All military spouses can now apply for professional relicensing fee reimbursement

All military spouses can now apply for professional relicensing fee reimbursement

Navy spouses – like spouses in the other services – can now apply for reimbursement of up to $500 in costs for relicensing and recertification each time they relocate with their service member.

Spouses can be reimbursed for costs for getting re-licensed/re-certified in their profession after they move to a new state because of their service member’s permanent change of station.

The reimbursement is also retroactive. It applies to fees incurred with PCS moves where orders were received on or after Dec. 12, 2017, when a law was signed allowing all the services to reimburse spouses for these costs.

The reimbursements are part of a pilot program authorized through Dec. 31, 2022, by the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. Legislative proposals are pending which could extend DoD’s authority for reimbursement for two more years, and would increase the maximum reimbursement to $1,000.

The Army, Air Force and Marine Corps issued their reimbursement policies in May.

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