Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO)
The Department of Defense 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, training, licensing, employment readiness and career connections. The four main components of service delivery for the SECO program are: the MySECO website which provides a comprehensive set of virtual tools and resources to assist military Spouses in the pursuit of their educational and employment goals; the Military OneSource SECO Career Center where certified career counselors provide comprehensive counseling services at no cost; the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship, which is a workforce development initiative that provides up to $$4,000 (with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000) of tuition assistance for licensure and education to eligible military Spouses; and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), which is an employment and career partnership connecting military Spouses with more than 540 partners who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military Spouses in portable careers. Online, in the community, or on the phone, SECO ensures military Spouses have all the opportunities and connections they need to find a career that fits their mobile military life.
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Soldier is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.