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Fort Campbell Spouse Employment Center
5662 Screaming Eagle Blve
(across from Burger King)
Fort Campbell, KY 42223
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
Fort Campbell offers a variety of employment options. Fort Campbell, home to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), is a wonderful place for soldiers and their families to live, work and enjoy recreational activities. The installation is located on the Kentucky-Tennessee border between the towns of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Tennessee, and is 60 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee, on Interstate 24.
On-post opportunities are available at a variety of agencies, including the post exchange; the commissary; Morale, Welfare and Recreational facilities’ Child Development centers; club systems; school system; Contracting Opportunity and many others. Fort Campbell employs about 4,000 civilians, making it the largest employer in both Tennessee and Kentucky.
Key to finding the appropriate job is to use the various services on the installation designed to assist you with your job search. Considering the current job climate, seeking employment assistance with finding the right job for your skill set is critical.
Top sectors by employment in the surrounding areas are:
Health care and social services
Administrative, support and waste management
Accommodations and food services
The unemployment rate for the area during 2009 was 6.5%; currently, it’s 8%. The median household income for the area is $38,006-$55,528.
Visit either of these chamber of commerce websites to view more demographics of the surrounding areas:
Hopkinsville Chamber of Commerce
Clarksville Chamber of Commerce
Career opportunities are also available on the Tennessee state government and Kentucky state government websites.
Several programs and resources are set up to assist spouses in finding employment on and off the installation. The Fort Campbell Spouse Employment Center is located at 5668 Wickham Ave., Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Call 270-412-1720. The employment center has the following: the Campbell Strong Workforce Partnership, the United Services Organization, the employment readiness adviser, the Fort Campbell Skills Program and Soldier for Life. The employment center was set up to provide a one-stop shop for information and assistance for spouses and family members with their job search. They provide the following services:
Fort Campbell Spouse Employment Center – 270-412-1720
Campbell Strong Workforce Partnership – 931-802-2176 – located off-post at 101 Ringgold Road, Clarksville, Tennessee
Education and training
Partner with existing career skills programs
Tuition and fees
Civilian work and business clothing
Child care and tools
USO – 270-412-1722
Support from the USO doesn't end when you leave the military. USO Pathfinder helps you and your family create a plan for life after military service. Pathfinder Scouts connect you to the services and resources in your community that will make your transition successful. They provide the following services:
Fort Campbell Career Center – Employment Readiness Adviser – 270-798-4412
Appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund employment opportunities
Classes on federal resume writing, interviewing techniques and federal employment application process
Federal resume critiques
Career counseling and individual career assessments
Fort Campbell Career Skills Program: 270-798-3195/270-412-1128
The Army's Career Skills Program gives soldiers the opportunity to participate in skills training, during their transition period, in order to improve their civilian employment options. CSPs are conducted while soldiers are still on active duty.
The Army’s Career Skills website
Soldier for Life Transition Program – 270-798-3195/4974
The Soldier of Life Transition Program mandates attendance 12-24 months prior to retirement and 12-18 months prior to separation. Programs include:
Department of Labor employment workshop
Individual transition plan
Gap analysis/military occupational classification crosswalk
Certification and licensure
Continuum and military service
Classes on budget, dress for success, and interview techniques
Individual assessment tool
Job application package
Free Wednesday hiring events
Quarterly on post hiring events
Employment, education, and small business seminars
Appropriated fund/non-appropriated fund – Appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund positions are also posted at USA Jobs.
DDESS -- The Fort Campbell Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary School has seven schools on-post. Positions available are Kentucky-certified teaching staff, non-certified positions such as teacher's aids, clerical, cafeteria positions and custodial maintenance. For more information access the USAJOBS website.
DECA – For positions at the Fort Campbell Commissary, go to the USAJOBS website or contact the commissary at 270-798-3663.
Army and Air Force exchange system – The AAFES has job opportunities in retail, food and service areas such as cashier/checker and sales associate. For more information and applications, go to the AAFES website. To apply for vacancies, you are required to fill out an online application. Call 270-439-1849 for more information.
Contractors – Fort Campbell has several contractors who operate on the installation, but the military spouse preference program does not apply to contracting position on-post.
For job-hunting purposes, be sure to hand carry the following;
Information on previous employers and references
Letters of recommendation
DD214 (if prior military)
SF 50 (if prior federal employee)
DA form 3434 (if prior non-appropriated fund)
Employment records and documents SF 171
Copies of spouse permanent change of station orders
Volunteer career information
If you are a foreign-born spouse coming from an overseas location, and you have education transcripts not in English, it is advisable to contact your local Army Community Service for information on translating the document to English before you depart.
Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647; they will translate your education documents for free. You must have a green card (resident alien card/green card) to obtain employment, as well as a driver's license and a Social Security card.
The Priority Placement Program for Spouses: If you're eligible to claim spouse preference, you must provide copies of your marriage certificate and the soldiers permanent change of station (PCS) orders.
FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM:
The Federal Government offers a variety of loans and grant programs to help Soldiers and their Family Members fund their education. See the Education Opportunity Center (EOC) at the Education Center for more information and application forms. The EOC presents monthly briefings on financial aid for Education and "Opportunities for Military Spouses" Contact the Education Opportunity Center at 931-221-7481.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.AER ScholarshipArmy Emergency Relief (AER) provides scholarships for dependent children and Spouses of Active Duty, Retired, and deceased Army Soldiers. Applications and instructions are available on the AER website at www.AERHQ.ORG for the MG James Ursano and Spouses Education Assistance Scholarship Programs. Contact AER at Fort Campbell at 270-798-5518 for additional information.
You can find us on Facebook, visit the SLF-TAP website or visit our job board website.
There is no unemployment office on Fort Campbell. The Kentucky and Tennessee State Employment offices provide unemployment benefits information for Fort Campbell.
For Kentucky unemployment benefits, contact Kentucky Career Center unemployment services located at 110 Riverfront Drive. You can call 270-889-6509 or visit the Kentucky Career Center website.
For Tennessee, visit the Clarksville Montgomery County Career Center located at 350 Pageant Lane, Clarksville, TN 37040. Call 931-648-5530 or go online to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Fort Campbell is the largest employer in the area providing over 4,000 civilian jobs. The unemployment rate is 8%. The median household income range is $38,006-$55,528. For more information on employment opportunities, contact the Fort Campbell Spouse Employment Center at 270-412-1720. The Fort Campbell Career Center is located on the installation at 5668 Wickham Ave.
Top sectors by employment in the surrounding areas:
Visit the Chamber of Commerce websites to view demographics and local employers in the surrounding areas
Career Opportunities are also available on the Tennessee State Government website and Kentucky State Government website.
Several programs and resources are set up to assist spouses in finding employment on and off the installation. The Fort Campbell Spouse Employment Center is located at 5668 Wickham Ave, Fort Campbell, KY, and can be reach by phone at 270-412-1720. The center consists of the following: Campbell Strong Workforce Partnership, United Services Organization, the Employment Readiness Advisor, Fort Campbell Skills Program and Soldier for Life. It was set up to provide a one-stop shop for information and assistance for spouses and family members with their job search. They provide the following services:
Fort Campbell Spouse Employment Center - 270-412-1720
Campbell Strong Workforce Partnership - 931-802-2176 located off post - 101 Ringgold Road, Clarksville, TN
United Services Organization - 270-412-1722Support from the USO doesn't end when you leave the military. USO Pathfinder helps you and your family create a plan for life after military service. Pathfinder scouts connect you to the services and resources in your community that will make your transition successful. They provide the following services:
Fort Campbell Career Center Employment Readiness Advisor - 270-798-4412
Fort Campbell Career Skills Program - 270-798-3195/270-412-1128
AF/NAF -- Appropriated fund and nonappropriated fund positions are also posted at USAJOBS.
Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools –Fort Campbell has seven schools on post. Positions available are Kentucky-certified teaching staff, non-certified positions such as teacher's aid, clerical, cafeteria position and custodial maintenance. For more information access USAJOBS.
Defense Commissary Agency – For positions with the Fort Campbell Commissary, visit USAJOBS or contact the commissary at 270-798-3663.
Army and Air Force Exchange Service – AAFES has job opportunities in retail, food and service areas such as cashier/checker and sales associate. For more information and applications, visit the AAFES website. To apply for vacancies, you are required to fill out an online application. Call 270-439-1849 for more information.
Contractors -- Fort Campbell has several contractors who operate on the installation. Military Spouse Preference Program does not apply to contracting position on post.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP):
The Transition Assistance Program provides transitioning Soldiers and family members with the information and assistance needed to make an effective transition plan for post-military life. Soldiers are encouraged to start using TAP services as soon as they are eligible—up to 18 months prior to separation for ETSing Soldiers and 24 months for retiring Soldiers—but no later than 12 months prior. Family members are encouraged to join their transitioning service member throughout the process. To register and schedule the initial counseling appointment, visit the Fort Campbell Milton A. Lee TAP Center at 5661 Screaming Eagle Blvd. or call 270-798-5000. The Center is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The TAP process starts with a self-assessment and individualized initial counseling session, during which a counselor reviews the TAP requirements, additional TAP services, and other benefits and resources Soldiers can access during the transition period. During initial counseling, the counselor provides a schedule of required courses, including Managing Your Transition, Military Occupational Code Crosswalk, Financial Planning for Transition, Veterans Affairs Benefits and Services, and Department of Labor Fundamentals of Career Transition. Soldiers also have the opportunity to choose a two-day career track course (the Department of Labor Employment Workshop, Managing Your Education, Department of Labor Vocational Training or Boots to Business) or additional classes such as Advanced Resume, Guide to Federal Employment Overview, Interview Skills, Dress for Success and Salary Negotiations.
In addition to the required briefings and courses, TAP provides one-on-one assistance such as resume reviews, practice interviews, transition budget development and job search assistance. TAP also offers regular opportunities to connect with employers through weekly hiring events, quarterly job fairs and individual referrals.
For more information, visit the Fort Campbell TAP Facebook, the Army TAP website or Fort Campbell’s job board website.