Cleared for Takeoff

The hauntingly reverent final verses of the Marine Corps Hymn rang through the otherwise silent Little Hall Auditorium as 239 officers became graduates of...

2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Military Addresses

Let’s all go ahead and admit that we have the same question when it comes to mailing holiday packages: “What is the absolute latest...

COLA Changes Hit Paychecks of U.S. Military Families in Japan

Back in the spring of this year, there was an intense peer-pressure situation sweeping Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni — no, not in an...

PCS Horror Stories

The summer season is typically known as a time of vacation and fun, but for many military families, it is the time known as...

Changes to Come for PCS Moves as Summer 2018 Ignites Fury...

Summer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves are the things that keep families awake at night, wondering not only if their household goods will...

Celebrating Holidays in a TLF

Yay! You got orders, and you successfully made it to the temporary lodging facility (TLF) at your new home base. You know (with like...

Indivisible — A Military Marriage Built on Faith

Remember back to the first military movie you watched. Maybe it was as a new military spouse; perhaps it was as a kid. Either...

Rewearing a Ball Gown — Yay or Nay?

Ball season is here! Don’t run, don’t hide. It’s not that scary. Sometimes, however, it gets expensive quickly. Tickets to the event, dry cleaning...

The Price for Having a Ball

The annual military ball is a tradition as old as the services themselves. We can’t speculate about the logistics, locale, or ticket price of...

New GI Bill Parameters: What Do They Boil Down To?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill saw several changes in August, many of which brought a lot of confusion for an already convoluted process. So what...

The Scariest Part of PCSing: Friend Dating

Congratulations — you did it! You successfully moved your family to a new duty station, unpacked and organized all of your belongings in your...

PCS Stories: The Good and the Bad from One Seasoned MilSpouse

If there is one thing that brand new military moms have in common with those who have lived this life for over 20 years,...

Decision Not to Evacuate Marines Ahead of Hurricane Florence Sparks Backlash

September 14, 2018 II Marine Expeditionary Force (IIMEF) has more than 47,000 Marines and sailors, with the highest concentration working and living aboard Marine Corps Base...

The United States Space Force: A Real Deal?

Remember all those memes not so long ago about a new branch of the armed forces that was to be called Space Balls —er — The United...

Passed Over for Military Promotion: What to Expect

If you've been in longer than two minutes (as in in the military life), you're probably used to the military taking your carefully laid plans and...

Thank You, Military Spouse Sister Wives

It's been several months since you uprooted your little family from a picturesque small town on the East Coast (or wherever) to sunny and...

PCS Workouts to Keep You On Track While You’re On the...

The season of PCS can throw a curveball at your workout routine. You're driving across the country, staying in multiple hotels, and don't have...

Moving to Hurricane Territory? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Military families rarely get hometown orders — or even orders to familiar regions of the country. Along with learning the lay of the land —...

10 Stages of PCS Season with #TheDependas

Well, PCS season is in full swing, and that means we are all going through some of the tell-tale stages of PCSing. Night sweats,...

Readiness Vacancy: The Marine Corps Is Getting Rid of FROs

The Marine Corps announced on March 19, 2018, in true USMC fashion — a warm, personable MARADMIN — that a “reset” is coming to...

Surviving the TLF with Kids

Let’s start by putting the wondering minds to rest, TLF stands for temporary lodging facility in military land, and there are three reasons why...

Packing for an OCONUS Move: Tips and Lists

There's a commercial that plays daily on the American Forces Network (AFN, as the hip folks call it) that dramatizes what not to do...

Staying Fit and Eating Clean During PCS Limbo

Going through a permanent change of station (PCS) is a real pain in the a--. But it’s what military members and their families do....

Surviving a Deployment with Kids

Your spouse just left for a six-month deployment. Fear bubbles up inside. You think of all the possible scenarios, and you pray for his...

Surviving a PCS Road Trip with Kids

You’re about to set off on an epic road trip across the states! You’ve got an awesome playlist already streaming through your mind. You’re...

How to Not Hate Military Life

We could sit here all day and swap triumphs and frustrations about the military. As dependents, we are constantly being torn away from family...

MILLIE: A Change in the Way We PCS

There’s a new powerhouse in the world of military relocation (yes, I'm talking about the dreaded PCS). Its name is MILLIE. Ever heard of...