Employment Assistance Program
Via Capt A. Barbarisi
A&FRC, Building 1431 Area F
31st Mission Support Squadron
APO, AE 09601
Phone (DSN) 314-632-5407
Fax (DSN) 314-632-5794
Aviano provides unique challenges for spouses seeking employment. The job market is limited to on-base employment. It may take one or more years to find appropriated employment (GS and WG positions). Non-appropriated fund (NAF) employment is more plentiful in recreation, child-care, administration, and sales. There are few temporary teaching substitute/assistant positions available through DoDDs, however, full-time teaching positions, unless hired stateside are non-existent. Professional licensed positions in the medical profession are not available at this overseas location.
Employment for military spouses is governed by the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which prohibits non-European citizens (military members, civilian employees and their family members) from working on the Italian economy. This also prohibits the operation of home-based businesses.
The visa issued to family members to accompany the military member to Italy is called a mission visa; it does not provide the right to work on the Italian economy for family members. With a mission visa, US citizen family members can only hold GS or NAF jobs on base. Please note, if the family member is a citizen of a non-NATO country, which includes many Far East/Asian countries, they cannot hold a GS, NAF or local national job on base due to the U.S.-Italy SOFA agreement. Non-NATO country citizen dependents will have no employment opportunity on base (only exception is bagging at the Commissary).
If a family member is interested in obtaining employment off-base, they must apply for a work visa and receive the work visa prior to arrival in Italy. Note Consequences: Should a family member decide to obtain a work visa, then they will not be issued a mission visa and once in Italy, will be subject to the normal taxes and responsibilities under Italian labor law.
Military Personnel Flights will only process Mission Visas and do not facilitate in obtaining Work Visas.
The Volunteer Resource Program assists in recruitment, training and recognition of installation volunteers. Aviano promotes a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for both active duty military and family members throughout the installation. Volunteering is not only an opportunity to share your talents with the community, but can also be a great step toward seeking permanent employment while keeping your skills sharp.
In addition to opportunities through the Volunteer Resource Program, the American Red Cross provides volunteer opportunities and training. American Red Cross volunteers assist in the Medical Clinic, provide help during family emergencies, teach and learn life saving skills, work on special projects, assist in office operations and serve as volunteer leadership.
Transition Assistance Program
If you are going to be separating or retiring from the military while overseas, make sure to contact the Aviano Transition Assistance Program. The trained staff can assist with all aspects of preparation for returning to the civilian workforce. The employment emphasis is primarily for federal or civilian stateside employment; however, information can be obtained about employment with the federal government at an overseas location. The Transition Assistance Program can not assist with employment on the local Italian economy due to SOFA restrictions.
For information on MyCAA and Military Spouse Education and Career Opportunities, visit Military OneSource.
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