U.S. Army photo

Editor’s Note: This article by C.C. Gallagher was originally published on the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) website.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Charles Clark

Due to the frequency of PCS moves, deployments, child rearing and uncertainty of military life, military spouses are often thrilled to be considered for any paid employment opportunity. Resist the urge to accept the offer immediately without truly understanding and evaluating it. Before accepting the position, consider the entire compensation package, both monetary and nonmonetary, to ensure the opportunity will fit within your lifestyle.

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Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP

Like many military spouses, I have struggled with maintaining a career while married to the military due to frequent permanent change of station moves. Throughout my family’s military journey, I have been fortunate to find positions at each duty station. I have worked in higher education, government relations, program management, and currently for an IT company that offers telework opportunities for their employees. After seven years of marriage, this adds up to five different positions and four duty stations.

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