501 CSW Spouse Space
Being a military-connected spouse means you serve, too. Whether your partner is active-duty, guard/reserve, DoD civilian or contractor, a move overseas has big impacts for you and your family. Spouse Space is your network to a wealth of resources to support and connect you during your time with the 501st Combat Support Wing community.
(For informational purposes only - No federal endorsement is expressed or implied.)
Five & Thrive
The Five & Thrive initiative from CSAF Spouse Sharene Brown seeks to tackle the top five quality of life issues military families face. Visit the Five & Thrive Landing Page for lots of information and click below for local support in the 5 areas that matter most to you.
Click Here to download the Spouse Thrive Guide
Contact your School Liaison for answers to all your child education questions and information about local school options.
RAF Alconbury-Molesworth-Wyton-Menwith Hill
Commercial: +44 01480 843232
RAF Croughton-Fairford-Welford-Blenheim Crescent
DSN: 314- 236-8097
Commercial: +44 01280 70 8097
Commercial: +47 5195 0506
Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)
DoDEA schools are available at RAF Alconbury for families assigned to RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth and RAF Wyton. Families assigned to other installations within the 501st community can apply for enrollment at Alconbury schools on a space-available basis, but will be responsible for transportation if residing outside of the authorized bus routes.
Alconbury Elementary School
Commercial: +44 01480 84 4360
Alconbury Middle High School
Commercial: +44 01480 844400
Non-DoD Schools Program (NDSP)
The NDSP is a program within the Department of Defense Education Activity. The purpose of NDSP is to provide educational support and financial assistance to defray costs of education and to facilitate educational continuity in international locations where there is no DoDEA school. NDSP does not approve, endorse, or certify schools. You may choose the educational setting that best meets your child's needs. You must select an educational option that will allow your child to easily transition to the next grade when you return to the United States.
Families assigned to RAF Croughton, RAF Fairford, RAF Menwith Hill, RAF Welford, Stavanger AB and other Geographically-Separated Units (GSU) within the 501st support network may be eligible for NDSP for command-sponsored dependents. Contact your School Liaison for more information.
**Note: No funding or reimbursement is available for any costs associated with attendance at host-nation schools or homeschooling for families assigned to RAF Alconbury, RAF Molesworth and RAF Wyton. Families who choose these options are responsible for all expenses.
All resident children in the UK are entitled to a state-funded education at no cost from age 5-16. Independent (what are called “private” in the US) schools, including some post-16 Sixth Form schools, charge tuition. Some faith/church schools are state-funded. The British education system is a little different from US schools, but it affords children the opportunity to be immersed in the local culture and environment. The school year is divided into three terms with breaks in-between and a 6-week summer holiday. Attendance is mandatory and you can be fined for unexcused absences. Applications for a school space at state-funded schools must be submitted through the Local Authority where you live. Click Here to search for and compare schools in the United Kingdom.
Education in Norway is mandatory for all children aged six to 16. Education is guaranteed by the Norwegian state and is thus free at public schools and taught only in Norwegian. The school year in Norway runs from late August to mid-June the following year. The Juleferie (Christmas holiday) from mid-December to early January divides the Norwegian school year into two terms. Children also have a vinterferie (winter break) and a Påskeferie (Easter break). The school day usually finishes at 3pm to pick up children from school. Norway has multiple different grading systems, both unique ones and ones that have been based on foreign grading systems. The formerly most common system of grades used at university level was based on a scale running from 1.0 (lowest) through 6.0 (highest).
The option to educate at home is available and legal in the United Kingdom and Norway. Contact your School Liaison for information and resources on homeschooling.
The 422 MDS operates a clinic at RAF Croughton and 423 MDS operates a clinic at RAF Alconbury offering the following limited services for active-duty personnel:
Bldg 623, RAF Alconbury Bldg 56, RAF Croughton
DSN: 314-268-2273 DSN: 314-236-8737
Commercial: +44 01480 842273 Commercial: +44 01280 708737
DSN: 314-268-4585 DSN: 314-236-8819
Commercial: +44 01480 844585 Commercial: +44 01280 708819
DSN: 314-268-4504 DSN: 314-236-8737
Commercial: +44 01480 844504 Commercial: +44 01280 708737
DSN: 314-268-4556 DSN: 314-236-8892
Commercial: +44 01480 844556 Commercial: +44 01280 708892
Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS)
Commercial: +44 01480 844513
Students enrolled at DoDEA schools who are not dependents of active-duty members may also receive immunization services and sports physicals at the Alconbury Clinic.
To ensure active-duty members and family are enrolled in TRICARE to receive healthcare in England:
National Health Service (NHS)
The National Health Service (NHS) is available to DoD Civilian and Contractor personnel. You can Search for a General Practitioner (GP) by your postcode. You should see the GP which covers the area where you reside. Contact the GP Surgery or Centre (Clinic) to register as a new patient and you will be assigned an NHS number.
Children under age 18 are eligible to receive free dental exams and vision exams through the NHS, however not all providers will have these appointments available.
Private medical and dental care is also available on the economy and some may be accepted by US insurance companies. Contact your insurance company or discuss your insurance with the provider for more information on payment before agreeing to private care.
Contact your installation Housing Office for information about on-base Military Family Housing and off-base housing options and allowances.
Commercial: +44 01480 843518
Commercial: +44 01280 708951
RAF Menwith Hill
Commercial: +44 01423 777886
Commercial: +47 51950577
For off-base housing, you can begin your housing search using these websites:
It can be a challenging environment for spouses who are seeking employment in the UK and Norway. It is common for applicants to wait six months or longer to land a job that aligns with their education and/or experience. The Military & Family Readiness center can assist with information about overseas employment opportunities, education and training resources, resume writing and interview skills.
Employment Opportunities On-Base
Employment Opportunities Off-Base
As part of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) in the UK, command-sponsored family members (military or civilian) with a vignette stamp in their U.S. no-fee passport (and no employment restrictions on their passport/visa) are able to work on the British economy without a work permit. A National Insurance Number (NIN) is required and is similar to a SSN. Click Here to apply online for an NIN. [https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number#4]
More Employment Resources
Life In Norway
Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO)
Education & Training
Visit the Education Center for advice on education benefits, counseling to assist you reach your education goals, and testing services. University of Maryland Global Campus [https://europe.umgc.edu/] also offers programs at RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth.
RAF Alconbury Education Center
Commercial: +44 01480 843306
RAF Croughton Education Center
Commercial: +44 01280 708132
Additional Education Resources
Veteran.com Military Spouse Education Benefits
Childcare facilities are available on-base at RAF Alconbury and RAF Croughton. To apply for a space with any of these Child and Youth Programs, visit https://militarychildcare.com/.
Alconbury Child Development Center-Paddington Station
Commercial:+44 01480 843675
Alconbury Youth Programs
Commercial:+44 01480 843604
Croughton Child Development Center
Commercial:+44 01280 70 8420
Croughton Youth Programs
Commercial:+44 01280 70 8543
Click Here to search for registered childminders off-base in the UK.
15 Hours Free Early Education for 3 & 4 year-old children
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 free hours per year. It’s usually taken as 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year, but can be adjusted with your provider.
The free early education and childcare:
• Must be with an approved childcare provider
• Stops when your child starts in reception class or reaches compulsory school age
• May incur extra costs like meals, nappies or trips
• Can start from the term after your child’s 3rd birthday
Click Here to find out more about free early child education with GOV.UK.
The Military and Family Readiness Center (M&FRC) offers a multitude of services aimed at improving the quality of life for all DoD ID card holders. The M&FRC is one part of the installation network that can support you and/or your family in a variety of areas to include: work and family life; personal finances; and deployments; exceptional family member family support, relocation and transition. Make the M&FRC one of your first stops upon arriving at your installation; our programs and services are an important resource for you and your family.
Commercial: +44 01480 843557
Commercial: +44 01280 708158
The Key Spouse Program is an official unit/family program designed to enhance readiness and disseminate family-relevant information and strengthen community. It is a commander’s program that promotes partnerships with unit leadership, commander-appointed volunteer Key Spouses families, the M&FRC and other community/helping agencies. The program addresses the needs of all military as well as civilian families, with special emphasis on support throughout the deployment cycle, PCSing, and major family changes. Your sponsor should let you know how to contact your unit’s Key Spouse team, or contact the M&FRC to find out how to connect.
Families associated with the JAC at RAF Molesworth can email email@example.com or connect on Facebook at JAC Molesworth Families.
Spouses in Stavanger, please contact 426ABSkeyspouse@gmail.com.
Alconbury Molesworth Spouse Club is a community social club that supports and strengthens the base community. You do not need to be a spouse to become a member. We are open to any DOD cardholder who is a part of the Alconbury, Molesworth and Wyton community.
Our mission is to build the local spouse network while supporting the entire Alconbury-Molesworth community. AMSC is a private organization and is not affiliated with the Department of Defense or US Air Force.
Our purpose is to support the tri-base community through social and professional connections.
AMSC also gives back to the community by providing the Thrift Shop, DejaNew - Community Closet, on RAF Alconbury, through funds requests for squadron/unit events, and by offering annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors and spouses who are going back to school.
Visit the AMSC Facebook page for more information and upcoming events at https://www.facebook.com/AMSpouse/
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The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Overseas Program provides you and your family with several important benefits:
*If you're using WIC in the U.S., you can continue your participation in the WIC Overseas program without having to re-qualify. Once you transfer overseas, contact your local WIC Overseas office to make plans to switch to WIC Overseas drafts.
WIC Overseas counselors determine eligibility for the program by evaluating income, family size, and certain other criteria. Once a WIC Overseas counselor certifies you or a family member, you or the family member can enroll in the program. Your WIC Overseas counselor will determine how long you can participate in the program. Those who may be eligible for the WIC Overseas Program include:
Contact your local WIC Overseas office to see if you and your children are eligible for WIC Overseas nutritional benefits:
Alconbury- Commercial: +44 01480-84-3158
Croughton- Commercial: +44 1280-70-8248
Stavanger- Commercial: + 44 01638-52-1728