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31FW improving the First 31 minutes, hours, & days before, upon & after arrival


Finding employment overseas is a challenge. Be open to contractor, federal jobs or starting as a volunteer.
  • Job announcement email blast
  • Contractor website list
  • Resume and interview seminars
  • SOFA employment rules

Federal Employment Preferences

Starting 30 days before you arrive at a new duty station, military spouses can apply to government jobs using preferences for job consideration (if you meet all criteria). You’ll have:
  • Military Spouse Preference (MSP)
  • Overseas Family Member Preference
  • Search USAJobs to apply

  • PCS Orders listing your name
  • Marriage License


Be proactive! Volunteering is a great way to meet others at your new home in Aviano and enhance your professional career. Often, volunteering is just what you need to get your foot in the door to a great job!


Visit the MFRC Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

American Red Cross

Visit the MFRC Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Aviano DoDEA

Get in touch with your School Liaison Officer to learn about how you can volunteer in the STEM program and support the military youth in our community!


For adults who are interested in continuing or starting their studies, there are excellent resources here.
  • School accreditation
  • Examinations
  • Financial aid
  • Local college programs
  • JST transcripts
  • GI Bill programs


Visit the National Testing Center if you need to complete testing prior to applying for a program. Testing fees apply.

Scholarships & Certifications

  • Nat’l Military Family Assoc.
  • Spouses of Aviano