Army Spouse Employment Partnership
What is it? The Army Spouse Employment Partnership (ASEP) is a self-sustaining and expanding partnership that is mutually beneficial to the Army and Corporate America. The partnership provides Army spouses the opportunity to attain financial security and achieve employment goals through career mobility and enhanced employment options. Corporate Partners are provided the capability to tap into a readily available, diverse and talented pool of candidates.
What has the Army done? In October 2003, the Army formally signed a Statement of Support with 11 Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and two military agencies who pledged their best efforts to increase employment and career opportunities for spouses. The Army has been conducting ongoing bi-annual meetings chaired by Mr. John P. McLaurin III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Human Resources, since the program inception. Currently, there are 20 ASEP partners from the private sector and the military. In Fiscal Year 2006, ASEP Partners hired more than 5,000 military spouses, bringing the grand total of spouses hired through ASEP to 16,000. Current partner companies include: Adecco, Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), BellSouth, Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Concentra, Inc., CVS/pharmacy, Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA); Dell, Inc., Army Civilian Personnel Office, EURPAC Service Inc., Home Depot, Lockheed Martin, Manpower Inc., Sabre Holdings/Travelocity, Sears Holdings Corporation, Sprint, SunTrust Bank, and United Services Automobile Association (USAA). In October 2006, 5 new partners will sign a Statement of Support with the Army. They are: Affiliated Computer Services, Incorporated; H & R Block; Humana Military Health Services; Social Security Administration; and Stratmar Retail Services.
Since its launch in July 2005, Military Spouse Job Search (www.msjs.org), the ASEP-sponsored jobs and resume database, has proven successful as a portal for military spouses to post resumes, apply for jobs, and obtain career information. ASEP Partners post their military spouse targeted job openings and have access to spouse resumes. As an association page to America’s Job Bank, the vast Department of Labor database, spouses have access to thousands of new jobs daily with military-friendly employers. Currently there are more than 50,500 job postings with the number of job postings changing daily as jobs are filled.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? The Army will continue their support of Soldiers and their families by expanding ASEP partnerships, strengthening local relationships, and working on partner best practices and strategic communication plans.
Why is this important to the Army? A spouse’s satisfaction with Army life is linked to spouse perception of quality-of-life issues, including his or her ability to realize personal and professional goals. Spouse employment emerges as a major determining factor in the retention of high quality military personnel.