Yes, National Guard and Reserve Spouses are Military Spouses Too

Yes, National Guard and Reserve Spouses are Military Spouses Too I’m not sure where the idea came from that National Guard and Reserve spouses are not military spouses. This myth, it’s not a good one. Serving in the National Guard or Reserves is just a different way of serving in the military. As far as I am concerned, if your spouse puts on a uniform, you are in fact a military spouse. It doesn’t matter the branch; it doesn’t matter the status, you are a military spouse. While it is true that being married to an active duty soldier and …

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To the National Guard Spouse During AT

To the National Guard Spouse During AT

To the National Guard Spouse During AT It’s summer! Well…almost. Today is actually the last day of school, so I am calling it. And with summer comes a lot of fun. Time at the pool, sleeping in, BBQs, movies in the park…but summer also brings something big for us National Guard and Reserve spouses…AT. Annual training. The “two weeks a year” part of the National Guard commitment we always hear so often. My husband’s AT has been different every year. The first year he was gone on the fourth of July, for about two and a half weeks. I think …

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The National Guard Doesn’t Deploy and Other Myths That Are Simply Not True

The National Guard Doesn't Deploy and Other Myths That Are Simply Not True

The National Guard Doesn’t Deploy and Other Myths That Are Simply Not True I have been a National Guard spouse for four years now. After years as an active duty spouse, I am very aware of the differences, even if some of them don’t apply to me directly. There are a lot of myths about the National Guard and Reserves life out there that simply are not true. I think a lot of them are there simply because people don’t know any National Guard or Reserve families or make assumptions based on things they have read or heard about in …

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5 Challenges of Being a Military Spouse Married to a Member of the National Guard or the Reserves

5 Challenges of Being a Military Spouse Married to a Member of the National Guard or the Reserves

5 Challenges of Being a Military Spouse Married to a Member of the National Guard or the Reserves I spent almost 9 years as an active duty army wife, and now it has been over three years since I became a National Guard spouse. I feel like on some levels I have seen both sides. On the other hand, because we live right outside Fort Campbell, a very military town, my life looks a little different from other National Guard and Reserve spouse life. However, I know that there are some pretty specific struggles and challenges that affect these military spouses. …

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Military Spouse Memes for National Guard Spouses

Military Spouse Memes for National Guard Spouses

Military Spouse Memes for National Guard Spouses National Guard life can be a whole different ball game than active duty life. You might be far away from any other military spouses, your spouse isn’t in his military uniform all of the time, and you have lived in the same place for the last 15 years. We watch our spouse work hard during the work week at their civilian jobs and then put on the military uniform for monthly drills and yearly trainings. We watch as they go off to schools and even deploy. We feel the same pride our active …

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To the Military Spouse That Does Not Live in a Military Community

Military Spouse

To the Military Spouse That Does Not Live in a Military Community Almost three years ago, my husband ended his time in the active duty army and joined the National Guard. In some ways, this was a big change for us. Leaving active duty is a challenge and one that we have had to work through. He no longer wore the uniform on a daily basis, we started paying for Tricare, and PCSing was no longer an option for us. However, since we decided to stay in the Fort Campbell area, we still live in a military community. Most of …

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3 Things That Will Bother You After Military Life Is Over

After Military Life Is Over

3 Things That Will Bother You After Military Life Is Over In June, it will be two years since my husband left Active Duty Army. He didn’t retire either. He was at 10 years and the day after he joined the National Guard. They say that you miss things once military life is over. I will admit, I didn’t want to believe people when they said this. I knew we were staying in a military town so I knew I would still be able to make friends with others living the military life. I knew that I would still have …

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On Living Near Fort Hamilton In New York City

On Living Near Fort Hamilton In New York City

Happy to have this guest post by Amanda on living near Ft. Hamilton, in NYC. Please visit my Duty station guest post page for posts on other locations or more information about how you can write a guest post about where you have been stationed. After I moved to New York City back in 2001, I was prepared to see the sights… things like Broadway shows, Times Square, museums, just to name a few. When I met my future husband in 2005 and we married in 2008, I was introduced to a whole new world called the Army National Guard. My now husband had …

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Finding New Roads After Military Life

It’s been almost a year since my husband got out of the Army. It’s been challenging to figure out what we are supposed to do and what the future is going to be for us. We have made a few mistakes along the way and still trying to figure out what needs to happen. After you have been in the Military for a while, you start to take things for granted. Regular paychecks on the 1st and 15th, free Tricare, being a part of the community. When you get out, all of that changes and you have to work on finding new …

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What I Miss About Active Duty Life

What I Miss About Active Duty Life It’s been almost 8 months since my husband ended his Active Duty Army life. We haven’t moved away from Ft. Campbell so we are still surrounded by the Military and since he is in the National Guard we still experience some of that life. We still have Army stuff in our house, we can shop at the Commissary and I go on post several times a week with no issues. However, there are a few things I do miss about life as an active duty Army family. If your spouse has gotten out of the Military, …

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