Family Employment Readiness
Corner of Quilter Street and Shaw Avenue
Building 850
MCAS Yuma, AZ 85369-9132

Phone 928-269-2680
Phone (DSN) 312-269-2680
Fax 928-269-3723
Fax (DSN) 312-269-3723

Mon - Fri 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sat and Sun - closed
Holidays - closed

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Employment Options

Local Economic Climate

Arizona is a right to work state, which typically means that wages are lower. The largest employers in Yuma and the surrounding area are Yuma Proving Ground (YPG), MCAS Yuma, and Yuma Regional Medical Center. There are approximately 14-17 federal agencies in Yuma. There is very little industry in Yuma and the surrounding areas. As new businesses come to Yuma wages and employment opportunities have increased. As is the case in most regions, there is a severe shortage of nurses and are still in high demand. With the poor economic conditions nationwide, Yuma has been especially hard hit. For information regarding Federal Employment (GS positions) at MCAS Yuma, visit their website. For a list of current MCCS positions on base visit the MCCS Installations website.

The Career Resource Management Center, 928-269-3159/5181, along with its Family Member Employment Assistance Program, 928-269-2680 is located in Bldg. 850, The NAFI Human Resources Office, located in building 633, (928-269-2209), and the Human Resources Office (HRO), located at Avenue 3E, Trailer #1975, (928-269-2240) should also be early stops for those seeking employment.

Currently, unemployment figures are 31.9%, almost three times the national average. Wages in the agricultural industry and service sector start at minimum wage: $7.90. Secretarial and clerical jobs earn about $10.00 hourly, and food service workers start at $7.90. Due to the general downturn in the economy, Yuma currently has limited employment opportunities. Part-time employment is very limited.

Good Prospects: Nursing, Clerical, Food Service, Sales, and Behavioral Health Professionals

Fair Prospects:  Education, Social Services, Medical & Dental Front/Back Office, Veterinarian Assistants, Bookkeeping/Accounting

Poor Prospects: Computer Programming and Secretarial

Your Installation Family Member Employment Specialist can help you with:

  • Employment prospects in the new location
  • Career Counseling/Assessments:  know yourself and focus on the type of work best suited for your aptitude, abilities, and temperament
  • Educational Workshops: resume writing, job interview techniques
  • Know how to prepare for an interview:  dress for success, what to say, what to ask, and employer’s commonly asked questions
  • Federal Application Information: 10 Steps to a Federal Resume Workshop, understand the complicated application process and learn about Federal employment opportunities

Spouse Preference

Executive Order 13473, dated September 28, 2008, authorized the noncompetitive appointment of certain military spouses to competitive service positions; this became effective September 11, 2009. Please contact your Family Member Employment Assistance Program Specialist for details or visit FEDSHIREVETS for more information. 

Employment Documentation

For job hunting purposes, be sure to bring with you all employment records and information, resumes, transcripts, certificates, and licenses. Proof of eligibility to work in the United States is also required.  These documents include but are not limited to a birth certificate issued by a U.S. state, jurisdiction or territory or the U.S. State Department, U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship, U.S. passport, Social Security card and/or Alien Registration Receipt Card.

Unemployment Compensation

Unemployment compensation may be available for the spouse of a newly assigned military member or civilian employee. For more information please contact the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

Transition Assistance Management Program

The Career Resource Management Center/Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) provides career/employment assistance, vocational/educational guidance, and transition information to separating Marines and their family members. The tools and information provided enable all separating Marines and their family members to make a successful transition from military to civilian life.


Transition services are available to all Marines and their family members who are within 12 months of separation or 24 months of retirement. Pre-separation counseling and the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshop are mandatory for all separating Marines.

The Transition Assistance Program aboard MCAS Yuma offers the following quality programs and services:

  • Mandatory Pre-separation Counseling
  • Individual Transition Plan (ITP)
  • Career Coaching
  • Financial planning
  • Instruction in resume preparation, cover letter, and job applications
  • Job analysis techniques
  • Job search techniques and preparation
  • Job interview techniques
  • Mandatory Transition Readiness Seminar (TRS) 
  • Career assessment
  • Employment and training assistance
  • Information on Federal, State, and local programs providing assistance
  • Veteran's benefits
  • Disabled Transition Assistance Program
  • Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) and Form (DD-Form 2568)
  • Federal employment application information

For additional information, contact your local Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) office at 928-269-3159.

Tuition Assistance


For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.

Associated Links

Career Advancement Accounts for Military Spouses

Employer Support of Guard and Reserve
Find job advice and listings.

Office of Personnel Management
Provides access to all official federal jobs as well as links to other government resources.

U.S. Department of Labor
Provides access to all official employment statistics and opportunities.

DoD Commissaries
The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment.

Marine Corps Community Service
Provides QOL services to marines and families.

USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.

Military Spouse Employment Partnership
Military spouses find a job with military friendly employers and learn job search skills from Military OneSource. Employers can register a job online.

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