Funder(s)

Prudential

Description/Abstract

Within military families, military spouse employment also positively impacts service member retention. Like their civilian counterparts, military spouses often want and need to work. But, unlike most civilians, military spouses may relocate overseas where their employment options are influenced by diplomatic agreements called Status of Forces Agreements (SOFAs). As a result, SOFAs may present unanticipated and sometimes insurmountable barriers to military spouses who wish to work after relocating overseas. This paper gives insights to the military spouse as well as their employer.

Document Type

Guide

Disciplines

Human Resources Management

Extent

58 pages

DCMI Type

Text

Keywords

Military spouse employment, Employment research, Veteran employment

Subject

Military Spouses; Employment; Status of forces agreement; Employment in foreign countries

Topic

Explore talent acquisition and development--Employee support and resources, Understand the military population--Military spouses

Portfolio

Employment

Geographic Area

United States

Publisher

Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University

Date

11-2019

Audience

Employers; HR Hiring Managers

Language

English

Acknowledgements

We’d like to acknowledge the assistance of both Joerg C. Moddelmog, Senior German Attorney Advisor, International Affairs, and Legal Assistance Attorney from Kaiserslautern Legal Services Center as well as Susanne Lang, Managing Assistant, Certified Administrative Officer, and expert in international business from RFP Steuerberatung Tax Consulting in Germany for their guidance and contributions. Both provided guidance on various aspects of this paper including German decision trees as well as technical information pertaining to social security, German taxation, and SOFA abroad.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Rights

© 2019, IVMF at Syracuse University. This content may be distributed freely for educational and research uses as long as this copyright notice is attached. No commercial use of this material may be made without express written permission.

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