The Formula for Military Spouse Success

The 4+1 Commitment

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The 4+1 Commitment is a way for employers to voluntarily commit to improving military spouse employment outcomes.

Adopt the Commitment

Presenting Organizations

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.

Ready to make the 4 + 1 Commitment?

By making the Commitment, organizations pledge to adopt at least one of these four policies:


Facilitate job transferability


Offer remote or telework


Offer flexible work hours


Provide paid or permissive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) leave



Consider joining an existing government spouse employment program


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!

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Frequently Asked Questions
Click "Adopt the Commitment" at the top of this page to sign up.
No. Companies of all sizes are encouraged to adopt this commitment and support their military spouse employees.

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.

Yes. We would love to celebrate the great work your company has done and elevate it so that military spouses and your customers alike understand the steps you have taken to support military families.
Yes! We’ll help support you and track your progress as you embark upon your journey to effectively support your military spouse employees.
Yes. Please check out Blue Star Families’ Summer 2023 report outlining the insights from other employers in Closing the Loop: An Eight-Step Guide to Building a Holistic Military Spouse Employment Program, created thanks to the gracious support of sponsors USAA, Navy Federal Credit Union, and PenFed Credit Union.
Do Your Part is a multi-sector coalition of change-makers seeking to fulfill the Constitution's promise of providing for the common defense by focusing on these three areas:
  • Community & Connectedness
  • Jobs & Economic Security
  • Military & Youth Well-Being
Blue Star Families and Hiring Our Heroes, in partnership with the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership, will provide a unique badge of distinction for 4+1 signatories.

The 4+1 Commitment: A Formula for Military Spouse Success is presented by Blue Star Families and Hiring Our Heroes in partnership with the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership. The initiative is launched as part of Blue Star Families’ Do Your Part campaign, made possible by craig newmark philanthropies.