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The Coast Guard supports our members’ spouses who want to develop, advance and sustain a career of their choice—in or out of the home. If you know of important resources we should add, please email the My CoastGuard team at MyCG@USCG.mil.
Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships
Scholarships are available to help Coast Guard spouses pay for college education, professional licensing and other certifications.
DoD Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO) Program
Military OneSource’s SECO program offers interactive tools to help spouses reach their education and career goals. Explore career paths, talk to a career coach, research occupation salaries for your current or planned new location, and find resources for every stage of your career.
Coast Guard Work-life Office Program
This program supports our personnel and their families by providing services that help them to manage the challenges of both work and personal life. The strategies, principles and programs allow Coast Guard personnel to achieve organizational effectiveness and sustain superior mission execution by helping to manage individual and family issues that distract them from their duties.
Coast Guard Civilian Careers
If you chose to become a civilian in the U.S. Coast Guard, you can provide essential services in diverse business and technical fields while enjoying superior workplace training and excellent federal benefits. You don't have to enlist to join the U.S. Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)
Offers a number of education grant and loan programs to help clients and their families financially meet their academic goals. Individuals may be eligible to receive education assistance under more than one CGMA program simultaneously.
LinkedIn Premium Access for
Coast Guard Spouses
Military spouses can access a free year of LinkedIn Premium, through a partnership between the Coast Guard and LinkedIn. Start your job hunt, build networks, and browse an online library with a learning path specifically designed for military spouses. LinkedInLearning, formerly known as Lynda, is included within the LinkedIn Premium package. Email Rodney Whaley to sign-up for LinkedIn Premium.
The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
This non-profit has helped more than 55,000 people get a new job. Their free employment training programs and job placement services are available to military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses, and caregivers of wounded war heroes.
United Service Organization (USO)
The USO provides networking events to help military spouses develop professional, social and community networks. The USO has more than 200 centers worldwide.
Navy Fleet and Family Support Center
Coast Guard families are eligible to access the Navy’s family readiness programs, including those offering career resources and education.
Naval Service FamilyLine
Naval Services FamilyLine was founded by spouses, for spouses, and is open to Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps families. The volunteer-run community provides resources on healthcare, lodging, relocation assistance, deployment assistance, education and scholarships, and more.
Policy on Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military spouses
Federal agencies can hire certain military spouses without competition for competitive service positions. This site will answer all your questions about this hiring authority.
Spouse License and Certification Reimbursement
If a PCS impacts your license to practice, the Coast Guard may be able to reimburse you for the fees to get relicensed in your new location.
Spouse Employment Assistance Program
Moving every few years creates challenges for military spouses. The Spouse Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) is a program to help you learn how to get a job and maintain a career you enjoy.
The Federal Resume Guide
This comprehensive guide, published by the National Archives and Records Administration, contains everything you need to know to create a successful resume. Also, here are tips from the Department of Labor for writing a federal resume.
Coast Guard SUPRT
CG SUPRT offers career counseling for spouses wanting support in finding viable job opportunities. It is available to active duty members, reservists, full-time civil service employees, and their dependents. Call 1-1-855-CGSUPRT (247-8778) or visit their site.
Search the Department of Labor’s site for occupations to discover which licenses and certifications you may need for various career paths.
The federal government’s official employment site includes both CONUS and OCONUS opportunities. Military spouses may be eligible to apply for positions through a unique, non-competitive path designed to simplify the hiring process—making it easier to find and get hired for the job you want.
State Employment Agencies
State-specific employment services can help you centralize your job search. These agencies provide additional resources that can help you understand the labor market and identify training that will set you apart, amongst other resources.
Hiring Our Heroes
HOH uses grassroots engagement and strategic partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations to create civilian jobs for military and their family members. Their website provides free online career tools, and programs specifically designed for military spouses.
FlexJobs is a job search site specializing in vetted remote, part-time, freelance and flexible positions. A dedicated page for military spouses includes blog posts with helpful tips and displays lists of flexible employers.
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
This network is a 501 C3 non-profit organization that focuses on: employment readiness training programs, job placement solutions and no-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses and caregivers to war wounded heroes.
How to Start A Home-Based Business
This U.S. Small Business Administration has created a presentation on resources for starting your own home-based business.
The MILSPO Project
This community of military-spouse entrepreneurs meets in-person and online to share insights and ways to grow your business and life.
Work from Home Ideas
Your work-life skills and talents can be leveraged into a business. Check out this site full of ideas, job leads and resources, sorted by state, to discover how you can be a work-from-home spouse.
Small Business Administration
Military spouses make great entrepreneurs and small business ownership can be a flexible vocation that supports a military career. The administration empowers spouses and business owners by offering counseling and training, access to capital, and disaster assistance that are provided to service members and veterans.
Boots to Business
This program offers entrepreneurial and business fundamentals for active duty service members, veterans and their spouses. The trainings are offered by subject-matter-experts from the Small Business Administration and is developed in partnership with the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program.
Contact your Coast Guard Transition and Relocation Manager
These managers are available to guide spouses and family members on career planning, job seeking and resume writing, as well as, to help them prepare for interviews and negotiate offers. The program assists in spouses overcoming difficulties associated with finding employment, especially during relocation process.
Spouse License and Certification Reimbursement
If a PCS impacts your professional certification or license to practice, your family may be entitled to reimbursement for qualified relicensing costs after relocation.
Starting over isn’t always easy. If you’ve resigned from a position to move with your service member, special unemployment insurance may be available to support you while you search for work.
Unemployment Benefits by State
Locate unemployment benefits for which you may be eligible, right in your own state.
Last reviewed on: 10/05/2020