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United States Army
Employment Readiness Program (ERP)
Fort Rucker, AL 36362
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.
The majority of employment opportunities available to Fort Rucker family members can be found in four southeast Alabama towns: Enterprise in Coffee County, Daleville and Ozark in Dale County, and Dothan in Houston County. Fort Rucker's three main gates are at Enterprise, Daleville, and Ozark. Dothan is approximately 20 miles southeast of the installation. The average unemployment rate for the Fort Rucker area is 6.5%. The prospect for finding a job in the communities surrounding Fort Rucker would be considered fair, however, salaries are low. The average salary for secretaries and bookkeepers with experience is $7.00-$8.50 per hour. Production and construction workers can usually draw slightly higher hourly rates than office workers can. Retail sales and childcare positions average $6.00 per hour. Dothan offers the largest number of job opportunities for clerical, sales and production workers.
Teaching positions in grades K-12 are not readily available. Family members with teacher certification from other states often substitute teach. Substitute teacher pay averages $45 per day in off-post public schools. In order to substitute teach in any Alabama school, a person is required to pay a $69 fee to register with the State Board of Education. Substitute teacher pay at Fort Rucker Department of Defense Schools is $50 a day.
Many family members stationed at Fort Rucker find employment with national and local no-fee employment agencies.
For those currently in federal jobs, be sure to hand carry all employment records and documents, resumes, SF 171 or OF 612, SF 50s, transcripts, certificates and licenses.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
The payment of unemployment benefits depends upon what state you are transferring from and the policy in that state. You can apply for unemployment benefits on line. You may call for more information, Ozark, 334-774- 9386, Enterprise, and 334-347-0044, Dothan, 334-792-2121. The hours of operation for all offices are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The majority of employment opportunities available to Fort Rucker family members can be found in four southeast Alabama towns: Enterprise in Coffee County, Daleville and Ozark in Dale County, and Dothan in Houston County. The unemployment rate for Dale county is 6.7%, Coffee County 6.5% and Houston County is 6.7%. The median household income is $48,693.