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United States Marine Corps
Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP)
923 Chosin Resevoir Road
Building 923, Room 27E
Parris Island, SC 29905
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 Career Resource Management Center, also known as the Transition Assistance Office, located in Building 923, has a computer lab with job vacancy listings, federal application software, and word processing programs for writing resumes and cover letters. The CRMC also has local job listings, a job search resource library and a fax machine available for your use. A Family Member Employment Program counselor is available to assist with resume writing, cover letters and job searches by appointment. Check out our Facebook page.
Many positions exist for teachers, retail salespersons, medical workers and services related to tourism. Beaufort County is a tourist area with many jobs in restaurant and hotel service, many located on Hilton Head Island, about a one-hour drive from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
Clerical positions are somewhat available.
Mid- to upper-level management and most positions that require a college degree are difficult to obtain. Computer and technical positions comprise 1% of available jobs. There is a lot of competition for relatively few openings.
Local Economic Climate
The largest employers in the Low Country are the Beaufort County School District, the Department of Defense, Walmart, Beaufort County, Beaufort County Memorial Hospital and Publix supermarkets. The most recent industries experiencing growth include health care, fast food service, cashiers, construction and hotel/motel clerks.
On Base Employment Opportunities
For more information regarding on-base employment opportunities, visit the MCCS website.
For job hunting purposes, be sure to bring all employment records including resumes, federal applications, SF-50's, copy spouse's PCS order, transcripts, certificates and licenses.
The Career Resource Management Center (CRMC), also known as the Transition Assistance Office (Bldg. 923) 843-228-2761/843-228-4574/DSN 312-335-2761. The offices are equipped with a computer laboratory, job vacancy listings, and books and materials to assist with writing résumés, cover letters and performing job searches. The Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP) is co-located with the TAMP offices. To contact the FMEAP office call 843-228-3377. The FMEAP office offers workshops such as Interviewing Skills, Résumé Writing, Job Fair Strategies, Federal Employment, and Career Decision Making.
All active duty Navy and Marines, enlisted recalled reservists are eligible for tuition assistance funding. Navy and Marines receive up to $250.00 per credit hour and up to $4500 per fiscal year for accredited programs. Navy personnel are limited to 16 semester hours per fiscal year.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
For military spouses relocating to the Beaufort area, the available unemployment benefits are dependent on the state from which you are relocating. Some states consider relocating military spouses as eligible for unemployment benefits, while others do not. In addition, the way you file for benefits differs depending on the state from which you have relocated. For example, if you are relocating from California, you may register for benefits at the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce website. But, if you are relocating from Georgia, you must go into the South Carolina Employment Commission office and fill out a form.