In partnership with the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership
Why make the Commitment?
Military spouse unemployment and underemployment are persistent concerns within the military community and are now a threat to military readiness and national security. For decades, military spouses have endured an unemployment rate of 20% or higher.
The well-documented factors include frequent relocations, increased family responsibilities when a partner is deployed, limited employment options near military bases, and child care. This crisis has significant implications for our nation’s all-volunteer force, including financial instability and the decreased recruitment and retention of service members.
The Original Signatories
Starbucks is the first signer of the 4+1 Commitment and is a founding member of the Do Your Part coalition. In 2023, Starbucks bolstered support for military spouse employees by launching a transfer program to promote retention through a military move!
4+1 The Missing Link
AJ Jones II
Craigslist & craig newmark philanthropies,
Dr. Jill Biden
First Lady of the United States
Spouse of the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and President, Hiring Our Heroes
Blue Star Families,
The Honorable Alex Wagner
Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs
Adopting these practices can help recruit and retain talented military spouse employees in your organization. Military spouses are educated, resourceful, adaptable and resilient employees — a great addition to any team. Establishing your organization as an authentic supporter of the community will positively impact brand loyalty for the 20 million+ members of the military and veteran community, and for all Americans who care for them.
Signatories of the 4+1 Commitment will be authorized to utilize a special badge denoting they adhere to best practices supported by Hiring Our Heroes, Blue Star Families, craig newmark philanthropies, American Corporate Partners, and several government partners.
Your company will be acknowledged on the 4+1 Commitment website.
- Community & Connectedness
- Jobs & Economic Security
- Military & Youth Well-Being