FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- A new rule took effect Friday that allows qualified military spouses to be hired for federal jobs non-competitively.

Eligible are spouses of active-duty service members who move because of a permanent change of station; spouses of separated or retired service members, who are 100-percent disabled; and unmarried widows and widowers of service members who died on active duty.

Spouses have up to two years after a PCS move to make use of the rule, but can do so only once per PCS move. Applicants must meet the qualifications required to fill the position.

Fort Jackson Army Community Services Employment Readiness and the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center will be offering seminars for interested spouses. The classes are scheduled for Oct. 20 and 27 and Nov. 3, 10-11 a.m. To register, call 751-4862.