20 Signs You Love Someone in the Military


military loveHappy Veterans Day, everyone! Today, November 11, families everywhere honor our past and present military heroes for their time and service defending our country. I'm excited to report that I'll be celebrating (read: getting him a free meal, somewhere) with one of my favorite veterans, my boyfriend, later this afternoon.

Last year, things were much different. He wasn't home yet, but I was preparing for his homecoming after his yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. For those of us who have military loves, the battles we face while they are away are similar. Which is exactly why today is the perfect chance for us to celebrate one another, as well as our hardworking heroes.

You know you're a military lover when ...

1. Your cellphone is always in view.

2. You're an expert in the culinary field of which baked goods have the longest staying power.

3. You've mastered the smile and nod technique after countless dinners with his military buddies where the only time they involve you in conversation is to ask how the kids are doing or how your job is.

4. At one point or another, you've made a list of things to tell your sweetie the next time he calls during a long deployment.

5. You know the difference between an APO and an FOB.

6. Your home looks like it's decorated for July 4 year-round.

7. If your state doesn't sell alcohol on Sundays, you're not worried because you can always get it from the local PX (it's the Army's miniature version of Target).

8. You don't think twice looking at a military time format.

9. Your neighbors think you're cheating on your guy with the mailman because you get so excited to see him every day.

10. You find comfort knowing you can overpack for vacation since your man is used to carrying a much heavier rucksack around in hell-like temperatures.

11. You can't watch Dear John without crying at least five times.

12. The people at the post office know you by your first name.

13. You have an urge to talk to every single man or woman you see in uniform.

14. You wish they made cuter military bumper stickers so you could brag to the driver unnecessarily tailgating you during rush hour.

15. Hearing your girlfriend complain about her significant other leaving for the weekend makes you want to shake her uncontrollably (with love, of course).

16. You understand the importance of physical fitness, mostly because your man will be a cranky mess if you don't give him time to hit the gym.

17. You don't think twice about going to family dinner (with his family) when he's not around.

18. Hello homecoming! You know exactly which of your coats you look the thinnest in, and have shopped one-too-many times for the perfect accessories to go with it.

19. You can tell whether he's having a good or a bad day by the way he says hello on the phone.

20. You can proudly say you're a better woman because of your soldier.

What's your favorite thing about your military man?


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nonmember avatar Christen

21) as part of a mil to mil marriage you are constantly looking for someone to watch the dog/kids/house while on different shifts or detachments.

Mariagna Noriega

This is SO true except my mailman is a lady so the ideas my neighbors get are probably much worse haha. But I am glad that I'm less than 2 days away from having my Airman home!!!

nonmember avatar Liz

Your #15 annoys me. Mostly because I can't stand people who pull the "you can't complain, because I have it worse" mentality. You're friend should be able to tell you how she feels about something without you judging her feelings as trivial and unimportant. That's what being a friend is about. And, yes I have loved someone in the military, so I know how much it sucks.

lovem... lovemyairman150

^^^^^save it, lady. We're talk about our favorite thing about our military men. Not how you're acting pissy on a post no one forced you to read--that being said, I love everything about my airman, but most especially how sweet and genuine he is. He has a great temperament. And we both know to not take the little things for granted b/c we never know when uncle sam will call again..

jessn... jessnip17

DEFINITELY #20!!!!!!!!!!!

Theresa Jones

I'm a long time service gir,l I grew up in the army and now am married to one of the worlds finest soldiers.I love being a military spouse and daughter and make the best of every moment life gives me because of that. So in short the whole list above is beyond true in my house, and all I have to say is GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Lione... Lioness2311

11 15 and 19 yes indee i love my hubby!

Karen Stewart

22) You never start dinner until he calls FROM THE CAR to say he's on his way home! (Too many dinners gone cold because he SAYS he'll be home at 1700, only to roll in at 2100 with a sheepish grin)

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