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Military spouse blog with practical guides ranging from PCSing to Hawaii to Common Scams of Craigslists. Our blog is to empower young people to learn things through simple step-by-step guides.

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Base Resources Every Army Spouse Should Know of

Military Guide Whether you’re a new.. spouse or experienced, here’s some info on what’s on base or better ways to go about military resources. Time and time again I see spouses saying ‘just call command’ or do nothing about questions and issues they might have. A lot of us don’t go through the military spouse […] The post Base Resources Every Army Spouse Should Know of appeared first on Unearthed...

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Whether you're a new..

spouse or experienced, here’s some info on what’s on base or better ways to go about military resources. Time and time again I see spouses saying ‘just call command’ or do nothing about questions and issues they might have. A lot of us don’t go through the military spouse classes nor really understand what certain offices on base do so hopefully this will help!

ACS

If you need career help, finance guidance, help with paying for family needs. Check out your local ACS. The office is filled with career counselors, financial advisors, and other resource representatives. Common answers you’ll find there are to questions like: Can someone help me with my resume?/How do I pay my debt off sooner?/Can someone help me with a mock interview?/ I can’t afford diapers this month, what do I do?

Counseling

So this can be a huge issue for your active duty spouse. Many active duty members are completely terrified of Behavioral Health or other on post counselors because they can aid in getting your spouse chaptered out for anything from ADHD to alcoholism. How can you build trust with a counselor when you feel your career rests in their hands?

Horror stories of mine (hopefully this isn’t typical). On the first visit of seeing a base couples counselor he ‘diagnosed’ my husband on depression within the first 5 minutes of our session and ADHD within the first 25 minutes. This man was an egotistical Star Trek tee wearing ‘dojo’ master. Apparently. He told my husband he should ‘learn his ways’ like this was the beginning of the film Batman Begins. It felt kind of hostile. If he disagreed with him, would he flag my husband for depression or ADHD? Completely batshit.

If you need counseling for a subject that might be too grey of a subject I suggest calling local counselors and asking if they take Tricare and going from there. Also, you can try your duty station’s Chaplain Office which is 100% confidential. You don’t need to be religious and I found them to generally be more rational than the other BH counselors we’ve run into. Anytime a spouse is extremely distressed about their husband or wants to leave them I always suggest Chaplains first because you can open your sessions up with Family Advocacy or BH at any time if you and your partner decide to sign a waiver to the 100% confidentially agreement. Chaplains Office knows the resources of base but won’t ‘pull the trigger’ until you’re ready. Also, MilitaryOneSource is a great one call in an emergency of distress. They’ll offer you the options to 100% confidentially (restricted) or an open case (unrestricted). Both MilitaryOneSource and Chaplain’s Office are great resources and I prefer Chaplains because if you’re upset, there’s someone physically there for you and you won’t consistently ask you ‘do you want to open your case?’ or ‘Do you want to talk to…’. I find them to act more of a director of resources when you need them.

If you do have serious issues do utilize MilitaryOneSource and also the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) such as abuse, neglect, etc. They’ll connect you to the right resources to help you out because you are the dependant. I want to make it clear each program is extremely useful and to use them when needed. I caution using these last program last because you can’t turn around and ask for your confidentiality back when you don’t like how these programs enact protecting you later. I have no idea what you’re going through but talk to someone who’s not in the position to change your life first is the best advice I can give. I want to make sure you know this because time and time again, I see milspouses extremely upset and other spouses suggest to just ‘call his command’. You can pull that trigger but you’re asking the same people who drink grog at the military ball to handle your family issues professionally. Speak to people with experience and resources first, that’s what they are there for.

Events and Activities

Need something to do with your kids? Want to get apart of your community? Always keep your installations USO, ACS, and the Rec center calendars for events in the community. There are options for a free pass to waterparks to wine painting. I wasn’t even aware of these calendars until my husband’s second reenlistment. We never lived on post and I just simply didn’t think the army would ever do anything like that but definitely check them out! So far we’ve been to concerts, Octoberfests, Wet ‘n Wild, firework displays, and cage fight events! They are usually free so keep your eye on these calendars! Another perk about the Rec center is that many of the bases have options to rent outdoor equipment. Depending on the base you can rent boats, bikes, etc so check them out for what’s available in your area.

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Filing Complaints

Most commonly used is an ICE complaint. There are two ways to file one, you can either hand write one at the office or you can go online at your base’s ICE complaint system and filing one that way. You can file with or without contact info and the agency will receive the complaint and try to resolve it. ICE comments can be both negative or positive feedback and it’s for the agency to get a perspective on their customer satisfaction. This is particularly useful if you ever run into a federal employee that refuses to help or makes your time particularly difficult with them. If you site an issue with contact info the agency should get back to you in a couple of days to resolve it with you. Usually, you won’t run into this issue but a lot of what the military does can impact your life quite a lot.

I highly recommend reporting an online comment simply because I’ve seen departments actually allow their employees to pull out their own ICE comments before turning them in as part of their End-of-month report. And I’ve actually the experience of watching my husband file a complaint at an office to have the lady he filed the complaint against turn around and write a slanderous letter to his command! Luckily someone else from the unit went with him to this particular office but damn. This isn’t likely but I’m letting you know, certain agencies just don’t seem to have the same oversite as others.

Education Office

This is a resource I nor my husband were aware of for the first year we were together. Most enlisted hear about the GI Bill and then find out it takes several years until you have access to it. Well being an active duty member comes with benefits like reduction to certain university rates and scholarships. Depending on the Education Center, they’ll have a hand full of schools their office works with to create active duty and dependents rates for courses. You can expect to come out of pocket a few hundred dollars for each course and you’ll have access to spouse scholarships like MYCAA. It’s definitely a more affordable option with many degree plans online. I typically steer away from the on-campus school because they tend to cost a lot more and if we PCS I’ll have to transfer. But if you have questions about career plans and education definitely drop by your local education office for details and don’t just take their word for everything. Learn what you can and take it home and do more research on your own. These people are trying to give you an opinion on each option but you know what’s best for your lifestyle and everyone has a different opinion. I remember looking at Excelsior and Park U and I thought I wanted Excelsior but when it came down to degree plan the Park degree plan was the better option for me. So get help and do your research!

PCSing

I usually find spouses online looking for resources and the offices to help them transition but have no idea where to turn. Here are the basics:

Reenlistment Office

So you’re PCSing, you need orders to request your move. Reenlistments is the office that cuts the orders so if your husband hasn’t received them, questions about when he can leave for PCS, needs to add a dependent to his orders, etc. This is the office to ask questions at.

Transportation Office

This is the office that essentially reads the orders and requests the airline tickets and shipment of HHGs. If you have issues with weight allowance, how long does the shipment take, requesting a different moving company, or changing flight info this is the Office you need to ask and bring your orders. 


Housing Office

Handles on-base housing, can handle TLA issues, and temporary housing issues. TLA is a big one if you’re on overseas orders. You do not get to start receiving TLA until you attend the brief that Housing handles. So if your questions about renting, property size, how long you can receive TLA, definitely reach out to them for more info. 


Finance Office

So this is an office you’ll be familiar with if you’ve used TLA. Any type of reimbursement should be handled by this office. So common questions they can answer is: how long can I use TLA,Which hotels are TLA approved,Then can I turn in my lodging receipts, How do I file a RITA tax exempt, etc.

Losing Items

You can check the places you were at on post to look and check online communities but if you lose your DoD ID you have to report it to the MPs before going to DEERS for another one. Usually, this is a minor annoyance because you need you to sponsor to be present at the appointment with DEERS and the waiting time can be all day. Another issue that can arise depending on the unit and whether your sponsor is enlisted or not is if your spouse gets in trouble for it. I’ve seen units let their soldiers leave early for the day normally and others that threaten to flag people for speeding tickets. Your dependant ID is an accountable item for your spouse so please, please be careful with it!

Anyways, if you ever feel like you need assistance as a military spouse just know there are multiple agencies out there and I know sometimes it can seem unhelpful or confusing but just know there are multiple outlets if you need them! Anyway, I hope these resources help and thanks for reading!

 

-Rose

 

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How I Landed a GS Position within a Year of Contracting

military Guide I want to start off by.. thanking everyone from the Schofield Barracks MDP (Military Personnel Division) for all their hard work and guidance. That being said I never thought I’d be down this career path. I went from a scholarship to an out-of-state private school to a terrible fracture to my ankle which […] The post How I Landed a GS Position within a Year of Contracting appeared first on Unearthed...

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I want to start off by..

thanking everyone from the Schofield Barracks MDP (Military Personnel Division) for all their hard work and guidance. That being said I never thought I’d be down this career path. I went from a scholarship to an out-of-state private school to a terrible fracture to my ankle which started a downward spiral and ending up a military spouse at Fort Bliss (career-wise, loved meeting my husband). And for those of you familiar with Fort Bliss, I didn’t speak Spanish and shocker… I never found a job as HIGH AS minimum wage!

         Hawaii is a pretty amazing duty station if you’re looking for a job. I had the option of sales rep, life insurance broker, or Skyline all in the first month of applying. At first, I thought ‘Oh, whatever. I’m not super comfortable being on post all the time.’ But looking back now, I just think of how incredibly lucky I was. Learning about all the things necessary for how the base operates is pretty irreplaceable. Because of this understanding and the contacts I’ve picked up, I was able to get help on my Priority Placement and find better ways to help myself.


If you are a military spouse/prior military/reserve or guard I highly recommend trying to find a job on post. Granted every command is different, but if you get your foot in the door you’re golden!

I loved working for Skyline because of the opportunity. For me, getting the security clearance was the only thing missing from my resume. Contracting through Skyline gave me the opportunity to attain one, and paved the way for me to get in the door with the GS side. Looking back now I realize that the on-boarding process in any gov position is a whole fiasco. It took me a month and two weeks to finally obtain my CAC even with having a passport, tribal ID, DoD privilege card, etc. On top of that training, a new federal employee can be anywhere from 2 to 6 months or more! So I understand now why the hiring process is the way it is and I’m glad to get in through my Priority Placement. Also if you need help with filing your Priority Placement as a military spouse for government jobs please click here for more details!

Government work is definitely different. Being a competitive or a great asset to your job is to know how to find government resources and knowledge of the regulations. It’s not about how fast you get things done, it’s about protecting people’s social security numbers and staying in regulation. It’s completely different if you aren’t prior service. So my advice is if you get an interview for federal employment, be personable, make sure you can promise them a long term commitment, and know the basics of PII (Personally Identifiable Information). Other great characteristics are being able to stand up to for yourself and being a focused enough person that you can protect the mission of the agency.

 

Anyways, I hope this helps all of you out there looking for federal employment. I know for me this is one of the best career options as my husband moves all over the world for his job. Please, please don’t be afraid to reach out or comment and if you need help with your resume check out this article and thank you for reading!

 

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What All To Consider During HHGs pickup & entitlements

Military Guide I want to start out by.. saying it’s weird trusting a bunch of strangers to come into your home take everything with the promise of bringing it all right back to you. The whole PCS process is completely disorienting so I want to highlight all the things I wish I knew my first […] The post What All To Consider During HHGs pickup & entitlements appeared first on Unearthed...

Military Guide

I want to start out by..

saying it’s weird trusting a bunch of strangers to come into your home take everything with the promise of bringing it all right back to you. The whole PCS process is completely disorienting so I want to highlight all the things I wish I knew my first time around!

Photograph all your valuables prior to the move

There are too many stories out there… People receiving their House Hold Goods (HHGs), just to find a vase broken or just missing! And what can you really do? When you moved in you signed off saying everything is fine to later find this out.
What I recommend is taking a video or photos of each room so if you later find a discrepancy you have evidence. The moving process is such a rush so might as well get it all documented and saved in a cloud setting just to be safe!

Things to keep out of HHGs

Another common theme with everyone PCSing is forgetting some of the most important documents!! In my other guide, I mention scanning everything just to be safe. The main items I would leave out are:

  • Military Documents: Orders, Reenlistment documents, leave packet, EMFP docs, emergency medical info, HHGs/shipping receipts
  • IDs & passports
  • Resume/marriage cert
  • Travel info
  • Pet documents

Emergency contact for your HHGs company

This is particularly important because many bases have signal issues. Make sure your moving company has a backup phone number on hand during your PCS because all info about HHGs is important. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to your new duty stations’ Transportation Office for more info about things like ‘how long it will take to get HHGs here’ or ‘how do I file a damage claim’.

Brief ALL of the movers about what items are delicate

This was a struggle for me. I have many family heirlooms, paintings, leather furniture, etc. I instructed the movers to be careful with my oil paintings but it was hard running between rooms to tell all the movers to be careful letting the oils of their fingers touch my paintings. I caught one of my movers wipe the sweat from his brown and then proceed to touch the oil on my painting!

It’s hard to get the point across awhile five men are moving in and out of the house and some people are showing up later without the information I gave the team of movers. If I were to do it again, I would definitely put all my antiques in one room to supervise them on how to handle my goods.

Unaccompanied baggage & luggage

Depending on which airline you take during PCS, the airline will allow an extra couple hundred pounds for your luggage. But this is up to the airline so make sure you call ahead of time and bring your orders to the airport.

For unaccompanied baggage aka express shipping, you can bring anything under your allotted household limit. I know for the two of us we were allowed 500 lbs on OCONUS orders to Schofield Barracks. What you should consider bringing are items like cookware, laptops, documents, extra clothes, army gear, etc. Yes, full kit gear can be helpful. You just don’t know if you/your spouse’s next unit is going to do a layout a week after PCSing or if you might need an extra pair of boots hanging around.

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Remove all liquids, flammables, candles, food, creams, etc.

So I thought I could be sneaky and put creams and lotions in the drawers of my dresser. They found out pretty quickly and handed them back to me to throw away… Well, it was a try but I rather have been helping the movers pack other things looking back. I was afraid of PCSing to Hawaii and being in a remote location. I don’t know why I had that image in my head but Oahu is just the opposite! Anyways yes, do remove all your flammables, waxes, and foods from your HHGs. It’s really not worth it to be called over to help remove items when you’re trying to move all your stuff out.

Keep a copy of the receipt from the moving company

Time and time again, I see a post on Facebook about a disgruntled spouse missing her favorite iPad, jackets, etc. Don’t make this mistake, save the receipts and make sure you have access to it when arriving at your new duty station. Before your HHGs arrive I would do a once over of the list of accountable items so you can be prepared for where you want your items and what items you want to make sure the movers have before they leave.

Buy the movers lunch and cool drinks

It’s probably hot, they are exhausted, and overall just waiting for it to be over. It’s pretty normal to buy them lunch and I’d also recommend a ‘cooling station’. Just an ice cold drink could do wonders in helping the whole process!

Other HHGs entitlements

This is something interesting for those of you that aren’t on regular PCS orders, meaning they are OCONUS orders, separation orders, etc. Did you know you can ship a boat with HHGs or receive a reimbursement? Definitely check out this website to see what other items can qualify for reimbursement or entitlements. Anything from motorcycles to mobile homes can be transported through the government just check with your local Transportation Office for further instruction and assessments.

Overseas and rural areas

So if you’re moving overseas or somewhere like Alaska, consider keeping as much furniture as possible. Usually, when moving you’re trying to downsize but what I quickly learned in Hawaii is that your options are limited to furniture at places like the Exchange or paying a ton of money to ship something. Most duty stations aren’t like this but I wished I learned prior to getting rid of our TV stand. For a large TV,  I was limited to the Exchange, Walmart, or having an online store bill me an extra $300 to ship it. Instead of paying $1200 to ship a TV stand not made of particle board, we settled on making our own TV stand. It took us two weeks of hard labor to build and if we were more experienced we would’ve bought a stand on the mainland.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers about HHGs shipment

How do I calculate my HHG weight prior to the movers coming?

Here is the link to move.mil for how to estimate how much weight you’ll be at using their weight estimator.

Is the move taxable? What is RITA?

Want to be ahead of tax season this year or is it coming up? Check this Dfas link for info on what is classified as tax exempt and the documents needed to file a RITA.

How do I organize my belongings for the move?

How does TLA work? How much extra money will we get during the move?

Click here for the FAQs listed my the DoD Defense Travel website. Definitely look it over to get a basic understanding of how pay works during that time.

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10 Things Every Military Family Should Consider Before PCSing to Hawaii

Military Guide When you first find out.. your family is moving to Oahu the excitement sets in.. HAWAII! Then you hear about all the hoops you have to jump through and weird stories about issues that arise during the PCS. Seriously, there needs to be info out there about all the funny issues with OCONUS […] The post 10 Things Every Military Family Should Consider Before PCSing to Hawaii appeared first on Unearthed...

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When you first find out..

your family is moving to Oahu the excitement sets in.. HAWAII! Then you hear about all the hoops you have to jump through and weird stories about issues that arise during the PCS. Seriously, there needs to be info out there about all the funny issues with OCONUS orders! That being said, here are a few things to keep in mind in during your PCS travel.

1. HHG/car shipment can take LONG time

I know this topic is like ‘duh’ they have to put everything on a ship across the ocean. But when you’re in the middle of PCSing, it’s something that you ship out and don’t think about. Then when you ask the Transportation Office for an answer they say another ‘two weeks’. It’s frustrating and to plan this better keep in mind most shipments take at least 1 month to reach the island. Also lookout for ‘peak season’ which is between the months of April-August. This is the time everyone is PCSing to Hawaii and I’ve heard of shipments ranging from a month and a few weeks to 3 months!

Also, make sure you coordinate with your delivery company as soon as you can. Depending on the company, availability for the delivery of your HHGs may change. I’ve heard for some during peak season it takes nearly a month!

2. Moving pets is HARD

With pets, you have to watch out for how large your dog is, how many rabies shots they’ve had, restrictions on post, AND the costs!! It’s not cheap and if you’d like to see a comprehensive guide on shipping your pet, click here. Overall, the worst part for us was finding someone to watch our dogs during the quarantine process because pet hotels are not cheap!

3. Schools buses aren't free!

If you are considering living off post with your little ones consider this. To register, you first need your application to be accepted by the school so if you need more information on the bus service please click here. The prices for the bus range anywhere from $36 to $270 depending on the services you need and please check out the Hawaii DOE website and make sure your application is approved. Also, if you decide to live in Honolulu your kid might be stuck on the city bus. So heads up!

4. Getting comfortable with a different climate

So this is a major issue for me being raised in a dry climate. We don’t naturally get cockroaches and if you find some, run! Well, my terror is STILL fazing out. It doesn’t matter how clean your house is, they’ll still be too close for comfort! You can see them lurking in your backyard at night and guess what? Some fly!


Another unfamiliar issue out here is the mold. This may be an upward battle depending on who lived there last. A kept up house rarely has mold sitting in it but for my rental, I’ve fought constantly because the mold has found itself between cocking and the bathroom tiles. The people who’ve rented prior really neglected the shower which in turn helped mold grow in between the shower tiles. There’s not much more I can do besides rip out the tiles because the mold has stained the tiles. So FYI, if you see mold near a water fixture in Hawaii it’s probably not going to go leave!

5. Rain moves sporadically throughout the day

There’s definitely some areas of the island that get more rain than others but for most of the seasons, rain only lasts a few minutes. A down poor may happen in the winter seasons but usually, that’s no the case. So many people who move out here usually talk about regretting to bring more light jackets and hoodies. It’s not necessarily cold rain but it can be an enough to cause minor annoyance on a day outside.

6. Be prepared for little help from the military

Maybe this is just my experience coming from a large army base but we found little to no help moving here. We were constantly on the search for answers on Google even getting desperate enough to search the 15th page! We attempted to contact our sponsor, nothing. Since the moment we stepped foot outside the airport, we were thrown into chaos. We quickly learned that the airport didn’t have a military shuttle nor a reasonable priced option to go to Schofield. After 30 minutes of digging, we decided on a $60 Uber.

If I could recommend something to my past self, it would be to scour all the military spouse Facebook groups for answers prior to coming and to get better information from services like Fleet & Family or the USO. 

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7. The roads!

Thankfully, before we shipped out here we were forewarned about the roads and I’m glad listened! The roads on and off post are extremely rough. The highway isn’t as bad but potholes aren’t uncommon and if you have a low riding car, it definitely will hurt. That being said, if you’re considering buying a used car on island check out this article on how to buy a good used car.

Honestly, I recommend shipping one car and not paying out of pocket for the other. Most cars out here have low mileage, little rust, and great deals. So far, we’ve found a Fusion with KKB value of 4k sold for 700 bucks. An Excursion valued at 8k sold for 1.5k and we keep finding more and more deals! If you find yourself hesitant don’t be afraid to reach out, cars are probably my favorite hobby and I LOVE deals! Also, car scams here are just about non-existent. I’ve only met one scammer besides on the whole ‘pay-over-the-phone’ bit. Anyways, I listed that story here under #4 the ‘Know-it-all-mechanic’.

8. CDC/FCC waiting list

If you have kids I’m sure you’re familiar with the benefits of these child care agencies. That being said, the waiting list here in Hawaii is unsurprisingly long with many bases located in Oahu. So when you get a chance to sign up for childcare do it! Also for spouses who will be looking for a job once they arrive, check out the CDC. From what I hear they always need an extra hand and depending on the facility, some will give you priority on the waiting list for working there. Anyways, the link to the CDC can be found here and if you need help creating a resume for the CDC, please click here.

9. How to start receiving TLA

For the army, start by signing in at the army liaison center at the airport officially taking you off of ‘leave status’ and attending the soonest TLA brief at your new duty station. The Defense Travel site just states you receive TLA ‘when you receive COLA’. Not a whole lot of information out there and if you’re on Schofield, the TLA brief is weekly at the Housing Office on 215 Duck rd through the Lyman Gate. You are eligible for TLA once you sign in but you don’t receive TLA until you have gone through the briefing. Normally this information would be provided by your sponsor but if your situation is anything like ours, you’ll have been assigned a handful of sponsors with no way to communicate with them.

For other service branches, the best resources would be your new duty station’s Housing Office.

10. Little to no A/C off post

In searching off-post, you’ll find many houses don’t offer central A/C unless it’s a newer building. And to make matters worse, A/C can cost you several hundred dollars a month during the summer time. I remember our first summer here, we rented out a 1600 sq ft house with no central A/C but it had three window units. We decided to run all three for one month and our electric bill was $900. Now, our electric bill is usually $150 in the summer running a large fan throughout the day and turning on the A/C in our bedroom at night.

Another point I want to make about A/C is the jalousie windows. As they age, many of the window slats don’t shut properly and can leave as much as an inch gap in your window when you shut it. So if you decide you want to spend extra for A/C, check for gaps that could potentially let your cool air leak out! If you need help with other information related to home search please click here and good luck!

 

-Rose

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Priority Placement Update and Self-Certification Checklist (2019)

Military Guide As I have always understood it.. Priority Placement among other soldier programs is kind of a ‘sign-up here, here’s this paperwork, do it’. Meaning little information is given and you have to work with what you’re given. So I’ve decided to give some background on the program and how the update has changed […] The post Priority Placement Update and Self-Certification Checklist (2019) appeared first on Unearthed...

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As I have always understood it..

Priority Placement among other soldier programs is kind of a ‘sign-up here, here’s this paperwork, do it’. Meaning little information is given and you have to work with what you’re given. So I’ve decided to give some background on the program and how the update has changed it’s utility (I think, for the better).

New Eligibility Requirements

  • You must reside in active duty spouse’s Permanent Duty Station (PDS)
  • Proof of  marriage to active duty spouse (marriage certificate/DoD privilege card)
  • Must meet all pre-employment criteria

Priority Placement was under the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. CPAC is basically the HR department for all civilian jobs. With Priority Placement in the past, you would need to sign up at your duty station’s CPAC office and they would assign an advisor who would help input your credentials into their hiring system. Also, you were only allotted a two-year window with the program.

Now or rather as of April 1st, you can skip the personnel office and submit your info directly into USAjobs. As stated by Air Force Maj Carla Gleason, a Pentagon spokesperson “Spouses will be transitioned out of the PPP to application-based procedures established for all applicants applying through USAJOBS,” Also, there will no longer be a two year expiration on PP and you do not need to be relocated with your active duty spouse to qualify stated by the CHCO counsel listed here. 

Also, I received word that people who are still in the PPP system prior to the change may have received an email from a CPAC rep stating the program is ‘going away’. Please do not be discouraged by that email! It simply means, your PPP under CPAC is no longer a service. If you have any questions over career opportunities, resume, etc please contact your nearest ACS facility for guidance.

I personally could not find a working link for the Military Spouse Priority Placement Self-Certification Checklist, so please click below if you need that info.

After you’ve completed the checklist you will attach it with related documents on USAjobs. You will have to do this for each application you fill out on USAjobs. Also you can click here to download the update message sent to spouses who were in the CPAC system prior to the change and here for further instructions on how to apply PP to USAjobs.

Anyways, good luck with your job search and if you need help creating a federal resume check out this article!

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How to Get a Job on Base: A Guide for who is hiring

Military Guide If you’re anything like me, I knew nothing about my husband’s installation..  I just knew ‘cool, I go to the commissary to save some money on groceries’ and ‘nice, a free gym’. But joining in for the long haul you start to realize the benefit on sticking to your military community and that […] The post How to Get a Job on Base: A Guide for who is hiring appeared first on Unearthed...

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If you're anything like me, I knew nothing about my husband's installation..

 I just knew ‘cool, I go to the commissary to save some money on groceries’ and ‘nice, a free gym’. But joining in for the long haul you start to realize the benefit on sticking to your military community and that every time you move, it’s essentially a restart on your career. So I chose to start working on post and I never regret it!

NAF/MWR jobs

If you look on USAjobs these positions will show up as something like “NAF GS-0303”. It’s important to know that these job opportunities aren’t updated heavily. So I would recommend going to your posts NAF office and talking to them directly with resume in hand. The positions are with the gym, hotel/lodging, and even lifeguard positions. NAF meaning Nonapprioated Funds is the community/wellbeing outlet of the military. They handle most of the family orientated events and facilities so many of the jobs are shift work making it considerably easier for many spouses to join! For more info on how to apply please click here. I would recommend this job if you’re more of the outdoors type!

PX & AFEES

These jobs are great for people with a retail and customer service background. I’m sure you’ve been to one the exchanges before and have seen most of the employees are military spouses. Many of the jobs are cashiers, retail counters, and management positions so check them out! I would definitely recommend these jobs for people who are very energetic and love to chitchat. I will say that these jobs are usually shift-related work and that you will likely be pretty busy depending on the post and lunch hours. Here’s their website.

Childcare related jobs

There are so many different options for childcare related activities on post. There’s Children Youth Services (CYS) for people who enjoy recreational activities with kids and being active. If you’re going through the hiring process, CYS will usually ask if you’re familiar with many team sports. They are looking for candidates who can be active and want to motivate kids, so be prepared to answer any questions related to this topic when applying.

Also, don’t be afraid to go into these offices and ask questions. Most government employees are super open and understanding if you tell them your a military spouse or ex-military.

Depending on the post, The Child Development Center (CDC) is usually looking for all the help they can get. Simply drop by their building with your resume and give them a chat. Also depending on the base, some employees are entitled priority on the waiting list for childcare and some even give small discounts per child registered.

Lastly, there are other options like simply asking neighbors or other military couples if they need someone to look after their children. A great way to find opportunities like this is by posting on a military spouse Facebook groups or joining an app like Care.com.

Post Office

The Post Office usually has multiple jobs to fill and being on post it’s harder to find people who have access to the base. If you’re looking for a job that’s open virtually everywhere with job security I would recommend the Post Office. I believe their benefits and retirement plan aren’t too shabby. I would recommend this job to people who enjoy ‘busy work’ or love to be on their feet more often than not or to people who just want to retire as soon as possible.

Commissary

So I imagine I don’t need to underline what exactly this job entails, the commissary is my favorite grocery store! These are government jobs if you’re applying for cashier or management. Positions like cashier require minimal customer service experience and which is easily attainable for those of us with little background experience. To apply check out their website and USAjobs for more info. 

Military HR department / Contract opportunities

So I actually started off as a contractor under Skyline Ultd. which I loved and gained a lot of experience from! I enjoyed learning more about resources on post and having coworkers from all types of backgrounds. This job is definitely for people who enjoy customer service and office work. Through Skyline you’ll likely be put in a job like DEERs, Travel Office, Reenlistments, etc.

The benefits are pretty good as well because the salaries are based on your region. So say you live somewhere like Hawaii where a gallon of milk costs 7 dollars, they’ll increase your salary to compensate for the difference. To learn more about openings you can always check here or simply walk into your posts Solider Support Center and ask for their hiring manager. They have openings all over the country and they’re looking for people who have a customer service background with some form of military affiliation.

So these are the list of opportunities I found on post and honestly, I was a little intimidated to work here. I have great work experience on the outside I knew all the tricks to get hired but everything on post seems counter-intuitive and it is! If you’re going through the hiring process it’s not about what you know or what sets you apart, it’s about commitment to the job and great sense of hospitality. Always, thank you for reading and hopefully this helps!

Also check out this post on how to create a federal resume and get started on the Priority Placement program here! 

Good luck,

-Rose

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