Going to a military dining out? Prepare to have a whole lot of fun. However, dining outs are a little different from the typical balls and galas that you may be familiar with. To help you make the most of this age-old ritual, here are five things to know before your first dining out…
Four years ago, I was a brand new military wife and I had just traded the palm trees and tacos of a small California surf town for the cobblestone streets and clam chowder of an East Coast island town. I may still have been on US soil, but moving to our first duty station as a new Navy spouse, everything felt so strange and different that I might as well have been halfway across the world.
Moving to a new duty station always takes some adjustment, but there are a few proactive steps any military wife can take in order to make it feel more familiar almost instantly. Ready to stop feeling like a stranger at your new duty station? Here are four fun and foolproof ways for military spouses to feel at home in an unfamiliar location!
It was 3 AM and LTJG Husband was at sea again. What was that noise? Was someone in the house? I lay awake for a few anxious minutes before deciding I hadn’t heard anything. My eyes drifted shut, only to bounce back open when another unfamiliar noise drifted in the window. It’s just someone walking by. Everything is okay.
Most military wives will- at some point- spend time living outside their military community. Whether its crashing with family during a deployment, staying in your home state while hubby does an independent assignment, or simply choosing to live farther from base in order to buy a home, many of us have had a taste of what life is like as a military wife outside of our military support system.
Congratulations! You just peed on a stick and that magical second pink line appeared. You’re pregnant! Unfortunately, when you’re a military wife, you know that the 1001 questions that the average woman has when she finds out she is pregnant are tripled when you are entrenched in military life. As military wives, we have to think about things that others don’t, like: Will the father be deployed before the birth? Will I have help when the baby comes with my family living on the other side of the country? How do I see a doctor and what kind of care is covered?