I truly enjoy being part of the military community about 87% of the time. I’ve made some amazing friends, lived in a variety of locations, and experienced the camaraderie that can occur within this lifestyle. And over the past 10 years, I’ve learned a couple nuggets of wisdom. So I thought I’d share some of them with all of you…
10 Rules for the Military Wife
- Always introduce yourself by your husband’s name and rank. For good measure, go ahead and throw in how many times he has been deployed.
- Constantly remind your civilian friends that they have no idea how difficult it is to be a military wife.
- Ask every establishment if they have a military discount. If they don’t, be sure to remind the customer service representative that your husband fights for his/her freedom. Then go home and write an email to the corporate office expressing your dismay with their lack of recognition of the military. If the email is filled with text speak, you’re already ahead of the game!
- Calling cards are a must. Make sure you have them professionally made – the slight perforated edges on home printed cards are a dead giveaway of no class and will likely result in a shunning.
- When given free items or experiences at a military-sponsored event, show your appreciation by complaining. This goes over really well with the organizations that show their support by volunteering time and money.
- If all of your Facebook status updates don’t reference the hardships associated with the military lifestyle, you’re doing it wrong.
- If the line is too long at the commissary, inform the nearest worker of your husband’s rank and ask if another lane can be opened to accommodate your busy schedule. If this doesn’t work, cut in front of the retired shoppers – you deserve to use the commissary more than they do.
- Keep a close eye on other wives. If you see any infractions being made, take note and share with other wives. If you feel it necessary to get the command involved, go ahead and contact the leadership. They often appreciate updates detailing such occurrences.
- Get professional photographs taken of you wearing your husband’s uniform. The more suggestive, the better.
- Constantly complain about the free health care. Civilians love to hear about Tricare despite paying $400+ a month for a health care plan with co-pays. Trust me.
Somehow this post just didn’t feel complete without a vintage military STD-awareness poster.
What are some of your rules for the military wife?