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  Military Spouses

Just as military veterans have sacrificed so much in service to our country, so too have their spouses. The Navy and Marine Corps recognize the invaluable contribution of military spouses and welcome their talents and strengths in our civilian workforce.

In the Department of the Navy—and throughout the Federal Government—military spouses have greater opportunities than ever before to be hired as members of the civilian workforce.

In 2009, the President signed an Executive Order that provides a non-competitive appointment authority for hiring certain qualified military spouses, spouses of disabled veterans, and un-remarried widows/widowers of veterans.

 Spouses of Active Duty Military When Accompanying on a Change of Duty Station

Spouses accompanying their military sponsor on a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move who meet all the following conditions:

  • The sponsor must be serving on active duty for more than 180 consecutive days, must have been issued an order for a PCS, and be authorized for dependent travel as part of the PCS orders.
  • The spouse must have been married to the sponsor on or prior to the date of the service member’s orders authorizing the PCS.
  • TThe spouse does not have to relocate to the new duty station in order to apply for non-competitive appointments.
  • Spouses who wish to exercise military spouse preference must relocate with the service member.
  • The position must be in the local commuting area of the sponsor’s new duty station.

Military spouses are eligible for Navy and Marine Corps civilian employment opportunities in two ways:

Non-competitive Appointments (E.O. 13473)

To apply for jobs, search for job opportunities in the Department of the Navy at https://don.usajobs.gov and apply directly to any position for which you meet all the qualification requirements. When applying, select Military Spouse under Executive Order 13473 on the eligibility questionnaire. See also “How to Apply” Tab at the top of the page for Applicant Toolkit information and resources.

Military Spouse Preference (MSP)

To exercise your military spouse preference, search for job opportunities in the Department of the Navy at https://don.usajobs.gov and apply directly to any position for which you meet all the qualification requirements. When applying, select Military Spouse Preference on the eligibility questionnaire. You will be asked to provide documentation that supports your status as a military spouse preference eligible.

 Spouses of Retired, Released or Discharged Veterans

There are two eligibility categories of spouses covered:

  1. Spouses of retired active duty military with a service-connected disability of 100 percent, as documented by a branch of the armed services.
  2. Spouses of active duty members released or discharged from active duty in the armed forces and have a disability rating of 100 percent, as documented by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Spouses who meet either category above can apply to any position for which you meet all the qualification requirements. Your search within the Navy and Marine Corps for civilian employment opportunities can be launched through:

  • Search for job opportunities in the Department of the Navy at https://don.usajobs.gov and apply directly. See also “How to Apply” Tab at the top of the page for Applicant Toolkit information and resources.

 Unmarried Widows/Widowers

This eligibility category is for unmarried widows/widowers whose spouses died while serving on active duty in the armed forces. It is not necessary that the active duty member was killed in combat. The death may have been the result of enemy attack, accident, disease, or natural causes.

Unmarried widows/widowers can apply to any position “Open to U.S. Citizen” for which you meet all the qualification requirements. Your search within the Navy and Marine Corps for civilian employment opportunities can be launched through:

  • Search for job opportunities in the Department of the Navy at https://don.usajobs.gov and apply directly. See also “How to Apply” Tab at the top of the page for Applicant Toolkit information and resources.

 Mothers of Disabled or Deceased Veterans

This eligibility is for mothers who meet one of the below categories:

  1. Mothers of disabled veterans are eligible if your son or daughter was separated with an honorable or general discharge from active duty, including training service in the Reserves or National Guard, AND is permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected injury or illness.
  2. Mothers of deceased veterans are eligible when your son or daughter died under honorable conditions while on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized.

Mothers can apply to any “Open to U.S. Citizen” position for which you meet all the qualification requirements. Your search within the Navy and Marine Corps for civilian employment opportunities can be launched through:

  • Search for job opportunities in the Department of the Navy at https://don.usajobs.gov and apply directly. See also “How to Apply” Tab at the top of the page for Applicant Toolkit information and resources.

 Documentation Requirements

Documentation might include:

  • Proof of marriage to the service member;
  • A copy of PCS orders authorizing the spouse to accompany the service member to a new duty location;
  • Proof the service member was released or discharged due to a 100 percent disability;
  • Proof of the service member’s death while on active duty.