Friday, September 30, 2011

Five Questions-- Hard Choices

My friend Jennifer is facing some tough choices now that her husband is home from deployment and his newest set of orders has them in a tailspin.   I know so many people who have orders, but who want to stay where they are for the stability of their families...and I know others, of similar ranks and job skills, who want to move.  Some day, Branch and the Army might even get it right.

I hope.

1. What is something you know now about military life that you wish someone had told you?

That neither you or your soldier have any control over their career and no matter if you do all the right things there is no guarantee that they will be appreciated and promoted in a timely, fair manner.

2. What is the most important thing you'd like to tell new spouses? 

To get involved immediately, take AFTB (Army Family Team Building). Research all the programs and resources available to you from the beginning and make use of them the fullest extent you can.

3. What do you love the most?

The old camaraderie between spouses; not sure it really exists anymore but we used to all take care of each other.

4. What do you find the hardest?

War, the separation it causes and the problems it causes the soldier and their families when returning.

5. Tell me a story that sums up military life for you. 

Being newly married 800 miles from home and showing up at our first duty station. We signed for a house 3 days later and my soldier had to go to work so he dropped me off to an empty house with no phone and no tv reception to unpack the few things we had in our car and get situated and get going on this roller coaster that is Army Life.

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