Sailors' spouses can be reimbursed up to $500 for re-certifying professional licenses after PCSing. The other services have implemented similar programs in response to a study that shows military spouses' unemployment rates increase with every change of duty station. U.S. NAVY
Sailors' spouses can be reimbursed up to $500 for re-certifying professional licenses after PCSing. The other services have implemented similar programs in response to a study that shows military spouses' unemployment rates increase with every change of duty station. U.S. NAVY

Navy to reimburse spouses for professional licensing after a move

by Scott Wyland
Stars and Stripes

Sailors can be reimbursed up to $500 to cover the cost of their spouses’ professional licenses or certifications if an assignment requires them to move to a different state, the Navy announced this week.

“This is part of an ongoing effort to show Navy families we are working to expand family support programs and facilitate spouse employment opportunities,” said Perry Christiansen, lead for the Navy’s family readiness programs policy, in a statement.

Each state has its own licensing requirements and fees for various professions, from doctors and lawyers to midwives and athletic trainers. A license in one state generally can’t be transferred to another, and the cost of applying for recertification in a new state can be burdensome. But without completing the process, spouses often can’t work in their chosen field.

Servicemembers, not their spouses, must apply for the funds, which cover the costs of exams and registration fees.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.587700

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