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United States Air Force
Airman and Family Readness Center Employment Assistance Program
749 New Mexico Avenue
Holloman AFB, NM 88330-8035
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.
Contact the Employment Assistance Program Manager at 575-572-7754 or DSN 312-572-7754 as soon as you receive your orders. Also, call and make an appointment as soon as possible after your arrival.
Some military members or spouses conduct commercial businesses, such as selling products or repairing things, out of their homes. Air Force has specific guidance and instructions for conducting these businesses on base. Housing occupants may operate limited business enterprises while living in base housing. In order to legally conduct any type of commercial business on base, base housing residents must submit an application to the housing office. The application then goes through various agencies and is approved on a case-by-case basis. Average processing time for an application is one month.
Alamogordo's labor market is reflective of a small community. The majority of opportunities are in services and retail trade with salaries at or near minimum wage. There are a limited number of jobs available in construction, manufacturing, finance/real estate and government. Occasionally, professional positions in nursing and education are available. Otero County's unemployment rate is usually about 6.0%.
New Mexico has a personal income tax which uses your federal adjusted gross income as its base. Residents and non-residents are taxed on the net income from property, employment or business in New Mexico. This tax will affect family member employment and non-resident active duty members who have off-duty employment within the state.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. For more information contact New Mexico's Employment Security Division at 575-437-9210.
The most abundant employment opportunities are available in home day care, and fast food restaurants.
Clerical, sales, banking, teaching, civil service, and non-appropriated funds employment is the most difficult to find.
Retail sales, substitute teaching, health care, and construction employment is fairly easy to obtain.