I see posts and discussions online all the time about expectations of military life. Preparing for this lifestyle is slightly impossible, but I’ve put together a little list to get you started!
So, you’ve met the man of your dreams and fell in love! Congratulations! Now begins the rollercoaster. You will spend tons of time apart due to work, training and deployments. Holidays come and go and customs forms can be filled out blindfolded.
Buy new furniture. Stick all of it in a moving truck and drive that truck like you stole it! Go over every speed bump you can find and take turns as sharp as possible! Bang that furniture up real good. Now, rent a house that doesn’t have room for all that lovely banged up furniture. Oh, and don’t forget all the lovely colorful stickers that you will be finding for the next 20 years!
Cry, laugh and drink! Meet the best people ever, become great friends and then you will all move in opposite directions. Just learn to embrace the adventure.
Hurry up and wait! You will figure this one out sooner than later.
9-5? What the hell is that?!? Seriously.
New address? Having trouble changing all the bills and stuff over to the new address? Try remembering all of them for the past 6 years to fill out a form!
Learn to sleep with your phone and computer. Wait… did I say sleep? Deployments suck. And you will learn to have cereal for dinner!
If you plan on going to the commissary on the 1st or 15th, make sure to use your husband’s combat gear! It can get rowdy in there!
Wait for your husband to receive PCS orders and then spend a couple of weeks losing your sanity and running around like a crazy lady. He gets a stack of papers and you get a 101 list of things that have to be done in two weeks. Congrats!
Go ahead and ask your husband what time he’s getting off work. Make plans. Then wait 3-4 hours after said time and ask yourself if it’s too late for coffee or too early for a drink!
Join the FRG, sit back with a bag of popcorn and enjoy the show! It gets that good!
Not handy around the house? No problem. You will learn that kicking or hitting something with a hammer while cussing works wonders.
Lastly, remember to just go with it! Enjoy your life. You’re married to your best friend and love of your life. Learn to laugh and laugh often!