By John Vandiver
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes
STUTTGART, Germany — A new study confirms what many military spouses know from experience: Finding gainful employment is no easy task.
The Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University on Wednesday announced the results of a national study focused on military spouse employment, which found that 90 percent of female spouses reported being underemployed or overqualified for the positions they hold. Military spouses also earn 38 percent less than their civilian counterparts, while also being 30 percent more likely to be unemployed, the report stated.
“The results of the 2013 Military Spouse Employment Survey demonstrate a need for concerted efforts to improve the employment issues currently faced by military spouses,” said retired Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, MOAA president, in a news release.
Frequent moves were cited as a chief difficulty in finding employment.