Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO)

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

Summary:

The Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) Program provides expert education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide. SECO offers comprehensive information, tools and resources to support career exploration, education and training, employment readiness and career connections. The three main components of service delivery for the SECO program are: the Military OneSource SECO Career Center where certified counselors provide comprehensive counseling services at no cost; the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship, which is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance for education to eligible military spouses; and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which is an employment and career partnership connecting military spouses with more than 160 military-friendly partner employers who have pledged to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. Online, in the community, or on the phone, SECO ensures spouses have all the opportunities and connections they need to find a career they love that fits their mobile military life.

Eligibility:

All spouses of Retired Army Soldiers are eligible for DoD Spouse Education and Career Opportunities services for 180 days post retirement date. Spouses of Retired Service Members who have been serviced under the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) are eligible for life.

Spouses of Retired Army Soldiers are ineligible for MyCAA. Eligibility for MyCAA financial assistance is restricted to spouses of active duty Soldiers, who are serving on Title 10 orders, and in the pay grades E1-E5, WO1-CW2, and O1- O2.

Benefit Highlights:

The Military OneSource SECO Career Center. Comprehensive counseling services are available at no cost to all eligible military spouses through the career center accessible by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647. Staffed by certified career counselors, the career center can help military spouses with:

  • Career exploration. Counselors help spouses identify their career interests and aptitudes. They provide information about today's job market and work opportunities, including portable skills and careers, entrepreneurship and federal employment options.
  • Education, training and licensure. Counselors help spouses learn about education options and licensing or credentialing requirements. They also help spouses identify, compare and weigh the costs of potential schools and programs to help them reach their education and career goals.
  • Employment readiness. Counselors help spouses prepare to join or re-enter the workforce and receive information and assistance with job search strategies, resume writing, interviewing, networking and self-marketing skills.
  • Career connections. Counselors educate spouses on how best to connect with corporations, government organizations and non-profits, and how to leverage resources such as the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, Hiring Our Heroes Hiring Fairs, USAJobs and more.
    • Counseling services are available six days a week, through specialty consultations with certified career counselors.
    • The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance for eligible spouses to meet their education, licensing or certification goals.
    • Military Spouse Employment Partnership is a career partnership connecting military spouses to more than 160 military-friendly partner employers who have pledged to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. To help with their introduction, spouses are encouraged to self-identify when applying with or contacting these employment partners.
    • Installation employment readiness staff supports SECO services. They provide an opportunity for face-to-face support and can connect spouses to classes on topics such as resume writing, interviewing skills, federal employment, job search strategies, dressing for success, job fairs, career assessments and others. They are also the experts on job opportunities in and around their locale and can offer advice and guidance on topics such as appropriated funds vs. nonappropriated funds employment, overseas work Visas and spouse preferences.

Additional Information:

To speak with a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Counselor call 1-800-342-9647 or visit:
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/seco

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Overview:
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/seco?content_id=269424

For more information on MyCAA, visit the MyCAA Spouse Portal:
https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/default.aspx

MyCAA Fact Sheet:
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/Project%20Documents/MilitaryHOMEFRONT/MyCAA/FactSheet.pdf

Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) Career Portal: https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil

Document Review Date: 1 July 2013