These 8 GIFs perfectly embody the frustration officer spouses feel over these stereotypes


(Photo: US Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class Indra Bosko)

We know that there are stereotypes about everyone in the military. There are ones for each branch, for every job, and for those who are enlisted and officers. And of course, there are stereotypes for spouses as well. Enlisted spouses and officers’ spouses know that there are certain ideas and myths that come with the territory. But dang, some of those stereotypes get annoying after a very, very short time. These are some of those common stereotypes about officer spouses. . . and how it feels to field those comments:

1. When folks think every officer’s paycheck is ridiculously flush

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2. When people assume you don’t work because you’re rolling in money

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3. When you work outside the home and people think that means you’re awful with your finances because “officer’s spouses don’t need to work.” (Seriously, you can’t win.)

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4. When people think your house is immaculate, your kids are perfect, and you serve tea and cookies to guests in the middle of the day

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5. When other spouses think you automatically want to be a leader in the community just because your partner is an officer

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6. When people assume that your biggest accomplishments are your spouse’s

 

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7. When people think you don’t want to be friends with another spouse because of their partner’s rank

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8. When folks assume you’re boring and a buzzkill

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And before you ask, yep, we have a reactions post all about the stereotypes enlisted spouses face, too.

By J.G. Noll