Military life is a funny thing. Nothing ever seems to stay the same, but somehow, we embrace change as our “normal.” Finding civilian friends who understand your “normal” is another funny, yet rare thing – much like a unicorn. We know they’re out there, and when we find one, it’s magical. While not all of our civilian friends understand military life, there’s always a military spouse out there who can relate to the exact place you’re at in your life.
In honor of your “normal,” here are a few of the funnier ways you know you’re a military spouse:
- You have enjoyed a beautiful sunset on your installation, complete with barbed wire fences in the view.
- The majority of your laundry consists of camouflage, green shirts, and brown socks. If you’re Navy or Coast Guard, it’s blue shirts and black socks.
- You can pack and unpack a house within a couple days, but you still have a few boxes that haven’t been unpacked from your move 2 years ago.
- Your kids have a drawer full of soccer jerseys from playing on so many different teams over your years of moving around.
- You use a military I.D. all the time and get frustrated when places ask for a “real I.D.”
- You still find colorful little moving tags on various pieces of furniture even though it’s been a year since your last PCS. Bonus points if you’ve found multiple tags from multiple PCS’s on the same piece of furniture.
- You don’t panic when your doctor walks in wearing ACU’s or BDU’s.
- You know that a month-long separation is short, no matter what anyone says.
- You read all of the homecoming banners on base and smile over each one. Then wonder, “What will my banner say?”
- You save voicemails from your spouse, so you can listen to them anytime you think of him or her.
- You have two anniversaries: your Justice of the Peace anniversary and your wedding anniversary.
- You answer your spouse’s text messages with “Roger.”
- You know there is no such thing as “planning in advance,” and you know you can’t make solid plans on where you will spend Christmas until the middle of December.
- You have three jobs on your resume for the last two years.
- You know your spouse’s social security number better than your own and often confuse the two when filling out documents about yourself.
- When you go out on the town, you constantly have to point out that your date of birth is on the back of your military I.D.
- You celebrate holidays based on duty schedules.
- You have 20 different sized curtains to fit all the different windows of houses you’ve lived in.
- You refer to your spouse’s friends by their last name. And no one holds it against you if you don’t know their first name.
- You have found at least 10 different sets of orange foam earplugs in the washer or dryer.
- You always have to explain to employers why you have had so many jobs by age 26. Then you hope they take you seriously knowing you may be leaving soon.
- You have a Florida driver’s license, with an Oklahoma license plate, and you live in Virginia.
- You are a pro at prepping a dress uniform.
- You tear up when you hear “God Bless the USA,” even though you’ve heard it 50 times before.
- When your spouse is deployed, you are married to your phone, email, and/or Skype.
- You know to stay FAR away from the commissary near the 1st and 15th of every month, and if you absolutely have to go on those days, it’s a planned mission with emergency exit options.
Can you relate to any of these? If so, let us know and submit your own in the comments section below!