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Handbook 10-02
October 2009

Spouse Education and Employment

How do I use my extra time in the IET environment to my advantage? Time as an IET spouse can provide an excellent opportunity to further your personal education. However, consider education and employment carefully before launching into them during an IET assignment. Your commitments in childcare and the time your cadre spouse is away from the house, may make both of these options difficult. If you can do them without Family stress added, great!

You and your Family members have great military educational benefits. Go to the links below for more scholarship information.

Spouse Scholarship -

AER Scholarship - -

New GI Bill -

In an IET environment you may work outside of the home in competitive jobs. It can be a hassle to worry about what jobs will be available at your next duty location. The Spouse Preference Program provides priority in government hiring for spouse's relocating to accompany their military sponsor on a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move to an IET environment. More Spouse Preference Program information can be found at:

If you are not interested in a full or part time job, volunteerism is a great opportunity to learn new skills or enhance existing skills. While volunteering, you will gain experience in the workforce and contribute to the community. Check with your local Army Community Service (ACS) for a volunteer listing. Some activities include providing daycare to children, tutoring, job training, speaking in public, and writing newsletters.


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