With all the moves military families tend to make, finding--and keeping--a job can be a real challenge for military spouses. And those challenges are magnified when jobs require certifications that don't easily transfer from state to state, or when the spouse doesn't have the advanced skills that might help her or him start a new job somewhere other than the bottom of the ladder. In "Benefits of Pursuing Higher Education: Options for Military Spouses Pursuing Education," we talk about why military spouses should consider going back to school and how they can use distance learning to achieve their career goals.
Having dad or mom return from a deployment can be great for everyone in the family. But after the initial "honeymoon period," many kids--especially those who were very young when the deployment began--can have a lot of trouble adjusting. And plenty of parents--whether they were deployed or stayed at home--have trouble too. In "Returning from Deployment: Helping Young Children Cope," we talk about the four stages families go through when a parent returns from deployment. The last one is the "new normal," but getting there isn't easy. Read the article for some practical tips that can help everyone adjust.
Although only one spouse's signature is on the reenlistment contract, the decision to stay in uniform for another six years is one that affects every single other person in the family. In "When Your Spouse Reenlists," we discuss the many factors that any family considering reenlistment should consider.