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United States Army
Employment Readiness Program-Army Community Service
4700 Mow-Way Road, First Floor
Fort Sill, OK 73503
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 Sill is an alternate delivery method site for Employment Readiness Services. We conduct intake, assessment, and follow-up at ACS and refer to the SFL-TAP center, USO Pathfinders, Fort Sill CPAC, Workforce Oklahoma, and Goodwill Industries for direct ERP services. All classes and resources are on-line at: sill.armymwr.com.
The majority of employment opportunities available to Fort Sill family members will be either on Fort Sill or in Lawton, Oklahoma. The average unemployment rate for the Lawton area is 4.5%. The overall employment prospect in this area is fair. There are many jobs available in retail sales, food service, childcare, and medical related occupations. The job market is tougher for those seeking employment in mid to upper level management and other professional arenas. Fort Sill is located in a moderate cost of living area. Good opportunities for part time jobs in the fast food industry.
Due to the mobile nature of the military lifestyle, individuals with education and/or experience in the health care and education fields often are more successful in finding employment upon relocation than are individuals in other career fields. There are good educational opportunities as well as employment in the nursing field.
Many spouses choose to improve their future employment prospects while at Fort Sill through training or education, rather than seeking employment while their spouse is assigned here. If you would like to set up a child care service at home, please contact the Family Child Care program for additional information.
For more information Army Community Service is located in building 4700, 1st Floor, 580-442-4916
Be sure to hand carry all employment records and documents, resumes, SF-50s, latest performance appraisal, transcripts, certificates and licenses. If relocating, remember to pack clothing suitable for job search and interviews.
Spouse employment is a priority at Fort Sill. We help military spouses design effective job search strategies utilizing expert resources from the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership, the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities portal on Military OneSource as well as local community partners. Set up an intake appointment by calling 580-442-4916.
Fort Sill is an alternate-delivery method site for Employment Readiness Services. We conduct intake, assessment and follow-up at Army Community Service and refer to the Soldiers for Life Transition Assistance Program Center, United Services Organizations Pathfinders, Fort Sill Civilian Personnel Advisory Center (CPAC), Workforce Oklahoma and Goodwill Industries for direct ERP services.
One of the first things we do to assist Military Spouses who come to ACS is ensure they’ve enrolled with a career coach! The SECO Career Coaches routinely advise that increasing ones skills will lead to better, higher paying jobs. That’s easy to do with free on-line resources like GCFLearnFree.org. A program of the Goodwill Community Foundation. GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, all free. Call 800-342-9647. Coaches are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Transition is nearly a constant with Military Life. Military Spouses, whether transitioning into, through, or out of Military Life are encouraged to enroll in DoD’s MySTeP. Created by military spouses, MySTeP is a self-directed, online learning tool that guides military spouses through the available resources, benefits, programs and tools for your entire military journey. This program can be accessed through Military OneSource, My SECO.
Educational opportunities on Fort Sill can be explored at the Harry S Truman Education Center. Fort Sill awards local scholarships and additional information is available through Military OneSource.
For information on My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
If you are considering applying for unemployment benefits, contact your losing state's unemployment benefits' representative for the appropriate paperwork. When you resign your position, include a statement to the effect that you are resigning to accompany your military spouse on his/her Permanent Change of Station.
The payment of unemployment benefits depends upon what state you are transferring from and the policy in that state. A spouse transferring to Lawton from overseas will probably be able to receive unemployment benefits until he/she finds a job. The maximum amount of time for unemployment benefits is 26 weeks. Call the Oklahoma Works, 357-3500, for more information on unemployment benefits.
You can also visit the Oklahoma Works webpage, https://oklahomaworks.gov/, to determine what non-monetary unemployment benefits you are eligible for.
The majority of employment opportunities available to Fort Sill family members will be either on Fort Sill or in Lawton, Oklahoma. There are many jobs available in retail sales, food service, childcare, and medical related occupations. The job market is tougher for those seeking employment in mid to upper level management and other professional arenas.