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How To Survive Basic Training as an Army Significant Other
The day you’ve been dreading is coming, or maybe it’s already here. Your recruit is leaving home to start his new life as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. Whether you’re married, engaged, or in a steady relationship, these tips will help these next two or three months go by a little bit easier.
Israeli and Palestinian Conflicts
Part I I was born in 1998, in a small hospital just outside of Tel Aviv, Israel. Long before then, a war in 1948 caused Israel and Palestine to have a continuing conflict regarding the land in Israel. Because of this, Palestine started carrying out attacks all over Israel. As far back as I can recall, these attacks have taken place just miles from my home, but in September of 2015, that all changed.
Military and Marriage
The military can be a wonderful thing to be part of even though I’m not in the military I am married to it. My husband and I met before he joined, we both worked at Walmart overnight and the more we got to know each other the more we both starting to fall in love with each other. Working overnight wasn’t a career either one of us, I needed to support kids because my soon to be ex and I were separated and my now husband was working in order to help pay his parents bills. It wasn’t till my divorce was finalized that we went on our first date, there he told me that he has always wanted to be a pilot for the Air Force. His eyes aren’t the greatest so being a pilot is out but he was really passionate about being in the military. Ultimately after quite a few discussions he finally talked to a recruiter and got signed up.
Growing up, my mother called me Penelope like an afterthought. As if she had come to regret naming me after a dead man. The walls of my apartment are empty now. The mouth of my mailbox glares at me, black hungry, vacant. The week you left, I tore apart a book of coupons that came in the mail, terrified that your first letter, the one bearing your new address, was hidden somewhere between its useless pages. I knew it was too early to expect anything. I checked anyway.
Things You Only Understand If Your Spouse Is Deployed
No deployment is the same, but some of the struggles that military families go through are universal. Though it's challenging to go through this time period, it is nice to know that you are not alone in your feelings. There are obvious ups and downs of being a military family member, and knowing that many people are on a similar path to yours makes it that much more bareable. These are some of the things you only understand if your spouse is deployed.
It was a beautiful day, and I was in my bedroom playing with my baby sister Katie and her dolly she had named Cherry. I was sixteen. Katie giggled as I tickled her.
Open Letter to the Military Girlfriend… Who’s Still a Girlfriend
He leaves for boot camp (you join a girlfriend support page), he goes to more training after that (you start seeing people get married, aww), he gets stationed... now what? Now you get flooded with cute posts of court house weddings and you naturally get jealous because why not you? Right? Wroooong.
Tough Love: How a Soldier's Advice Led to a Military Decision
My mom took the oath of enlistment at the age of 17. Just before she had retired at the age of 43, at the rank of Sergeant First Class — an E-7 in the Army — she decided to have a conversation with me after school, one that she would repeat time after time again — especially when I became a part of my high school's MCJROTC program. She told me that if I ever joined the Army like she did, I would regret it; more specifically, she said she would beat my ass. But why the negative reaction? Everyone in my family had expected me to follow in her footsteps and join, maybe even be a part of the Signal Corps like she was. But no: Sergeant Walker would not have it. "My child? Join the Army," she'd declare. "Over my dead body."
Continuing the Legacy
I remember sitting and intently listening to my grandfather and father talk about their time served in the military. I remember them sharing stories of heroism, death of close friends and the long lasting affects of being at war. I worry about my brothers both serving in the military, one a Marine and the other a Navy sailor. Neither have seen war, but ISIS is lurking around every corner and each and every day media reports another heinous crime committed by ISIS. I know it's not if my brothers will be deployed, but when.
How to Get Married in Proper Military Fashion
Step One: do not make definite plans. I should have kept this in mind from the very beginning, but I still allowed myself to get my hopes up when it seemed that things were going our way.
Becoming a Military Wife
His strong work ridden hands gently graze my back as he begins to work the knots out from a long day of caring for our 11-month-old daughter and the rest of the day's worries. As his hands glide thoroughly up and down my back, the day's tension loosens from my back just at his touch. Then, as he finishes the massage, I get one last final gentle rub to ensure all my stress is gone.
I couldn't afford to lose her again. I already felt the loss and I couldn't stand to go through it again. So I fought, I fought hard. I would go back home to my wife. I would see her face again, feel her lips against mine. My arms would wrap around her waist and pull her close I would not lose her and I would not lose my children. If anything else I would make it home for them. All of them.