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9 Crazy Ways the Military Changed Your Spouse

We all know that the military is more than just a job -- it's a way of life. But have you ever stopped to think about how much the military experience has changed who your spouse is as a person? Maybe you weren't with your spouse before he or she entered the military, so you have no idea how much some of this stuff is a part of that training. Or maybe you just didn't notice the shift to these habits. Either way, here are ...

9 Crazy Ways the Military has Changed Your Spouse

Eats in 10 seconds flat. Ever noticed how quickly your spouse can make his dinner disappear? You can thank boot camp, Ranger School or any other variety of military training for that, um, gift.  

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(Photo:U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.)

We don't fold clothes, we roll them. It's space efficient. It's orderly. It's weird. Another fun boot camp hold over, clothes rolling is a sure way to spot a military member.

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Rolling them only makes sense.

The swearing. There's a reason they say "swears like a sailor." Or a Marine. Or a soldier. Or a Coastie. Or an airman. The way she can weave profanity into any given conversation is truly an art. 

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All military movies are wrong. 'Hello, that is not how military patches are worn.' 'What is that guy doing? That's now how you hold a weapon.' 'I'm sorry, this person's rank is what?' And on. And on. Good luck ever watching a military movie again with your very own accuracy checker in tow.

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Veterans particularly love to hate on The Hurt Locker. (Photo: Courtesy)

 

Hates shopping -- even more than before. And you thought your service member didn't like shopping trips before. Now you better have a plan of execution for this mall mission ... er ... trip.

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Adds hot sauce to everything. What is life without Texas Pete hot sauce? WHAT IS LIFE?

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Speed walking. No, not the Olympic sport kind, although the speed with which she can now walk really is at Olympic levels. But why? Why are we walking so quickly?

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(Photo: U.S. Army/Gary Sheftick)

Can sleep anywhere. Literally anywhere. The back of a C-130? The ground? The couch? The kitchen table? It's all the same to your warfighter. You know you're envious of this special skill.

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(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Shane Searfus.)

Will eat basically anything -- hot or cold. Sure, it's nice when food is warm. But the great lesson of the MRE is that you better eat what you can, while you can, even if it's "Asian Beef."

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A military delicacy called "pepperoni sandwich." (Photo: U.S. Army/Alex Dixon.)

 

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