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Sorry to intrude on this discussion. In one way this is funny but on the serious side, it is rightly needed. Like Kara, my wife is from a middle of no where are south of her home town. Unlike other Marines, I had served in another branch of the Armed Forces and my father had served in two branches himself, so I was a military brat before I ever put on a military uniform. I had been in a lot of other uniforms before I ever joined the military.
1 . Girlfriend (boyfriend) are NOT any class of military identifiable military associates. A military spouse does. They give a
spouse and ID card that lets him or her on a base for access to medical care and a chance to shop at the military
exchanges and commissary (retail and grocery stores. No, General / Admiral spouses are not saluted.
2. His / Her job requires 24/7 response, day or night an may require absence for undetermined periods.
3.. You had better be in love with with your military person because Uncle Sweetheart is going to test you almost each and
4. Not to say you can’t, but if you want a profession outside the home with a military spouse, there are going to have to be
severe concessions by both of you that may / may not lead to divorce.
Worst case I can think of was a standard 4 month deployment of an aviation detachment (Air Wing section) that went on a Med Cruise. Spouses were gone for 4 months, They got back in on a Friday – were recalled back to their Squadron on Sunday and flew out Monday for an unknown deployment to the other side of the globe for what would turn out to be for 12 months! Divorce rate hit 98% upon their return.
Worst case (non) living arrangement was a Marine with a professional teachers wife. Marine was assigned a 13 month unaccompanied tour on Okinawa, This tour would mean he would not deploy (leave) from Okinawa for this 13 month time frame as he would be assigned to one of the bases. Wife / Teacher got a job on Okinawa as a DODDs teacher and met her hubby letting him know SHE had quarters where they could live together.
His command found out and sent him on the next deployment to an FMF unit. (FMF= Fleet Marine Force = which means “deployable”) Upon his return, the command realized his wife was still there, and put him on the next deployment!.
Wishing to go overseas with your spouse? He or she (in the Marines) will, in all probability, be very lucky to get one accompanied overseas tour in a career of 20 years.
For Cierra and others like her, there is no (or VERY RARE) “settling down”. The longest my father was at any base (non-Marine) was 6 years. The longest I was at any command was 3 years.
Of note, The word Marine is considered a proper noun in the USMC. It is always spelled with a capital “M”, Anyone taking spelling or composition may have to explain that to your instructor.
Once the marital knot has been tied, almost any and every base has a spouse support group. Here they can teach a spouse about his / her government paychecks, what they earn, what allowances they get, for what and for when. All this will become accessible to you once your spouse walks you over with marriage certificate in hand to Base Pass & ID
Oh – every branch of the military has their own lingo. FMF (as explained) means one thing, but some of the Marines have figured out what they think it should mean. These re not always fit for mixed company.
Sorry, I never knew Marines were a hunted species.
Semper Fi ladies