NAVY SPOUSE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM UPDATE:
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NARR/REF A IS FY23 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT (NDAA), AUTHORIZING THE
INCLUSION OF SPOUSE BUSINESS COSTS INCURRED AS A RESULT OF A PERMANENT CHANGE
OF STATION (PCS) MOVE FROM ONE JURISDICTION TO ANOTHER.
REF B IS SECTION 453 (G) OF TITLE 37, U.S. CODE, REIMBURSEMENT OF QUALIFYING
SPOUSE RELICENSING COSTS INCIDENT TO A MEMBER'S PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION
REF C IS ASN (M&RA) AUTHORIZATION MEMO, MILITARY SPOUSE LICENSURE
REF D IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE 1754-040, MILITARY SPOUSE LICENSURE/BUSINESS
REF E IS SECDEF MEMO, STRENGTHENING OUR SUPPORT TO SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR
RMKS/1. To further support Navy spouses facing unique employment
challenges while serving alongside military members, this NAVADMIN
announces the expansion of several spouse employment programs.
a. This program expands the reimbursement of relicensing costs
to include business costs for business-owning spouses, and extends
the eligibility reimbursement period from 31 December 2024 to 31
December 2029, in line with references (a) through (c).
b. This program will expand MyCareer Advancement Account
(MyCAA) eligibility to include pay grades E-6 and O-3.
c. This program enables portability for professional licenses
2. Expanded Spouse Relicensing/Business Cost Policy:
a. A Service Member may now be reimbursed up to $1,000 for
their spouse's qualified business costs incident to a permanent
change of station (PCS) move. The spouse must have owned a business
at the previous permanent duty station.
b. The term qualified business costs includes moving services
for equipment, equipment removal, new equipment purchases,
information technology expenses and inspection fees incurred by the
c. Reimbursement for business costs is effective for PCS orders
issued on or after 23 December 2022.
d. For complete eligibility information and application
procedures, please see reference (d) located at
e. For more information, including frequently asked questions,
3. MyCAA is a scholarship program providing up to $4,000 in
financial assistance for licenses, certifications, national tests,
or associate degrees to pursue an occupation or career field.
Eligibility includes military spouses of Active Duty Service Members
in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2. Reference
(e) expanded the eligibility to include pay grades E-6 and O-3.
4. Reference (e) also announced that the Service members' Civil
Relief Act (SCRA) now requires professional licenses to be portable
(except for legal practice) for Service Members and their spouses
who relocate between states due to military orders. This amendment
to the SCRA is designed to protect Service Members and their spouses
with professional licenses to retain the use of that license when
they move out of the jurisdiction covered by that license. As this
law is new, each state may have different procedures or
requirements. The Department of Defense states in reference (e)
that it is committed to working with states to promote the sharing
of licensure best practices and the approval of occupational
licensure compacts. This new law does not replace or diminish the
Spouse Licensure Reimbursement Program and spouses can still apply
for reimbursement for a new license.
5. Accessing spouse employment resources is easier with the MyNavy
Family (MNF) Mobile Application. It provides a single source of
authoritative information designed specifically for spouses and
family members. The mobile application includes information on all
available support services to assist family members navigate the
challenges of military life. Download the mobile app via the Navy
App Locker https://www.applocker.navy.mil/#!/apps/A3E45417-7665-4E93-B703-
6. For questions or information on spouse employment resources,
visit your local Fleet and Family Support Center.
7. Released by Vice Admiral Richard J. Cheeseman, Jr., N1.//