Here are 14 GIFs that describe what it’s like to be a new milspouse


By J.G. Noll

Marrying into the military community is a unique experience, full of obstacles, excitement, and a lot of universal experiences. Here are just a few of those:

1. Every day feels like some version of this scene

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2. How you react when someone says you’re “just” a military spouse

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3. When you surrender yourself to military life. . .

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4. Every time you see your spouse in their uniform

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5. What you can’t help but think when someone asks you to participate in a community event

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6. After you attend the seven Stella & Dot and four Origami Owl parties you were invited to. . . the first week after you moved in

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7. Every time you hear a new acronym

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8. The first time you shop at the commissary on a pay day

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9. When you see a new spouse who is just as lost as you are

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10. The first time you try to do literally anything–like schedule a doctor’s appointment through TRICARE–with the military without your spouse

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11. After you file your information in DEERS, get your ID card, and are officially a dependent

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12. The first time you are asked for your sponsor’s Social Security number. . . and you didn’t realize you should know it

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13. When your spouse has to stay late, overnight, or is called away suddenly for the first time

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14. How you feel every time someone refers to your spouse as your husband or wife

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