So, you love a service member. They could be your son or daughter, your boyfriend, or long term partner, but there are likely a number of things you’ve yet to understand about the military lifestyle. As an “outsider” on the inside, it can be difficult to feel connected to the military community, especially when your service member is deployed or away on duty.
Modern military families take on many different shapes and forms, and it’s important for you to know the basic information and resources available to your unique situation. Getting everything down can be confusing, even for those that grew up in the military, let alone for parents or boyfriends trying to nail down the logistics. Whether you think an FRG* is the toy robot your nephew wants for Christmas, or you just want to know how to keep in touch with your service member while they’re deployed, the new Partners, Parents, and Significant Others section of our website has you covered. Find information particular to those new to the military lifestyle or just approaching the military from a new perspective. Acronyms, benefits, and information for caregivers—we’ve put it all in one place!
As a non-ID card holder, you are likely not near a military installation, and there are many things that you might not have access to. Your service member is always your best information resource, but they might not always be available to help with questions and concerns as they arise. Create your own military community by staying in the know through your service member’s leadership, and becoming part of local groups and organizations that provide support and resources. With our nation at war for more than a decade, it is an especially difficult time to have a loved one in the military, but having the right resources and information can help provide some stability in the most unstable of times.
*an FRG isn’t a toy robot—it’s a Family Readiness Group.
Experienced military families: what’s something you’ve learned that you would pass on to a non-ID card holder as they learn more about the military?