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Military Life 101

Military spouse with family

Military life has a lot of nuts and bolts. You know, the little military-esque things that make up just an ordinary day in the military life but are totally foreign concepts to everyone on the outside. That's because not only does the military have its own lingo, it also has its own social structure, traditions, expectations and a whole host of resources that we are all supposed to somehow be aware of without even trying. At, we... more

How to Join a Military Spouse Club

Military spouse club members at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. (Photo: Air Force.)

Trying to make new friends at your duty station? An on-base military spouse club might be just what you're looking for. Spouse clubs are a long running tradition in the military, but the clubs of today are almost nothing like the stuffy, white-glove-wearing, Bridge-playing groups of military spouses past. Clubs today are easy to break into and fun to be a part of. What is a military spouse club? While every club is a little different, milit... more

Easy Military Ball Etiquette

Airmen at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado celebrate. (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Airman Manisha Vasquez)

If you've never attended a military ball, you're probably worrying over what to wear, how to act, what traditions to follow and what to expect. But even if you've lost count of how many balls you've attended, a quick military ball etiquette refresher is always a good thing. What is expected of military spouses or dates at the ball? Have you been doing it wrong all along? First of all, it's important to note: There are no actual rules for mi... more

Military Protocol 101: Help for the Rest of Us

female Army retiree

After many, many, many years as a military bride, my heart still beats faster at any ceremony that involves our nation’s flag. And although I’m as patriotic as any of my red, white and blue-crazed peers, I have to admit that my response to the symbol of our nation’s glory has less to do with reverence and more to do with fear. Is it time to stand yet? Is it time to stand yet? I feverishly wonder as I wait for the colors to pass the revi... more

American Red Cross Military Resources

(Photo: American Red Cross)

For over 130 years, the American Red Cross has provided comfort and support to members of the United States military, veterans and their families -- and we continue that legacy today. Serving 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Red Cross is supporting our military during times of crisis and providing respite and a touch of home while overseas. From hometowns across America to military installations around the world and deployed locatio... more

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