If you’re married to a service member, you may be one of the 84% of employed active duty spouses who say that military affiliation had a negative impact on their ability to pursue a career. Frequent moves, deployments, and family separations are just a few of the obstacles military spouses face in their career.
At the same time, we know that military families with employed spouses have greater financial security, better mental health, and higher satisfaction with the military lifestyle. Our annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey gives us a direct line to understanding family concerns, including career challenges. We know that over half of the active duty spouses who aren’t working want to be employed—a rate of un- and underemployment far greater than the national average.
Blue Star Families’ mission is to help military families with challenging hurdles—both during and after active service. Our military spouse employment and education programs support military family members through their entire career path through education, connection, and support services.