A Study on Military Spouse Licensure Portability in Legislation and Practice

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Military spouses face employment obstacles such as relocations, leading to un- or underemployment. The Department of Defense (DoD) proposed three best practice guidelines for transfer of licenses for military spouses. In this study, we (a) reviewed state legislation on military spouse licensure portability and identified how states addressed DoD best practices, and (b) interviewed staff and reviewed websites at six occupational boards of each state. Most states have implemented at least two guidelines, while occupational boards have implemented only some of the legislated guidelines. Thirty-seven percent of boards in states with legislation supporting expedited applications for military spouses did not offer them, and not all accommodations are publicly displayed. Financial counselors should recommend military spouses call regulatory offices about accommodations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Financial Counseling and Planning
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was conducted through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of the DoD and Department of Agriculture Partnership for Military Families. The DoD’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy and the DSLO served as a resource throughout this study. There were two objectives for this study:

Publisher Copyright:
© Copyright 2020 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, U.S.A.


  • employment
  • financial readiness
  • licensure
  • military
  • policy


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