August 3, 2009

5/22/08 Marine Corps Wife Life 101...

After completing my freshman year in military life, these are a few little tidbits that I picked up along the way that every Marine Corps wife should know.
  • Always greet your hubby at the door with a smile and a kiss.-
  • f he's late, it's probably not his fault.
  • Take care of household obligations during the day so you can have more quality time with your hubby at night.
  • Get your house set up ASAP after a move to make it feel like home quicker.
  • If a task is overwhelming, start at the beginning and do one step at a time.
  • Explore and find the charm in each area you live in. There is always something to do.
  • Be nice to everyone, but choose your friends carefully.
  • Never gossip.
  • If you absolutely need to share a story about someone else, use general terms and no names.
  • Be positive.
  • Never bring up the topic of children to someone unless you know for sure it isn't a touchy subject.
  • If the military owes you money, you will eventually get it.
  • If you owe the military money, they will take it from your pay immediately.
  • Be flexible.
  • If you ask 3 higher-ups the same question, you will get 3 different answers.
  • Always ask for a military discount.
  • Look for free military tickets at local attractions on special days (Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, 4th of July...places especially love the military on those days!).
  • Make and keep friends that live in Hawaii.
  • Your family's reputation will precede you at any base you go to.
  • Never publicly argue with the Major's wife.
  • Don't touch "wife drama" with a 10-foot pole.
  • You can be proud of your hubby's accomplishments, but don't brag about them.
  • There will always be someone who chooses to be negative about everything. Ignore them.
  • -Try to go to most things you are invited to.
  • Going to a new duty station is like starting college. You have tons of things to learn and everyone is looking for friends.
  • Your hubby is making more than most just out of college. Don't complain about his pay. Be good stewards of the financial blessings God has given you.
  • Try to understand the pressures your hubby feels. He just needs you to be supportive.
  • Always be a proud Marine Corps wife. You and your hubby are doing amazing things.


  1. first of all, the music choice is of course impeccable. your taste never falters, my dear. secondly, this is such an enjoyable read! i love your list in particular (if the military owes you money, it’ll eventually come, if you owe them money, they’ll take it immediately…). i’m glad you’ve started posting this!

  2. I love how you kept putting in “be flexible” (semper gumbi) and “be positive”… completely true!

    I need to do better about going to things I’m invited to. I’m pretty much shy until I get to know someone a little better (and then they’re like “Shy? You!? WTF?”)…

    Also, I WISH that were true about them taking their money immediately. Through a glitch, we got paid our DLA and travel expenses (and partial DITY stuff) from our last move TWICE, and so we owe them almost 3,000 dollars. It’s been about a month and they haven’t taken it back yet. How annoying is that!?
    I guess only a little annoying since we put it in our money market account so it’s making us some interest right now. yay free loan!


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