. It intends to help provide training and education in high demand, high growth areas and occupations for Spouses of active duty Servicemembers. The new pilot program is available in a limited area, since the first Spouses began to participate in January of 2008, earlier this year. The states that are involved include Washington State, Colorado, Maine, Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, North Carolina and Georgia. This is a new pilot program, but funds are renewable for a second year for the same amount the second year.
These locations will also work together to provide guidance, assessment and career counseling to support education and Military spouse career choices. This money can be used to pay for tuition, equipment, books, credentialing fees, licensing fees, and other costs associated with training and education.