Army agencies collaborate to promote diversity, readiness for military spouse employment

By Erica Manning and Dana Justice, IMCOM ID-S Employment Readiness SpecialistsJune 12, 2024

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — The Installation Management Command Directorate-Sustainment and Civilian Human Resources Activity-Army Civilian Career Management Activity have joined forces in a collaborative effort to increase the number of employment opportunities for military spouses and to develop, employ and retain a diverse talent pool of civilians, ultimately enhancing total Army readiness.

According to the latest statistics, the unemployment rate for military spouses is twice the average rate. Additionally, more than 89% of military spouses have some college education. Despite these qualifications, they often face challenges in finding employment that matches their skill set.

As of August 8, 2023, the federal civilian workforce population consisted of approximately 32% minorities, 36% women and with a median age being 47. Recognizing the importance of workforce diversity and the need for appropriate level jobs for military spouses, IMCOM ID-S and CHRA-ACCMA have strategically focused their communication and recruitment efforts towards populations that align with their goals.

One of the key initiatives stemming from this collaboration is the provision of federal resume classes to college students and military spouses. IMCOM ID-S is actively engaged in equipping participants with the necessary skills to navigate USAJOBS, apply for jobs and internships, explore Pathways programs and master the art of writing a federal resume. These classes are offered through both virtual and onsite platforms, ensuring accessibility and convenience for all participants.

“This collaboration is an exceptional opportunity to inform students about the vast array of career prospects within the federal service," said Bernard Walker, ACS lead at IMCOM ID-S. "We are particularly focused on highlighting hard-to-fill positions such as family advocacy specialist, equal employment opportunity managers, child development assistants and more, to attract the best and brightest talent into these crucial roles."

By expanding outreach efforts and equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate federal employment opportunities, IMCOM ID-S and CHRA-ACCMA are actively working towards building a diverse and highly skilled workforce that will contribute to the total Army readiness.

For more information about the collaboration between IMCOM-Sustainment and CHRA-ACCMA, please contact Bernard Walker at bernard.d.walker.civ@army.mil or Tina Manns at tina.manns.civ@army.mil.

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The Installation Management Command-Sustainment (IMCOM-Sustainment) is responsible for providing sustainment support to Army installations worldwide. Their mission is to deliver efficient and effective installation services, infrastructure, and quality of life programs to enable the Army's mission readiness.

The Civilian Human Resources Activity-Army Civilian Career Management Activity (CHRA-ACCMA) is dedicated to managing the careers of Army Civilians. Their mission is to attract, develop, and retain a highly skilled and diverse workforce to support the Army's mission and ensure the readiness of the Total Army.