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Find employment resources and tips from civilian male military spouses and experts. Get tips on maintaining a career, finding a job, building a resume and standing out in a work interview. 

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Career Panel

Cultural awareness of the male military spouse lifestyle is missing from traditional military spouse support programs. We aspire to educate and encourage synergy between career-minded male military spouses and future employers.

Please contact Macho Spouse with any questions, tips, or comments. Up-to-date male spouse career information will be posted on a regular basis.

Chris Pape - Senior Advisor Chris Hillman - Secretary Glen Mixon Patrick Donaldson Stephen Shephard

Macho Spouse and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) have joined forces to help male military spouses find (and keep) meaningful, male-specific employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

A volunteer team of dedicated and focused male military spouses representing all ranks and services from across the country has already begun to work. This page will be dedicated to posting all results and information from the group; as well as, biographies and contact information of the team members.

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Employment

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Military Spouse Employment, Assistance, Partnerships, Job, Career, Work 

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In Gear Career

In Gear Career logoIn Gear was started by Career Minded Military Spouses for Career Minded Military Spouses. We operate on the principle that in every location and in every occupation, Military Spouses will always seek opportunities to help each other find and pursue fulfilling employment.

We seek to build community, expand professional networks, share resources and learn from each other. We expand the impact of existing government programs by addressing the specific needs of spouses whose professional career trajectories are interrupted by frequent moves and deployments. We target professional employment and career progression NOT just job placement.

 

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MSCCN

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The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) provides no-cost employment readiness and vocational training, and one-on-one job placement services for military spouses, and caregivers of war wounded.

Through its employment readiness training and job placement services, MSCCN works one-on-one with its employment partners and funding supporters to reduce the rate of unemployment of veterans, National Guard, reservists, and their spouses by preparing them for their job search (translating skills, preparing resumes, interview skills, etc.) while working directly with corporate recruiters to match these military service members and veterans with jobs that complement and fully utilize their qualifications, experience, and education. Individual programs are also in place to serve caregivers to the war-wounded – the extremely under-served, military-affiliated applicants who have exceptional difficulty finding employment.

 

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Videos

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Macho Spouse videos contain interviews from current and former male military spouses, military family and relationship counselors, military spouse career and entrepreneur experts; as well as a variety of other individuals who have an in-depth knowledge of what it takes to be a happy, successful, strong, supportive person in military family life.

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Immediate Consequences for Career Military and Families - MOAA

MOAASheild2.jpgWe are highlighting a situation of immediate concern to all military families. Jim Carman, MOAA (Military Officer's Association of America) Transition Director posted the following message with a call to action at the end. Please help spread this message and make our politicians keep their promises to all of our families.


MOAA's legislative advocacy team is closely monitoring movement of the budget bill through the legislative process.  The two-year bipartisan budget deal passed by the House last week will help ease the harmful effects of sequestration at the expense of working age military retirees and career active duty service members.


The proposal includes a provision that would reduce the annual cost-of-living adjustment by one percent until military retirees reach the age of 62.  For example, an E-7 retiring this year with 20 years of service would see an average loss of over $3,700 per year by the time he or she reaches age 62 – a cumulative loss of $83,000.00.  For an O-5, the average annual loss would be over $6,200 per year by age 62 – for a cumulative loss of $125,000.00.
MOAA President Vice Admiral Norb Ryan stated, “A 20 percent reduction in retired pay and survivor benefit values is a very substantial cut in military career benefits and does not represent good faith to our men and women in uniform.”


Another provision of legislation moving through the Senate this week omitted a critical provision that would have guaranteed service members a 1.8 percent pay raise for 2014 in accordance with private sector wage growth.  Without that protection, the President's executive authority, transmitted to Congress in September, will set the 2014 military pay raise at 1 percent.



The Senate is expected to take up these bills this week.  To date, military members have responded in force with over 151,000 messages sent to Capitol Hill voicing objection to these provisions which disproportionately impact military families and survivors.
Don't stop now.  If you share MOAA's concern with this aspect of the proposed budget agreement and accompanying military pay raise, consider sending Senate members and the White House a MOAA-suggested message imploring them to reject this radical proposal that breaks faith with current and future military retirees, and threatens long-term readiness and retention in the uniformed services.  Go to www.moaa.org and click on the “Reject Military Retiree COLA Cut” graphic in the center of the MOAA homepage. Thanks for your support on this critical issue affecting military morale, retention of the career force and ultimately national security.

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Gunsmithing Tips: Proper Barrel Cleaning

Cleaning your rifle barrel regularly is as important as changing the oil in your vehicle. Without proper cleaning, the rifle will not perform optimally and can become damaged. Always check twice to ensure the rifle is unloaded before starting.

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Macho Spouse Has A New Sponsor!

Macho Spouse is excited to announce our new partnership with the Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) and their School of Firearms Technology (SFT).

Throughout the year, SDI will provide Macho Spouse with content on Gunsmithing, firearms, and different educational opportunities. In fact, we will be introducing a new Macho Spouse Scholarship to their School of Firearms Technology in May!

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Rant #1 from The Old Fart

I am Crazy Dave Etter, also known as Old Fart. Imagine the surprise of over 200 women in a historically all female attendance annual Army event called "Spouse Appreciation Night" when this 6 foot 300+ guy walks in and makes himself at home...

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Male Military Spouses: Check out the re-designed MachoSpouse.com

I completed the website re-design and website development for the MachoSpouse.com website and it is now live!

MachoSpouse.com is an online resource and informational hub for male military spouses. It's a positive, pro-active project designed to help guys deal with current military life issuesthrough the use of video, online networking and communication.

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2013 MOAA Military Spouse Symposium: The Scoop From Macho Spouse

2013 MOAA Military Spouse Symposium: The Scoop From Macho Spouse was originaly written for MOAA Spouse Blog: Making it in the MilLife.

When I was asked to participate during this year's MOAA Spouse Symposium, I couldn't refuse. Sure I am insanely busy with work and my travel budget didn't include a 2900 mile trip to Tacoma, but these were the popular kids calling.

 

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How To Nitre Blue Gunmetal Without Nitre Salts

If you are a gun enthusiast who enjoys light gunsmithing projects, you will be interested to know that you can nitre blue gun metal without using salts. To use nitre salts, you have to heat the solution, slowly dip the parts in and hope that they come out looking even. It is definitely a process that requires multiple practice runs before attempting to nitre any actual gun parts. However, there is a much simpler solution if you want to nitre blue your gun metal. Simply do it with heat and without tedious salts.

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New Army Study is Seeking Male Military Spouses

I have focused the last 10 years of my career as a research psychologist on trying to better understand the needs, struggles, and success of military couples and families. I've worked with hundreds of couples, given numerous presentations, published several articles, received multiple research grants … yet it is quite clear to me that in some ways, I have failed in my efforts.

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Take Your Smoothie and Suck It

So this post on Stars and Stripes is currently making the rounds on social media and is kicking up quite a bit of dust. Historically I'm a sucker for these types of “opinion pieces” primarily because I love reading the comments, and the follow-up commentary on this post didn't disappoint. However, most people seemed to have missed Mr. Duffy's thinly veiled insult to military family members; as well as, a very lousy marketing and public relations policy.

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Tips for Those Getting Close to Retirement or Separation

Some pretty good tips for those nearing separation or retirement.
 
 
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Welcome To Macho Spouse

MachoSpouse.com, an online resource and informational hub for male military spouses. Macho Spouse is a positive, pro-active project designed to help guys deal with current military life issues  through the use of video, online networking and communication.

 

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Christopher Hillman - Secretary - Macho Spouse Career Advisement Board

Chris Hillman - SecretaryChristopher.Hillman@yahoo.com

Chris Hillman is the epitome of an amateur Renaissance man and has spent most of his days learning several fields. Since earning his undergraduate degree in Business Administration (American Intercontinental University) and a masters degree in Public Administration (National University), Chris has worked in logistics as a manager and trainer, spent time as a sous chef, was an assistant to the Director of Student Affairs at (Western University of Health Sciences) and worked as a freelance reference writer. He is also the co-founder and former Community Project Leader for Phoenix Rising, a non-profit organization created to help raise the GPAs of students from 1st - 12th grade and lower the drop out rate in L.A. County.

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Glen C. Mixon - Macho Spouse Career Advisement Board

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Glen Mixon is a Texas native who joined the US Army in 1988 as a Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanicwhere he met his future wife Jennifer, who had just enlisted in the US Air Force.  They married in 1990.  After honorably serving our nation for 4 years, Glen went on to attend Clovis Community College where he was awarded multiple scholarships, made the Dean's List and eventually earned a Certificate in Automotive Technology (1994).  All while supporting his active-duty Air Force wife and raising their one, and only, son Zachary. 

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Patrick Donaldson - Macho Spouse Career Advisement Board

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Patrick is a native of Australia where he studied Commercial Cookery at Campbelltown Technical and Further Education College.  He has worked in a variety of establishments including private households, hotels, restaurants and corporate boardrooms.  Patrick has also worked and studied in a customer call center where he attained “Associates in Telecommunications: Call Centre Operations.”  At the call center, he started as an entry-level representative working the phones and quickly advanced to an Assistant Team leader and Quality Call Coach.  Patrick has also worked in a variety of other fields including, contract cleaning, landscaping and was an assistant SCUBA instructor. He has also volunteered to assist the Bahraini Coast Guard as a Search and Rescue Diver.

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Stephen M. Shepard - Macho Spouse Career Advisement Board

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Stephen started out like all other teens and flipped burgers at McDonald's.  After graduating from high school, Stephen set out to find what he wanted to do in life.  College was not on the horizon (yet) so he did what many 18 year old men do, joined the military.

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Being Dad

Never really thought about that word “dad” until I became one. However, I focus more on it now than ever before. I find that the word “dad” means more to me today because my own father wasn't there for me when I was growing up, and he's still not around, not even for his own granddaughter.

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Carpe Diem!

Carpe Diem is the Latin term for seize the day.  

I've seen on social media, and the news, some folks complaining about the “would've/could've” aspect of their life.  

Far too often people talk about things they wish they could have or should have done.  

Being married to the military, I find myself slipping into that trap more and more often because my wife's Navy career can keep me from pursuing certain passions.

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Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) provides military spouses the opportunity and financing to receive the training and education needed for portable careers that will persist during the military lifestyle of multiple relocations.

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Start a Career in Gunsmithing

Have you ever thought of a career in Gunsmithing?

America is a country built on traditions, and firearm ownership is a tradition that has been with us since the beginning. More than a third of Americans report having a firearm in their house, or on their property.

The firearms industry has seen a massive increase in sales in recent years. 2012 set a record for the highest recorded number of sales in a given year, and 2013 even broke that record. With CNN reporting record-breaking Black Friday gun sales in 2014 - over three a second for a total of over 175,000 on that single day - the firearms industry shows little indication of slowing down.

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In Gear Career

In Gear was started by Career Minded Military Spouses for Career Minded Military Spouses.

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10 Tips to Make a Portable Career as a Civilian Male Military Spouse

As a new civilian male military spouse, you will come to a point when you will have to make a decision about your career.

One tip on ho How to make a portable caree is:

Think "Portable" at all times.

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5 Portable Careers for Civilian Male Military Spouses

Making a portable career requires hard, smart work, but it is possible.

There are plenty of guys who have made their careers portable.

You can do it, too!

Here are 5+ Portable Careers for Civilian Male Military Spouses.

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Employment Information and Resources for Civilian Male Military Spouses

Veteran, military transition, and military spouse employment and training resources for service members transitioning from the military back to living a civilian life, veterans seeking gainful employment, and military spouses seeking employment.

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5 Tips to a Successful Military Spouse Career Search

You know, I started Macho Spouse because I couldn't find a job in my career field during our last PCS. Most of us military spouses have probably gone through similar depressing job-searches. But after two years of unemployment, here I am, back in the job market and gainfully employed. This time, however, I have a whole new appreciation for what it takes to land that next job. The following is a short list of what I learned during my latest employment drought.

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Automotive Careers! Have you thought about it?

We were looking around and found this advice at Mr.Dad.com and thought we would shar with you. It certainly is a career field that is, parden the pun, very mobile.

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CASY and MSCCN Career Corps Training Program

Civilian male miltary spouses can volunteer and build their resumes with actual work experince and professional skills through the CASY and MSCCN Career Corps Training Program. This is not a typical volunteer program!

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Contractor vs Employee

So, you have a job offer and the employer offers you employment as either an independent contractor or an employee. You figure that since your wife is in the military, you don't need the insurance and your paycheck will be bigger without all that withholding taken out.

 

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Hiring Our Heroes: Teaching Employers To Hire Military Veterans And Spouses

I write about military financial independence, but Im getting a lot of e-mail about navigating the drawdown and starting a bridge career. Im also hearing from Reserve and National Guard servicemembers about balancing their military careers with their civilian employers. Veterans (and military spouses) know that their transition to a civilian career will be like transferring to a duty station in a foreign country. Theyll spend lots of time explaining their military skills and achievements to civilians and translating their military culture into a foreign language.

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Leveraging LinkedIn to Find Career Opportunities

Job hunters know LinkedIn as the social network that caters primarily to job seekers and recruiters. Users create professional profiles and highlight job experience, internships and educational achievements. Yet there is more to leveraging the power of LinkedIn than merely creating a profile.

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Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)

 

The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) provides no-cost employment readiness and vocational training, and one-on-one job placement services for military spouses, and caregivers of war wounded.

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Military Spouse Employment Survey

Hey guys, have you taken this survey yet?  Stuff like this is important because it may help you find work in the future, as well as, future generations of military spouses!

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Planning a Career as a Military Spouse? Think Portability!

Article by Craig Gilman, Faculty Member at American Military University

Joining the military means a life of training exercises and deployments away from home, not to mention periodic transfers with little choice of duty stations that can be found in countries half a world away. What comes with all that is a career, even if only for a few years, that provides opportunities for personal growth and satisfaction, professional challenge and reward, career development, and leadership opportunities that build a stronger resume.

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How To Start Your Own Business

How my wife and I met. A little about our life and how I started my own business!

My name is Josh Vittetoe. I am 27 years old and have been married to my wonderful wife Jennifer Vittetoe (24) for almost 7 years. We have two boys, Jack (6 months) and Tannar (5 years). We are currently stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada.

My wife has been in the Air Force for 3 years and is a Senior Airman. She is deploying in a coulpe weeks for the first time.

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Military Spouse Business Association

At Macho Spouse, we know the challenges civilian male military spouses face when it comes to finding gainful employment and dealing with career loss. We encourage civilian male military spouses to consider entrepreneurship as a possible way of making this lifestyle work.

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Entrepreneurship Fundamentals: Becoming the Entrepreneurial CEO

A CEO is that one person who embodies the entirety of the business they represent.

They internalize everything about the business and then direct their energy and effort into making good decisions that (hopefully) fall in line with strategies designed to grow the business into profitability.

Posted in Entrepreneuer
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Marine Veteran/Male Military Spouse - Scentsy? Yep!

He is selling Scentsy stuff.  Guys, THIS is the type of creativity, determination, and courage it takes to be a successful business person as a miltiary spouse!  When we asked how this new venture came about, this is what Andrew said:

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Military Spouses check out the Inc. Military Entrepreneurs Program

As a military spouse, I am constantly searching for resources and helpful information about employment and entrepreneurship to pass on to other military spouses.

 

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Which is More Risky, Entrepreneurship or Trying to find Defense-Related Employment After Separation?

Earlier this year I attended my Transition Assistance Program (TAP) class ahead of my planned 1 August 2014 retirement.  After completing the week of training with 25 other military members (both officers and enlisted), I was left with some thoughts about the program and life after the military.

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Who Gets My Holiday Donation?

My mom was looking to make a holiday donation to a trustworthy non-profit organization that supports military families, but she had no idea where to give. 

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30 Ways of Thanks

November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #7

You can make an immediate, direct, positive impact on a military family by helping a military spouse find work in their profession. Say thank you by flexing your network to help a military spouse make a professional connection.

 

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Get in the Game

By John Aldrich, AVP, Military Relations at American Military University

Movember, the grass roots movement to raise awareness about men's health issues is nearly complete, and for those of you who are growing a mustache to show support for the cause, I salute you. For those who didn't participate or weren't aware of Movember, there is always next November.

Just like the mustaches of the Men of Movember, male military spouses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are stay-at-home dads, some run businesses from home, and others balance careers outside the home and taking care of the family.

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Where To Get Coronavirus Updates For Military Spouses


The Department of Defense is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus disease outbreak. Check back for the latest information on COVID-19. We will be updating this page regularly.

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I Will SAVE America

Did you know a total of 66% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, with a whopping 34% of those being obese.  And did you know that a little over 9 million children in America are overweight or obese?  Can you believe that a total of $1.7 trillion dollars goes toward treating overweight Americans annually?

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Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair and Career Forum January 16 2013 Fort Belvoir VA

Military Spouse Business Alliance Hiring Fair and Career Forum

Fort Belvoir, VA
Fort Belvoir Community Center
1200 Taylor Road
January 16, 2013
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Military Spouse Business Alliance presented by Capital One is bringing you a one-of-a-kind Hiring Fair and Career Forum exclusively for spouses of active duty, guard, reserves and retired veteran population. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Our career forum and hiring fair features:

  • Employers looking for and committed to hiring military spouses, including MSEP partners.
  • Presentations to help spouses plan a career in a highly mobile enviornment.
  • Resume help so you can edit improved resumes on site.

Employers and job seekers must pre-register for this FREE event at:

HOH.GREATJOB.NET

Registration for employers closes on January 10th.

For registration questions, please contact us at hiringourheroes@uschamber.com or call
202-463-5807.

Simply Hired Job Search

Search millions of job listings from across the web. Find local jobs, salary comparisons, and employment trends at Simply Hired. New jobs added daily.

Veterans Job Bank

The Veterans Job Bank powered by NRD.gov provides Veterans with a central source for identifying Veteran-committed employment opportunities and assists America’s employers in identifying qualified Veterans. A key part of the White House’s ongoing commitment to improve access to employment opportunities for transitioning Service Members and Veterans, it facilitates access to hundreds of thousands of private-sector job openings specifically targeted at Veterans.

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The First Male Military Spouse Day and Scholarship Giveaway

The School of Firearms Technology (SFT) at Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) and Macho Spouse have announced the first ever Male Military Spouse Day dedicated to the male spouses of America's service members.

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Rune of the Apprentice - A Novel Written by a Male Military Spouse

Hello male military spouse community! My name is Jamison Stone and I am the spouse of Staff Sergeant Rebecca Bainbridge of the United States Army Field Band at Fort Meade, Maryland. Because of her assignment, my wife, and the rest of her company, are on tour and away from their families for over 100 days out of the year.

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Military Officers Association of America

Civilian male military spouses should know about this influential organization that advocates for military officers and their families.

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National Military Spouse Network (NMSN)

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The National Military Spouse Network (NMSN) - the pre-eminent networking, mentoring and professional development organization committed to the education, empowerment and advancement of military spouses.

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Money and Finance Information and Resources

Comprehensive coverage on active duty and veterans financial benefits, money, taxes, VA loans and all other matters related to planning and securing a financial future.

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Conversations from the Men's Room - What is the Rule of 72?

One of the great resources we have at Macho Spouse is the Men's Room for Military Spouses (sorry ladies, this is a private Facebook page designed for all male military spouses only).  We plan to start sharing some of the more informative/interesting conversations on our website, the thread below is our first "share."  Some of the names have been hidden for privacy purposes, see if you can figure out which names are fake...

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Male Military Spouse Demographics

We've recently been talking with Doug Nordman, a fellow Macho Spouse and he has graciously offered to share some of his advice with us all. You see Doug is a very smart man that made some awesome financial choices during his career in the Navy and as a Sailor's spouse. Both Doug and his wife retired as Millionaires. Over the next several months we will be sharing his blog and asking questions to help us all gain a little financial independance. 

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Nurturing the Money Tree: Creating Income - Part 1

It seems that the subject of employment comes up whenever money is tight, when the kids are all finally in school, or you PCS to a new duty station. I can't tell you how many times I have thought about getting a job outside of our home just so we could have a little wiggle room in the budget.

 

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Nurturing the Money Tree: Owning a Small Business- Part 2

In Part 1 of Nurturing the Money Tree we chatted about creating income by working for someone else. But if you are like me, maybe working for someone else isn't for you, and many military spouses actually choose to own their own businesses.  I know I did.

 

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What is an Active-Duty Entrepreneur?

An active-duty entrepreneur is a military service member or spouse who deliberately plans and carries out the steps required to conceptualize, develop, and (perhaps) launch a small business while still on active duty.

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Meet the dads who are redefining the role of a military spouse Today Feature

By Stephanie Larratt and Adam Kaufman

Jeremy and Renae Hilton were both active duty military when their first child was born 17 years ago with special needs. One of them had to step back from their career to provide full-time care for their daughter, and Jeremy decided it would be him. He left the Navy while Renae continued her Air Force career, making him one of a small but growing number of male military spouses.

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Macho Spouse - Male Military Spouses on Facebook

Macho Spouse is an educational video series and online resource for male military spouses. The Macho Spouse mission is to help male military spouses connect with one another and assure that we are not alone in this military family lifestyle.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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MachoSpouse Beer Blogger - Aaron Brodniak

First, I would like to thank Macho Spouse's founder Chris Pape for all of his past, current and future hard work and dedication for the male military spouse community. Also, I want to thank Macho Spouse for the opportunity to write about one of my favorite subjects, BEER! In this blog I will write about beer from a consumer perspective, home brewer and craft beer professional.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Man to Man with William McEvoy: Depression

Get to know William and learn what created his depression as he speaks openly about a difficult career arc and a strong desire to be a contributing partner within his marriage.  

Male military spouses and stay-at-home-dads of all ages and experiences may relate to William's story.

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Man-to-Man with William McEvoy Beating Depression

Depression affects quite a few male military spouses and not everyone handles it the same way, some better than others.  In part two of William McEvoy's Man-to-Man interview, William shares how he has been able to successfully manage his own fight with depression.  We're not saying this is the best way to beat all forms of depression.  His strategy worked for him, it may not work for you.  Either way, this interview is a good place to start for those who feel they may need help.

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Man to Man: Bill Keller - Basic Male Military Spouse Advice

Bill Keller is an Air Force male military spouse married to Major General Suzanne Vautrinot. Between Bill and his spouse, they have over 50 years of military life experience and have lived all over the world. We broke or cardinal rule of never divulging a spouse's rank because Bill has had unique opportunities to meet and communicate with many different types of military families that many of us may never have.

Guys (and gals), this man has real military marriage experience.  Listen to some of his insight and learn what it takes to make a happy, healthy marriage in this crazy lifestyle.  

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Man-to-Man with Patrick Donaldson

2013 Military Spouse of the Year candidate, Patrick Donaldson sits down with Macho Spouse to share his story and offer some relationship advice to young military families.  

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So You Want To Marry An Active Duty Military Service Member?

This series will answer a few questions about what your getting into as well as what it may be like to be married to a female active duty service member.

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Today as a Male Military Spouse - Listen and Laugh

My wife has a bit of a challenge now as she adapts to her new position. I asked her how her day went and she told me. Today as a Male Military Spouse (civilian husband married to a military wife), I learned to Listen and Laugh.

Things I learn as a Civilian Male Military Spouse by Taurus James

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Education Information For Male Military Spouses

Male military spouses find themselves looking to advance their education and skills have many fifferent challenges. The following is some good information from Military Benefits.

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Military Spouse Education Assistance Programs

The following information points to many different Military Spouse  Education Assistance Programs. 

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Tips For Male Military Spouses Choosing Online Education

Male military spouses find themselves looking to advance their skill set and have a great opportunity with a scholarship from MyCAA. The challenges of course are attending classes on campus when you may end up having to move before the end of a semester.

Many spouses turn to online education which is a great option. While online courses are a good fit. You need to make sure the school has a solid reputation. The key to a great online education is finding the right online education provider. Every man should know what to look for.

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What is MIC3 and what does it have to do with Children of Military Families?

This series will answer a few questions about what your getting into as well as what it may be like to be married to a female active duty service member.

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I wish I had a Jack

Guys, the APA has determined that men and women share cognitive skills, we are fundamentally the same. The whole notion of guys being better at math and women being better at communication is simply a social construct. I firmly believe that statement, but that doesn't change the social construct.

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Chris Pape - Senior Advisor - Macho Spouse Career Advisement Board

Chris Pape - Senior Advisorchris@MachoSpouse.com

Chris Pape, a 1995 graduate from the University of Cincinnati, is a multiple, national award-winning video producer with over 15 years of experience developing educational video productions for public school systems, large corporations, small businesses and state governments.  He is also a civilian male military spouse and has been for over 10 years; in those 10 years Chris has been through three military moves, two deployments, countless TDY's, six job changes, one career change that quickly brought him back to his original career, and a few months of un-employment in between.

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MSEJ - Military Service Employment Journal, December 2012

MSEJ_201212.jpgCheck out the December 2012 Military Service Employment Journal from MSCCN.

Career Advice: PCS Job Search Tips - An employment search can be very daunting, especially in a new area. Here are four tips that really helped me find a position
after our last PCS.

Ask The Experts: Sometimes there are issues with your
job search. You feel like you are spinning your wheels and not really going anywhere – and you wonder why and how you can change it. Below are some questions we have had asked in the last few months that we felt would be helpful to everyone in their job search. We are here to
help should you need any further information or assistance!

'Tis the season to start your job search? Try filling your stockings with cash by landing that dream job going into the New Year. “What do you want for Christmas this year?” If you are answering this age old question with “Dear Santa, I want a new job!” Give yourself an early
gift, just make a visit to MSCCN and CASY for an early present of no-cost employment readiness, on the job training, direct connect, and one-on-one job placement services.

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MSEJ - Military Service Employment Journal, November 2012

MSEJ-201211.jpgCheck out the November 2012 Military Service Employment Journal from MSCCN.

Career Advice: Do you look at yourself as a business? If you want a successful business, you first have to have a business plan. The same rules apply to a career plan you should apply to your "Professional Self".

Portable Careers: Tired of Changing Careers? Try just moving it! What is the definition of a portable career? A portable career is a career in which you are not bound to stay in one location. It's a career that allows you the freedom to decide where you want to live, be it a new city, a new state, or a new country! It's a job that goes and grows with you.

As a military spouse, you are not guaranteed to be in the same place for a long time. Duty calls, not just for the service member, but for the entire family. The spouse is the one that needs to be able to hold it all together and keep things running right.

Once you get a job, you dread the day that you have to walk into your boss's office and explain to him that orders have come in for your entire family, because that's the way it is. Your children have to say goodbye to their schools, friends, teachers, and you have to say goodbye to your friends, co-workers, and job. But why say goodbye? Wouldn't it be better to say “Out of the office, will be back in a week”?

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2013 MOAA Spouse Symposium Recap

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Lucky number seven. That's what this year's annual MOAA spouse symposium was – though it was a lot more than luck that made the day great. It was the 300 military spouses from across the Pacific Northwest who made the cold trek through Seattle-Tacoma traffic to spend a day at MOAA's 7th Annual Military Spouse Symposium. Here's what we learned, what made us cry, what made us laugh, and who made a special appearance.

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Macho Spouse Chris Pape on USMC Life Radio

Semper Feisty with USMC LifeMacho Spouse Founder Chris Pape talks with Kristine and Jackie, of Semper Feisty Radio with USMC Life, about civilian male military spouses, the Macho Spouse project and making life work as a male military spouse. You can listen to Kristine and Jackie interview Chris in the second segment of the Semper Feisty radio show, starting at 25:50.

Chris shares how the Macho Spouse project started as a result of PCS that left him unable to find a job in his career field. He also shares insight into the growing number of civilian male military spouses and the similarities and differences between civilian male military spouses and their female counterparts. Also, you can hear Chris explain why he chose the name "Macho Spouse" for the project.

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Macho Spouse Chris Pape to Represent Male Military Spouses at MOAA Military Spouse Symposium

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)This Friday, Macho Spouse Chris Pape will represent male military spouses at the 7th annual Military Spouse Symposium hosted by our friends at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Chris will be one of the featured speakers at the event to talk about the support network for male military spouses we have here at Macho Spouse.

Military spouses, service members and veterans are invited to attend the 2013 MOAA Military Spouse Symposium “Keeping a Career on the Move,”  hosted by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

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Male Military Spouses Cope With Added Challenges, Expert Says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2011 – Brian Campbell knew some challenges were in store for him after he left his Navy career to follow his military wife across the country.

But what he didn't count on were the additional challenges brought on not by his status as a military spouse, but by his gender.

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Military Spouse Appreciation Day Virtual Career Fair by Veteran Recruiting Services

Did you know that there are virtual career fairs held that allow you to meet and interact with recruiters from the comfort of your own home? Check out this press release from Veteran Recruiting Services about an upcoming virtual career fair for military spouses.

 

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Military Spouse Connections Looking for Military Spouse Entrepreneur

For those of you in or near Colorado Springs, Colorado, Military Spouse Connections is looking for a military spouse entrepreneur for their upcoming event.

From Military Spouse Connections:

Attention military spouses in the Colorado Springs area. We love entrepreneurs and are looking for a military spouse entrepreneur to come speak at our event in Colorado Springs on 23 May. If you are a military spouse who has a start-up business that would like to share their business with us and others contact us! You will be able to speak as well as have a table at the event.

If interested send an email to snelson@militaryspouseconnection.org.

Till Next Time…Let's Stay Inspired

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Why Hire a Military Spouse?

If you need some talking points for your next interview, check out CompTIA's blog. There's a post you will find helpful as it effectively answers the question, "Why Hire a Military Spouse?"

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Hiring Our Heroes helps military spouses

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TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Spouses of service members are often faced with unique challenges like raising children while their partner is deployed and frequent relocation each time the next permanent change of station come around. Focus is placed on the service member's career, leaving the spouse's employment aspirations to be placed on the back burner. Programs like Hiring Our Heroes not only work toward finding meaningful employment for veterans, but for spouses as well.

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How to Leave Your Job Gracefully as a Military Spouse

Remember that song, "Take this job and shove it?" Well, that's not probably not what you want to express to your employers when you are about to leave, even if that's what you really feel. Times are tough and there are so many stories about how military spouses are finding it difficult to find work, even with all of the efforts out there for hiring military spouses.

Military.com has a good article on How to Leave Your Job Gracefully as a Military Spouse, aimed at helping you find the right words to leave a job before a PCS without burning any bridges.

From Military.com

Everyone is so focused on spouses getting jobs that they forget an equally important task -- leaving the job you have now.

Finding the right words -- and the tact -- to leave a job before a PCS without burning bridges can be difficult, but with these eight steps, you will be able to leave with good recommendations, not good riddance.

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The Importance of Military Spouse Careers

Here is a commentary you should check out on Military.com. It's from Deanie Dempsey, wife of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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America will need the strength of its military families more than ever in the coming months and years. As we approach the second anniversary of a massive campaign to help veterans find jobs, Hiring our Heroes has been a godsend to those who care about our country's future. But helping military spouses plan careers is equally important to our country and our military in the long run.

More than one million servicemembers will leave the military in the next five years. With this drawdown, and ongoing budget cut discussion, it's fair to say that our military families are in a state of high uncertainty, even for our community. Decisions are currently being made that will not only affect the size and scope of our military, but the health and readiness of those who stay.

The past 10 years have stretched our military families thin. There is no need to recount the effects of multiple deployments and the general stress of war on us all. Many of our families who have lived through the struggles have turned their strife into strength.

The "it takes a village" culture permeates our military community in extensive ways. Military spouses volunteer on and off installations at more than three times the national average. Drive down any street on any installation in the U.S. and you will find families covering child care and moving furniture for neighbors, providing both a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on.

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Tomorrow: Military spouses Hiring Our Heroes Camp Pendleton job fair

WHAT: Hiring Our Heroes – Camp Pendleton

WHEN: Tuesday, May 7, 2013; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pacific Views Events Center, 202850 San Jacinto Rd., Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

RSVP: Interested job seekers should register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in job seekers are allowed.

Tomorrow's “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair at Camp Pendleton isn't for the one in uniform.

This time, military spouses are the focus of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce event.

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MOAA Pushes for Legislationform Military Families

Learn why male military spouses and their families should pay attention and get involved with what MOAA is doing.  

Interviews with Karen Golden (Deputy Director, MOAA Government Relations) and Monique Rizer (Deputy Director, MOAA Spouse Programs).

Video Credit to MOAA Video Department for providing some b-roll footage.

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Why Male Military Spouses Should Get Involved With What MOAA Is Doing

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers.

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Video - Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) - Career Help Part 1

This is an oldie, but a goodie video highlighting the impressive work being done at MSCCN (Military Spouse Corporate Career Network) and CASY (Corporate America Supports You).  

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MilitaryOneClick resource for military families

MilitaryOneClick is the premier virtual resource for military families and the community that supports the military.

We maintain hundreds of military and non-military resources in one user-friendly directory were visitors can find links to career tools, hiring fairs, educational scholarships, PTSD help, health insurance, buying or renting a home, financial assistance, and more!

Also find us on Twitter (@military1click) and Facebook.

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SpouseLink is Linking Military Spouses Around the World

SpouseLink™ is a completely free website that supports, informs and inspires Military Spouses with daily trends and important military info. We are an online, interactive community for all U.S. Military Spouses, regardless of branch, location, gender, age or any other status. We encourage you to jump in today to share inspiring thoughts, support one another and to both find and give inspiration to others in the Military Spouse community.

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Military Family Readiness Council To Meet 20 September 2012

Here is a chance for military spouses to make your voices heard. The Military Family Readiness Council is scheduled to meet on 20 September, 2012.

The Military Family Readiness Council was created by Congress in 2008 to evaluate military family programs and make recommendations to improve vital family resources. Although the council is mandated to meet at least twice a year and required to submit a progress report to Congress every February, the council is failing to meet to the attention of elected officials.

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