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MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE REQUEST
Department of Defense Instruction Number 1404.12 established policy, assigned
responsibilities, and prescribed procedures for employment preference for spouses of
active duty military members of the US Armed Forces stationed worldwide. Section 6
Administrative Instruction 1401.1 provided guidance for implementing Military Spouse
Preference (MSP) as it relates to schools operated by the Department of Defense
Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS).
You may be eligible for preference under the MSP program if all of the following apply:
a. You are the husband or wife of an active duty military member of the Armed
Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard, relocating because of permanent change of orders.
Marriage to your sponsoring service member must have taken place prior to your sponsor
and you relocating to the new duty station area.
b. You are in the eligibility period beginning 30 days prior to your sponsor’s report
date at the new duty station. (Once you are at the new duty station, MSP applies without
time restriction except that when you are within six months of leaving the area, a
potential employer is not required to select you for permanent continuing positions.)
c. The position for which you are applying is in the same commuting area as your
sponsor's new duty station. (The commuting area for a MSP eligible includes the military
sponsor’s duty station and surrounding localities to which the spouse has determined
he/she is willing to travel back and forth daily for employment as demonstrated through
acceptance of or application for employment with or without a request for MSP.)
d. MSP will be granted if the applicant is rated among the "best qualified" group.
If you meet the above requirements and are requesting consideration as a MSP candidate,
please read and complete the remainder of this form and attach it to your application for
APPLICANT’S NAME: ____________________________ SSN: ______________
SPONSOR’S NAME: _____________________________ RANK: _____________
DATE OF MARRIAGE: _______ PLACE OF MARRIAGE: _____________________
SPONSOR’S NEW DUTY STATION: _____________________________________
SPONSOR’S REPORT DATE: _______
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: ______________
POSITION TITLE: __________________________________________________