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Military Family Support

We know that these department efficiency initiatives affect more than just our service members; they also affect our military families. It is also our responsibility to ensure military families are supported with appropriate tools, resources and information during these transition efforts. The Department and other Federal agencies provide a variety of programs for supporting service members and families during these types of transitions. This page provides links to a variety of resources including information on counseling, career management, and relocation assistance.

Military One Source

Military OneSource
Military OneSource offers 24/7/365 access to information, confidential counseling and referral services at no cost to Service members or their families. Services are available worldwide by telephone, online, and through referrals for face-to-face assistance.

Specific Services Include:
  • Confidential Counseling: Military and Family Life Consultants (MFLCs) and Military OneSource (MOS) counselors provide confidential, non-medical, short term, situational, problem-solving counseling services to address issues that occur across the military lifestyle and help Service members and their families cope with the normal reactions to the stressful situations created by relocation, deployments and reintegration.
  • Non-medical Counseling helps Service members and their families address life skills such as anger management, conflict resolution, parenting, parent/child communication, relationship issues, and marriage enrichment. Non medical counseling also addresses military lifestyle issues including deployment stress, reintegration, relocation adjustment, separation, coping skills, homesickness, loss and grief, etc.

Military Family Support Centers

Military Support Centers
Military Installations provides an overview of each military installation and state programs, including contact information (telephone, fax, emails and website) for Family Centers. Professional staff at installation Family Centers provide counseling, education and formation and referral to support active duty service members and their families. Specific Services include:

  • Relocation Assistance: Relocation Managers assist with all aspects of relocation, including pre-departure and arrival information and preparation. They address issues related to preparing children; renting versus home buying; moving pets; finding child care; school liaison; and any other relevant issues.
  • Financial Assistance: Personal Financial Managers provide financial counseling/consultation services including information and education about budgeting, saving, debt reduction strategies, consumer advocacy and complaint resolution, coordination and referral for emergency funds, and transition and retirement planning.
  • Employment Assistance: Employment Assistance staff assist with educational and volunteer opportunities, career counseling, skills building, and finding employment.
  • Personal and Family Life Counseling and Life Skills Education: Short-term, non-medical counseling and education to promote resilience and family readiness and assist with issues related to deployment, stress, relationships, children, etc. Plan My Move is a personal moving calendar with checklists, phone lists, to do lists and links to critical moving processes and information. Find budget planners, housing applications, household goods customer satisfaction surveys and much more.


MilitaryHOMEFRONT is the Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers.

Military Spouse and Career Programs

The Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program offers spouses assistance with career exploration, education and training, career readiness, and career connections.

  • Spouse Education and Career Opportunities
    Military OneSource Career and Education section offers active duty spouses information on the MyCAA program including transition assistance and training opportunities.
  • Military Spouse Preference Program (Fact Sheet)
    Supports spouses of active duty military members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard and full-time national Guard, who desire priority consideration for competitive service positions at DoD activities in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. Chapter 14 of the PPP Operations Manual contains specific information on registration in this program.
  • Noncompetitive Appointment Authority
    Executive Order 13473, dated September 28, 2008, authorized the noncompetitive appointment of certain military spouses to competitive service positions.

Federal Employment Opportunities

  • USA Jobs

    This Office of Personnel Management site contains Federal job announcements, application forms, a searchable database of available Federal Government jobs, a tool to build a resume online and other tips and tools for jobseekers.

Other Resources

  • AHRN (Automated Housing Referral Network)
    The Automated Housing Referral Network is sponsored by the Department of Defense and is designed to improve the process of securing available housing for relocating military members and their families.
  • Defense Travel Management Office
    The DTMO consolidates, streamlines and centrally manages commercial travel, providing a single, focal point to the Department and industry. This "single face" ensures consistency in the Department's focus, policy and execution, marking a new era in government travel.
  • Defense Personal Property System supports Defense Personal Property Program
    As a centralized, integrated system, Defense Personal Property System (DPS) will support Defense Personal Property Program (DP3) as the one-stop source for managing personal property moves.
  • One-Stop Career Centers
    1-877-US2-JOBS (TTY: 1-877-899-5627).
    One-Stop Career Centers are resources for job seekers and employers. They offer a wide array of employment, training, and education services. There are approximately 3,400 One-Stop Career Centers located throughout the United States. Center contact information can be found at the Web site or by calling the toll free phone number.
  • Electronic Sponsorship Application and Training (eSAT)
    Electronic Sponsorship Application and Training (eSAT) is designed to support military service members assigned the responsibility of unit sponsorship. The application contains online training for sponsors. This short course provides an overview of the resources and tools available to assist a sponsor in completing the sponsorship duties. It links the sponsor to all DoD and Service websites supporting the Permanent Change of Station process to include those of Military OneSource. It contains a downloadable checklist of the sponsor's duties and a printable certificate for your records.
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The documents on this website are for general information purposes only. References to particular transition actions (Ex: Base Realignment and Closure - BRAC, Transfer of Function - TOF, Reduction in Force - RIF) do not in any way indicate that is the action being taken by your organization or that the action affects any particular individual. For specific information on the transition action being taken at your activity and its effects, if any, on you, please contact your local human resources office.

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