Is Rank Really An Issue When It Comes To Making Friends As A Military Spouse?
Did you ever watch Army Wives? You know how those military spouses are all such good friends despite their spouse’s rank? Is that even possible? Well, yes, and no.
While there are some cases when two spouses probably wouldn’t be friends because of rank, I think, for the most part, spouses don’t care. I would question the level of friendship between some of those characters on Army Wives, but in the end, I think they could all be friendly with one another, if nothing else.
There are very few military spouses that ask a potential friend what their spouse’s rank is before they decide to befriend them. In my real life experience of being an Army wife, usually, a husband’s rank comes out but it is not something that you use to evaluate a friendship. Usually, the conversation goes something like this, “we are PCSing to Fort Hood and I wonder what E-5 housing is like” or, “once he goes to such and such a school, he will make E-7.” It is usually never, “Well, I can only be friends with wives of husband’s E-6 and above.”
Rank is brought up as a simple fact of their service member’s time in the military, not something to rub in someone else’s face.
Rank should be used as something to create a dividing line with. Rank shouldn’t be used to bring other people down and make them feel less than. Among us spouses, rank isn’t or shouldn’t be a big issue.
This isn’t to say that no one out there is like that, I am sure you could find someone who thinks that way. But in my experience, these people are not that norm.
You know why? Because most military spouses are really just trying to make friends. We all pretty much want the same thing, to be included, to find our people, and to have fun along the way.
We don’t care what your spouse does, we just want to know that you can relate to being a military spouse, at least in one way or another.
We don’t care how high up your spouse is, we just want to know that you have days when you miss them just as much as we miss our own and that we can laugh about that together.
We don’t care if there is an E by their rank or an O, we just want to know that we are not the only ones serving cereal for dinner sometimes and that feel overwhelmed by too many deployments.
I think most military spouses want to find friends who can understand when we are having a bad day. Who can be a shoulder to cry on when we need one. That we can return the favor with when they need that support too.
Going through military life alone isn’t the best way to go and that finding friends wherever you live is going to make this life a lot easier. That finding your people is going to help you through those lonely nights and crazy mornings. That knowing someone has your back is going to give you a bit of peace you need for this military lifestyle.
So if you are a new military spouse, try not to worry about people not wanting to friend you because of your spouse’s rank. I can’t promise that won’t happen, there are going to be those people out there. But I do know that most of us don’t care about that.
We want to know what your hobbies are, how old your kids are, what you like to read, what you like to watch, what your dreams are, what your fears are, and so on.
And with time you will find the ones you will walk through this life with. The ones that will make you a better person. The ones you will befriend and have in your life from here on out.
Making friends as a military spouse is a must, no matter what rank your spouse might be. If you are new to your duty station, get out there and see what is going on. Figure out places to go to meet other spouses. Join your local spouse’s groups, and work towards finding those friendships. Doing so will be worth your time.
What do you think? Have you ever had trouble making friends because of your spouse’s rank? What did you do about it?