21 GIFs that perfectly describe the crises every military spouse faces


Being a military spouse comes with its own unique obstacles and opportunities. While everyone’s military life journey is unique, there are some universal experiences that we all can relate to.

1. When you can’t remember your sponsor’s stupid Social Security number.
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2. When you show up to a mixer at a new duty station for the first time. 
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3. When it’s mid-July, the kids are all home, the spouse is deployed, and Murphy’s Law is in full effect.
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4. When you’ve been waiting at the clinic for-ev-er…and the only end in sight is the even longer line for the base pharmacy.
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5. When the only reason you showed up to the FRG is the snacks. 
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6. When people seem surprised if you have an education, a career, or aren’t what they expected of a military spouse.
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7. When you go to a mandatory fun event.
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8. When you get voluntold to do something you really, really, really, really don’t want to do… but it will reflect well on your spouse.
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9. When you’re PCSing and you don’t want to leave.

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10. When you’ve given up on ever getting orders. 
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11. When Skype freezes during a deployment call. 
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12. When a prospective employer asks you about all of the holes in your resume.
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13. When you show up to the commissary and totally forgot it was payday.
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14. When you’re not supposed to show affection while your spouse is in uniform, but they look really cute.
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15. When you’re on the dance floor at a ball or command party and the song you’re dancing to is brand new to you (because you lived abroad for the last three years)… but everyone else knows it.
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16. When you’re down to your very last nerve during deployment.
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17. When you’re first married and have absolutely no idea what any of the military acronyms mean.
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18. When your kids have a meltdown in the commissary and you’re shopping alone with no extra parental back-up.
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19. When you hold your tongue when someone says, “You signed up for this.”
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20. When you have no idea what the command’s homecoming protocol is.
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21. When you finally made friends at your duty station… and someone has to move.
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11 Comments

  1. Oh yeah! Totally remember all of these. Had me hysterically laughing! My husband is retired deceased from the navy. Remember especially the hardship of friends moving. This was before the internet.

  2. I wouldn’t do anything differently. I learned early on that the DW in our signage to whatever branch you were in means “dead weight.” Not really all the time, but some of the time. Our military career was unusual because we ended up in the same area for 25 years!! Our children all grew up in the same area. I know the spouse having a “degree” one well. Never went back to the enlisted wives meeting because the officers’ wives were rude and treated the enlisted wives deferentially as if we were “poor young things” who didn’t know a hole in the ground from deployment basics.” But, all in all our experiences as a family were very positive-even our healthcare (still good to this day as retirees)!

  3. I’m 72. We have been out of the Navy since 1991 and I STILL can only remember my husbands SS#…not mine. (PS: am also a BRAT)

  4. I’m 77, been out of the Army since 1982. At one time I knew my ss#, my husband’s and all 7 kids ss#’s . Have to learn your husband’s ss# first thing. Also, before they used the ss#, they used another #. In the Army it was RA16359470. Can’t believe I still remember that.

    1. You were in with him – I always say when “we”retired and yes, I do get looks but I don’t care since I celebrated my husband’s successes and heartaches and stood by his side every step of the way. So be proud of your service and do proclaim “been out” with a lot of pride!

  5. 12 was a bit hard – 14 was really hard to follow but I kept my hands to myself 🤒 And 17, well, I still don’t know a lot of them and I can have a very serious face as I hear you say a whole sentence in acronyms!

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