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...

I’m Married to a Military Doctor

I am married to a doctor and a sailor. Trust me, they’re the same person! Being married to a military doctor has demonstrated that...

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...

The Best and Worst Military Spouse Social Ideas

As our spouses traipse around the woods playing — let’s face it — a glorified version of hide-and-seek with painted faces, we are left to fend...

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...

IF:Military: A Faith-Based Retreat for Military Women

Maybe you’ve seen this term thrown around on social media lately, after all, it’s creating quite a buzz. But you don’t have a clue...

10 PCS Tips for Your Car that You Need this PCS...

This post is sponsored by Lloyd Mats. PCS season is rapidly approaching. Even if you haven't gotten your...

When Command Spouse was the Last Thing You Wanted

It's a joke that's as old as time, "If the wanted you to have a spouse, they'd have issued you one." The implication...

The Best Route for a Cross-Country PCS + the Best Places...

PCS — it means permanent change of station (or probably changing my sanity). Picture a cross-country PCS…with two children under 5, traveling 3,300+ miles...

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...

Red Stripe Memorial Run Will Honor Capt. Jake “Red Stripe” Frederick

On December 1, 2018, The Wingman Foundation, together with Gold Star Families, will gather at 9 a.m. at Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi,...

Farewell Gifts for Seasoned Spouses

The time has come, yet again. Another lovely spouse is moving on to a new adventure. Did the commanding officer's wife help you navigate...

18 Years of War: Military Service after September 11

If you ask anyone, they can tell you where they were and what they were doing on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. For...

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Deployment Baby

You've overcome the most difficult step of having a baby (getting pregnant), and you're ready to welcome that sweet bundle of joy into your...

PCSing to Paradise: Moving to Hawaii

You thought, discussed, lost sleep, thought some more, and, finally, the wishlist is in. You're cautiously optimistic about the opportunity to PCS to paradise. Then, surprise!...

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...

Alliance Careers: Bridging the Gap For Transition from Military to Civilian

There is a reason colleges harp on building students’ resumes, preparing them for interviews, and practicing cover letters. That’s because the transition...

3 Things Foreign Military Spouses Should Do to Keep Up with...

Military spouses are their own special breed. We find ourselves moving all over the world to be with our service member. We...

14 Military Spouse Treats to Get You Through Deployment

If you have been in the military over the last decade, odds are favorable that deployment is part of your vocabulary. Operation...

6 Must-Read Deployment Books for Kids

Deployment can be so hard, especially on our kids. Often they don’t know exactly what they are feeling or how to express those feelings...

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 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...

Having a Baby While the Uniformed Parent is Away

Military spouses conquer a lot of things, some they couldn't even have imaged before marrying into the military. For Hawaiian native, Kathy Miller, 2017...

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...

21 Military Ball Gifts You Actually Want

The military balls are something we look forward to every year. It’s time to break out of our professional wear and sweats and...

6 Ways to Make the Next Military Family Day Fun

We’ve all signed up for those mandatory fun events on base and left them five pounds heavier from nervous eating and with memories of awkward...

FOMO: Looking Back At What You’ve Left

Some of you are young enough to know the latest acronyms and texting shorthand, others maybe not. In case you need to visit Urban...

Cross-Country PCS Tips

Moving is stressful. Moving across the country is stressful. Moving across the country with two kids under 5? That’s totally not, right? Here are...

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 —...

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...

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...

What to Pack in Your Military Express Shipment + Tips

Ah, PCS. An acronym that every military spouse knows far too well, and yet, it’s never quite mastered. Every move comes with...

New York Says No Free Tuition to Gold Star Families

Today in New York, lawmakers passed a bill that denies Gold Star family members from receiving free tuition to their City University...

Administrative Weight Limitation (AWL) Change for Accompanied Marines to Japan

Updated 8 April 2019 MARADMIN has been published, and can be viewed here.

2019 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...

4 Things to Love About Military Life

As a military spouse, discouragement comes easy. We deal with deployment extensions, constant moves, and a job pool dryer than the Sahara....