Time to take a break from cleaning so I can fill out the MFF for the week! Check out Wifey's if you want to participate!
1. What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)? submitted by Our Crazy Life Tough competition! I follow a ton of milspouse blogs, but I'm going to say my top two (it's a tie!) are Natalia's Army of Two and the eponymous Just Another Snarky Navy Wife. I appreciate blogs that I can relate to - kindred spirits, of sorts. Natalia is another 30something wife, no kids, who's highly educated and going into the military herself. Snarky Navy Wife is just hilarious and drops the f-bombs like I tend to do in real life, although I'm working on it. She poses critical arguments about current events and real military life, that many don't have the ovaries or the desire to touch. I can respect that and relate to it, with my background in Women's Studies.
2. What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are perks)? submitted by Ramblings of a Marine Wife Not having to worry about cooking dinner for everyone, being able to maintain the cleanliness of the household without DH messing it up, monopolizing the TV and the bed, coming and going as I please, hanging out with my friends and going out dancing, the extra money and being able to splurge and not worry so much about finances, minimal arguments between DH and I (since he's really lovey dovey when he's away), and being able to focus on whatever I'm doing, rather than thinking about getting home as soon as possible. Whew! I really do thrive during a deployment, I won't lie to you.
3. How long did you date your <significant other> before getting engaged? Married? submitted by Utterly Chaotic We never really dated, I'll say that. We had a whirlwind romance and moved in together three and a half months after we started seeing each other/fell in love. It was a full two years before we were married, although some "friends," and I say that very loosely, would have you think it was a much shorter time. Yes, there's a story there, but it's best left for trusted individuals.
4. What do you think your <significant other> would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? submitted by Adventures of M-Squared My DH is in the reserves and hasn't found permanent employment in the five months that he's been out here. This is a battle we fight every day, as I've written about on here. There are some days where I wish he'd do anything - legal, of course. Luckily, he has recently upped his motivation and officially enrolled in our local community college today! He's going back to school to get a degree in Criminal Justice while he waits to start the law enforcement academy there. He's got a lot of experience and skills in the HVAC area, but he doesn't want to go back to that. He's also a skilled carpenter, and has done construction before. I just want him to be satisfied with what he does and get the same feeling of fulfillment that I do.
5. If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families? submitted by My Life as His (Air Force) Wife I would highlight the continued need for a better transition program for soldiers leaving active duty. The experience of the individual is completely dependent on the sending unit. DH's command rarely let him get away to take care of his business, didn't provide him with the correct information about the processes and protocol, and it's part of the reason we've been suffering. The Air Force is rumored to have a better program, and while they accept other service members, it's difficult to get into. I would also bring to their attention the awkwardness between those transitioning from AD to Reserve status, the lack of knowledge about transition services for Tricare, and other problems we've faced.
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