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Hi all,

Thank you in advance for any guidance you can provide.

I am wondering what my chances are in attaining a full-time teaching position as a local hire if I join my partner in Okinawa.

Some background: I hold an state teaching license and a bachelor's degree in Elementary and Exceptional Student Education (special ed). I have seven years of experience, five teaching and two working as an instructional coach. I am working on a master's in educational administration. I have taught internationally for four years in South Korea and now Colombia, but in private, international schools, not DODEA. I have filled out my online application from DODEA EAS, but hear that this process can take years.

My partner has been stationed in Okinawa for some months and will be there for the next two and a half years. We plan to get married this winter. Initially, I thought that our marriage would allow me to claim spousal preference, but it appears this only applies ...See More
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Emelia Thank you for your insight and quick response. Do you happen to know if you need Command Sponsorship to become a substitute, or is SOFA status sufficient?
Oct 23
Emelia Thank you for your insight and quick response. Do you happen to know if you need Command Sponsorship to become a substitute, or is SOFA status sufficient?
Oct 23
Emelia Thank you for your insight and quick response. Do you happen to know if you need Command Sponsorship to become a substitute, or is SOFA status sufficient?
Oct 23
haha I believe SOFA status would be sufficient but we're not military so don't really have much experience/knowledge of the difference.
Oct 23
Mary When married, the orders can be updated. You can only get SOFA status if you are on orders. You can only stay 90 days on visitor visa without orders. If trying to be hired as local hire, I suggest requesting the orders be amended.
Oct 29


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