30 Telltale Signs You're a Military Wife

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military homecomingBeing a military wife may not be a "job," but the women behind all those men in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard live a life like no other. They're brave. They're strong. And they can pack a house up like nobody's business!

So what makes a military wife? Other than the fact that she's got a husband in uniform? We asked women who are married to servicemen to share some of their favorite signs that they are SUCH a military wife, and some are pretty hilarious!

Here's what they said ...

1. You call your husband by his last name.

2. You don't know your husband's friends' first names!

3. You have packing your house up down to a science.

4. When you're asked to spell your name, and you say, "Charlie, Alpha ..."

5. You call his underwear BVDs.

6. Your home phone has one area code, and your cellphone has another.

7. You're tempted to salute instead of putting your hand on your heart when you hear the National Anthem.

8. You don't even blink when you hear a helicopter ... or gunfire.

9. You can rattle off his Social Security number but have to think about your own.

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10. The under-side of your furniture is covered in TMO stickers.

11. You write everything in pencil because it's probably going to change (especially his return date).

12. You plan vacations around deployments (and it's always to go back home to visit family anyway).

13. You've been to three different colleges trying to finally finish that bachelor's degree.

14. You stand before every movie.

15. You carry your cellphone EVERYWHERE just in case he calls (yes, you've even put it in a plastic bag and taken it into the shower).

16. You tell time in "hundred hours."

17. You want to take the hats off the men at a stadium during the National Anthem.

18. You can tell if a Marine is out of regulation.

19. Your address book is completely in pencil.

20. Your closet has more camo than any other color.

21. You're itching to move after 2 1/2 years.

22. You're on a first name basis with everyone from the post office.

23. You hear your husband went for a "hump" and aren't worried about him cheating.

24. You wish the commissary would open on Mondays.

25. You've known your BEST friend for three months, and she'd show up in the delivery room if you asked.

26. You keep track of the time by "Reveille," "Retreat," and "Taps."

27. You've told the dog to "stand down."

28. You know how to get black boot polish out of carpet.

29. You have to escort your friends to your house.

30. You almost never celebrate a holiday or birthday on the actual day.

All right, add yours!

How do you know you're SUCH a military wife?


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nonmember avatar Kathrine

#7. No. Civilians are not entitled to salute. Any military wife should know that.

nonmember avatar mel

cheating is prevalent in military. I think I'd be scared he'd cheat on me. Even the best most upstanding guys can get weak.

CKel CKel

Are you a military spouse? As an Army wife for 8 years I can say no to over 10 of those things.. It all seems a little outdated especially the boot polish as the men havent ben wearing black boots for about 5 years now.

 And to Mel, there is no more cheating in the Miitary than anywhere else. If a man is going to cheat it doesnt matter his profession and honestly I have known more wives to cheat on their husbands that are deployed than the soldiers themselves. The saddest was when we were at the pool and a woman I briefly met was there with her kids and the youngest was calling some other man daddy when his real daddy was in Afghanistan.

LawNO... LawNOrderMommy

As a former soldier and wife of a active duty Marine a lot of these are off. Seriously when was the last time you saw a non service member salute the flag? And if less spouses hassled service members about regulations they *think they know* it would be a much improved change. I will give you #10 all the way though, those damn stickers are EVERYWHERE!!!!

nonmember avatar courtney

I think the sign you should be looking for is "you're married to a soldier"

tbruc... tbrucemom

I was a military wife over 30 years ago so most of these are very true (i.e. boot polish). I still know my Marine ex-husband's SSN by heart but not my current husband's, lol. The one I would add is having a different vocabulary for everyday things (bathroom is the head, hat is a cover, etc.).

1Choctaw 1Choctaw

Seriously?! I only called my husband by his last name when I first got stationed with him and had not gotten to know him. Even when I was active duty I never spelled my name by Alpha,Charlie, Delta, ect....#5 Dumb...HOWEVER I can totally relate to a lot of these. Especially wanting to take hats off of people during the National Anthem.

Aloha... AlohaMimi

Yeah, I am married to a Marine and most of those don't apply to me or my family. 

Ellen Waltos

I'm pretty sure the article isn't saying this is how EVERY military wife feels! Gosh people calm yourselves! Every one has different experiences! 

1Choctaw 1Choctaw

LoL....Ellen.... I don't think anyone was in a uproar. It is just obvious a non military person wrote this article. And the points most people pointed out was not much applied to them.

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