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Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP), building 1526, 7th Street, 760-830-4030

Family members who are seeking employment opportunities may obtain assistance through FMEAP, which provides information on seeking and obtaining employment within the local labor market.  FMEAP can help family members prepare for a successful job interview, draft a functional resume, and learn to dress for employment success.  Participants can also complete Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) training and take the national certification exam at no-cost.  An Internet-ready lab with printing capabilities is available for patron job search and career development.  Spouses are encouraged to attend the quarterly Spouse Transition and Readiness Seminar (STARS) to meet with subject matter experts (employment, relocation, financial, medical, the Distribution Management Office (DMO), etc.) who can support them as they prepare to transition from military service.

The Family Member Employment Assistance Program provides employment related referral services, career and skill assessments, career coaching, job search guidance, portable career opportunities, and education center referrals/guidance. With that being said, we are proud to announce our new 2022 initiative to assist family members with assimilating into the work force development culture. This initiative is multi-faceted as it will act as a catalyst for advertising services, outreach strategies, community partnership, educational resources, entrepreneur opportunities, work from home, job matching services, specialized skills training, transportation services, self-employment resources, child care, employment services for adults with disabilities, social service providers; financial management counseling, education, or assistance. Additionally, the FMEAP will continue its efforts of disseminating information through the local procedures in regard to employment resources and career education and training and career coaching.

• Employment Resources: Weekly email distribution job board (regularly more than 30+ emails with multiple vacancies within each email), links for pertinent companies, agencies, job sources. Handouts and POC literature for other Employment Centers such as: Career One Stop, CA EDD Offices, spouse-centered employment agencies (SECO, MSEP, Military One Source, MSCCN, MyNextMove, MyCAA).

• Career Education and Training & Career Coaching: One-on-one individual client-specific appointments which encompass anything/everything from how to create a resume, how to enhance or target a resume, what steps are needed to reach an employment goal (including education and training, how to successfully interview and follow up post interview, how to learn about local job markets; self-assessment(s) regarding career choice(s) and goal(s); labor market trends via BLS (Bureau Labor Statistics) website; ONET (regarding veterans) - all done with client/showing them the website navigation and then printing out pertinent information for each client.


March 30, 2023 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Career Advancement Accounts

Apr 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Military Spouse Licensure And Certification Reimbursement

May 25, 2023 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Creating Dynamic Linkedin Profiles

Jun 29, 2023 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Remote Working Opportunities

July 27, 2023  | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Effective Branding, Marketing And Networking Techniques, And Creating A Portfolio

August 31, 2023 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Creating Powerful Resumes And Job Search Strategies For GS Positions

September 28, 2023 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Creating Powerful Resumes And Job Search Strategies For Other Federal Positions

October 26, 2023 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 – 1600

*****Effective Q & A During Interviews & Mock Interview Panels

November 30, 2023 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Dress For Success And Military Spouse-Friendly Hiring Events

December 14, 2023 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Labor Market Information

Jan 25, 2024, | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Developing Skills To Leverage Volunteer Experience

Feb 22, 2024 | Bldg. 1526 | 1300 - 1600

*****Salary Negotiation Tactics And Effective Job Offer Valuation

Mar 21st, 2023

7:00 PM EST (1900R)

Register Here: Resume Tailoring with Lockheed Martin

Virtual Worldwide

Do you have a resume that needs tailoring? Not sure where to start? The USO is partnering with Lockheed Martin to ensure you know how to adapt your resume for the job you are seeking.

As you chart your path ahead, the USO wants to make sure your resume is tailored for the job you are seeking! The USO is proud to present this 1-hour virtual workshop facilitated by Lockheed Martin sharing how to tailor your resume for that specific job and answer any questions you may have.

This free, online-only webinar is being offered exclusively through the USO Pathfinder Transitions program for Active Duty, military spouses, National Guard, and Reservists.

Mar 28th, 2023

11:00 AM EST (1100R)

Register Here: Investing Workshop with Prudential

Virtual Worldwide

Join the USO + Prudential Pathways to discuss investing. This seminar will cover market basics, and how to start and manage investments during change. Come get set up for a strong financial future!

The USO is proud to present this 1-hour workshop facilitated by Prudential Pathways. This workshop will cover investing, asset protection, financial goals, and interest rate change impacts.

This free, online-only webinar is being offered exclusively through the USO Pathfinder Transitions program for Active Duty, military spouses, National Guard, and Reservists.

Mar 29th, 2023

11:00 AM EST (1100R)

Register Here: Mentorship Kickstart with the USO

Virtual Worldwide

Are you preparing for a career change, exploring career growth, or curious about how to connect with a mentor? Join the USO Transition team for an orientation session highlighting the mentorship opportunities available through the USO in partnership with industry leaders.

The USO is proud to present this 1-hour orientation session hosted by the USO Transitions team. Whether you are preparing for a new career, growing your career, or simply ready to learn from a mentor, the USO Transitions team is ready to support your professional journey! This orientation session will include an overview of current USO Mentorship opportunities available: Veterati, American Corporate Partners, ETS Sponsorship Program.

This free, online-only webinar is being offered exclusively through the USO Pathfinder Transitions program for Active Duty, military spouses, National Guard, and Reservists.

Mar 30th, 2023

7:00 PM EST (1900R)

Register Here: SkillBridge Information Session

Virtual Worldwide

Are you within 180 days of release from Active Duty and searching for your next career? Join the USO to learn about the DOD SkillBridge program designed to offer you training and development with employers who are seeking the high-quality skills that you bring to the table!

The USO is proud to present this 1 hour information session about the DOD SkillBridge program. Come learn more about the training and development opportunities that are available with leading employers through this program.

This free, online-only webinar is being offered exclusively through the USO Pathfinder Transitions program for Active Duty, military spouses, National Guard, and Reservists.

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Select “Family Member “ in the TAP Curriculum drop-down menu on the right side of the page.

Mental Health for Families

This course explains how to identify local services and community organizations that can provide assistance and aid to service members and their loved ones.

Survivor and Casualty Assistance Resources

This course provides an overview on VA and DoD survivor benefits and eligibility, and what to do in the event of a loss.

Transitioning to Federal Employment

This course is for US Service members interested in continuing their service through Federal Employment. It provides information, tools, and links that will help you complete your journey from your military career to a civilian position in the Federal Government. You’ll learn through the eyes of Teresa, a recently separated veteran who is looking for a job in the Federal Government.

The course has 5 steps, plus an introduction to Federal Employment. Step 1: Gather Your Intel. Step 2: Identify Employment Opportunities. Step 3: Focus Your Search. Step 4: Continue the Mission. Step 5: Complete the Mission.

VA Education Benefits for Spouses and Dependent Children

This course communicates relevant information about education benefits, including Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, that can help families, and caregivers pay for tuition, housing, books, and supplies costs through the VA education and training benefits available to them.

VA Home Loan Guaranty Program

This course offers a general overview of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program including eligibility, processes, costs, and other available resources.

Vet Centers

This course describes how to connect with local Vet Centers and how service members, Veterans, and their loved ones can use Vet Centers as a free resource.


Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, the premier Microsoft desktop certification, is a globally recognized standard for demonstrating desktop skills. The MOS program is helping meet the demand for qualified and knowledgeable people in the modern workplace. Exams are offered at CRO (Building 1526), 7th Street. For more information, please call 760.830.7225.

What is a Microsoft Office Specialist?

A Microsoft Office Specialist is an individual who has certified his or her skills in one or more of the Microsoft Office® desktop applications which includes Microsoft Word®, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, Microsoft Outlook® or Microsoft Access®. The Microsoft Office Specialist Program typically offers certification exams at the "Core" and "Expert" skill levels*. The Microsoft Office Specialist Program is the only Microsoft approved program in the world for certifying proficiency in Microsoft Office desktop applications. This certification can be a valuable asset in any job search or career advancement. The program is open to Marines and Navy personnel and dependents 16+, plus Department of Defense workers.

Typing Courses & Test

At home or at work strong typing skills are essential for making the most of every moment at the computer. Put an end to frustration and wasted time with just fifteen minutes of practice a day! The leader in typing tutorial software for ten years running Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing delivers the customized training you need in a motivating engaging format. Work at your own pace with lesson content that keeps you interested. This flexible program is an ideal choice for any would-be fluent typist including students email enthusiasts and office professionals. If you use the keyboard, you will benefit from Mavis Beacon. Do not waste one more minute hitting 'backspace!' Gain noticeable improvements in typing speed and accuracy in just two weeks and as little as fifteen minutes of practice per day. With Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, better typing is guaranteed.

 Certified Typing Test Information

A typing certificate verifies a person's typing speed and accuracy and is often required for applicants to legal assistant, medical assistant or government positions. In order to become certified typists, candidates must pass a typing test; this usually consists of typing an unfamiliar text within a timeframe while avoiding errors and maintaining a minimum speed. The number of errors and minimum speed allowed vary depending on the organization issuing the certificate.



Mon | March 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Thu | April 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Wed | May 24, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Tue | Jun 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Thurs | Jul 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Fri | Aug 25, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Wed | Sept 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Fri | Oct 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Mon | Nov 20, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300

Wed | Dec 27, 2023 | Bldg. 1502, Marine Corps Exchange, Sixth Street Entrance| 1100-1300



Entrepreneurial education and training program for transitioning service members and their spouses!




May 25-26, 2023

August 17-18, 2023

Owning A Small Business? Veterans have the character, discipline, and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Boots to Business can help.



Career Technical Education (CTE) provides quality, hands-on training programs to high school students and adults. CTE prepares students to be career ready, technically skilled, and academically prepared. Course content is validated by local business advisory committees, reflecting current industry standards.       

Free Classes offered through Morongo Unified School District to High School Students & Adults Free

For More Information:
Christy Bong, CTE Specialist
(760) 228-1162, ext. 3421
Isaac Hirales, Director of Secondary Curriculum
(760) 367-9191, ext. 4223




1. Your Installation Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP)

Located at all Marine Corps Bases, you can expect our highly trained FMEAP team members to assist family members, active duty, reservists, retirees, and civilians with achieving their personal and professional goals through employment, education, or volunteering.  Our installations offer a wide variety of workshops such as Resume Writing, Skills Assessments, etc, to ensure that you are successful in obtaining employment.  All of these opportunities are FREE of charge and can make any employment endeavor  a little less complicated and give you the confidence to apply for the position you’re after.

2. Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO)

The SECO Program provides expert education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide. Call the SECO Career Center at 800-324-9647 to connect with corporations, government organizations and non-profits to gain meaningful, long-term, portable employment. 

  • The Military Spouse Employment Partnership connects military spouses to more than 180 partner employers who have pledged to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers. To help with their introduction, spouses are encouraged to self-identify when contacting or applying with these employment partners.
  • Military Spouse eMentor Program - An online community where spouses connect with experienced spouses, career mentors and employers to receive career guidance, advice and support.
  • The MySECO Scholarship Database makes searching for scholarships fast and easy. Use the database to find scholarships and grants offered specifically for military spouses, service members and college-bound dependent children.
  • My Career Advancement Account Overview –The MyCAA Scholarship offers up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license/certification, certificate or associates degree in a portable career field and occupation. Spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 on Title 10 military orders are eligible for the scholarship. 

For more information on the Family Member Employment Assistance Program, click here.


MSEP Partner Connect

Join the MSEP Partner Connect on March 23 at 1 p.m. ET to connect with Signal Security, a security franchisor. This event will be broadcasted live on Facebook and LinkedIn.

To access the event on Facebook, please visit

Military Spouse Career Accelerator Program

Military spouses of currently serving members of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Space Force, to include active, reserve and National Guard components, are invited to apply to the new Military Spouse Career Accelerator Pilot, a multi-year program that provides spouses with paid 12-week fellowships at employers across various industries and locations.

For more information and to register, please visit

Military Spouse Employment Partnership Job Search Navigator Service

We are excited to announce the new MSEP Job Search Navigator service! This value-added service is offered to military spouses once they have completed a series of designated career support services with a SECO career coach. The MSEP Job Search Navigator will then identify potential matches between the spouse and MSEP employers based on the spouse's geographic location, education, experience and career goals and share a list of customized job leads to assist them in their search for employment.

For more information, please visit

Pay for College with Scholarships Tailored Just for You!

Make college more affordable by using MySECO’s Scholarship Finder to search through more than 90 scholarships carefully chosen just for you. Browse our database of financial resources offered specifically to military spouses and family members to make paying for college fast and easy. Start now at

Thank you for sharing this information with your military spouse community and for your continued commitment to support the recruiting, hiring and retaining of military spouses.



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SAVE THE DATES:  STARS - Spouse Transition And Readiness Seminar 2023

Stay informed about your family's benefits, entitlements, health care, insurance, VA benefits, and more. Spouses, it's your chance to ask experts about what to expect when your Marine or Sailor retires or separates from active duty service.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | BLDG 1526 | 1 PM – 4 PM

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | BLDG 1526 | 1 PM – 4 PM

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 | BLDG 1526 | 1 PM – 4 PM

To Register or for more information, call 760.830.7225/4030 or visit the Career Resource Office, Bldg. 1526.


How can the Family Member Assistance Program assist me?

  • Learn about the current labor market, average salary, and wage trends in your area.
  • Know the right questions to ask the employer during the interview.
  • Highlight resume accomplishments and adapting to various styles those employers are seeking and/or what format may fit your situation.
  • Know effective negotiation techniques for salaries/wages and benefits.
  • Know to fill the gap between periods of unemployment.
  • Offers services to meet the employment assistance needs of family members.
  • Helps clearly identify goals and necessary steps to achieve them.
  • Provides job search guidance to focus on the important aspects of your job search plan.
  • Provides one-on-one employment assistance counseling.

How do I learn more about the Family Member Assistance Program?

Family members can contact their local FMEAP offices at their respective Marine Corps location. There are numerous effective family member programs available Corps-wide. FMEAP has many initiatives to help family members find employment after relocation with the active duty service members. For more information, call 760.830.7225/4030 or visit the Career Resource Office, Bldg. 1526.

Can the FMEAP find me employment?

FMEAP is not an employment agency and does not make job placements. However, FMEAP provides a liaison/referral service to local and national employers.