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United States Air Force
Career Focus/Spouse Employment Program
Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base
Neuteveren Germany 52511
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.
As with many other overseas locations, Geilenkirchen is a challenging environment for spouses who are seeking employment. The language barrier is a factor to overcome in obtaining employment in the local economy. It is not uncommon for spouses to wait at least six months to gain a job commensurate with their education and or experience. If you are currently employed with a company that does business in Europe, try to transfer to their overseas location before leaving the United States.
Three military installations provide employment opportunities: Geilenkirchen NATO Base, Joint Forces Command and U.S. Army Garrison Benelux-Brunssum. The length of unemployment varies with the applicant's qualification credentials, timing and diligence/perseverance. Civil service positions are the most sought after and the hardest to obtain. There are fewer than 30 positions at Geilenkirchen and at USAG Benelux-Brunssum.
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Commissary at Schinnen; nonappropriated fund or NAF positions at all tri-border bases; and NATO Exchange at Geilenkirchen.
Administrative/clerical positions are sometimes available.
Nursing/medical occupations and professional positions can be challenging to find. Because employment opportunities are limited, many spouses choose to volunteer in their career field. Please check with the Airman and Family Readiness Center for volunteer opportunities.
Individual consultations for resume reviews, interviewing skills, local job search or federal employment are available by appointment at the A&FRC at Geilenkirchen.
Job Announcement Board
The A&FRC keeps a current listing of employment opportunities for job seekers. Postings include vacancy announcements from USA Jobs, NAF, AAFES, NATO Exchange, and contractor positions.
The A&FRC’s computer resource room offers computer access and text reference materials. Prior to arriving, you can use the internet to search for job openings. You can contact the center to be put on the “Employment This Week” email distribution list.
Spouses seeking employment should hand-carry important documents such as: SF-50, current resumes, federal applications, copies of licenses and transcripts, letters of recommendations, past performance evaluations and updates to all contact information.
If you are separating in a year or retiring in two years, call the Airman and Family Readiness Center to reserve your spot in the next available Transition GPS workshop. The workshop is five days in length; members and spouses will receive extensive information on career identification, job search, resume building, dressing for success, interviewing skills, and a Veterans Benefits briefing.
MyCAA (My Career Advancement Account)
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit the MyCAA page at https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa.
You may also want to check into the MySECO website at https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/ for help researching scholarships and choosing schools.
Three military installations provide employment opportunities: Geilenkirchen NATO Base, Joint Forces Command and U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen. Civil service positions are the most sought after and the hardest to obtain. There are fewer than 30 positions at Geilenkirchen; 60 at USAG Schinnen. The Status of Forces Agreement may prohibit certain non-European Union member personnel (i.e., U.S. military personnel, family members, etc.), from working in the German or Dutch economy. Language differences are an additional barrier.Base Services:
Services support squadron activities are shared between the three neighboring bases.
Commissaries: On Geilenkirchen, we have a retail and grocery store run by the NATO Exchange system. On USAG Benelux-Brunssum, we have a U.S. commissary.
Exchange System: On Geilenkirchen, we offer a small shoppette. On USAG Benelux-Brunssum, you will find an exchange troop store.