Whether you’re new to the military life or are a seasoned spouse, you’re bound to need advice during your life as a military spouse. I mean, let’s face it – there’s not exactly clear guidelines when it comes to military living. And even if there WERE, they would change on a dime, reverse, flip, and disappear at faster speeds than we could keep up with.
Sudden PCSs, protocol for throwing a promotion ceremony, how to deal with Tricare, questions about housing … the list goes on and on. We have questions to all of these and more!
The next time you’re in need of some serious milspo advice, head to these sources for expert details … and a well-rounded consensus of the situation at hand. This military spouse thing might not be easy, but together, we can!
Yes, really. Social media has some of the best content available for military spouses. Join Facebook groups for every topic relevant – your base, your career, your kids, your spouse’s MOS, and more. In these groups, you can ask super topical questions and get real-life advice from someone who went through it first.
But for the love of all things red, white, and blue PLEASE use the search feature. Milspos 1 through 15,000 have already asked the same questions over and over again. Searching can give you way more answers, and without having to wait for feedback from others. Then, if your question cannot be answered, you can create a new topic for others to learn from.
Your FRG or Other MilSpo Mentors
Your FRG is available to offer all types of information. Reach out to your leader and see if they can point you in the right direction toward resources, or even an individual who might have your answer.
There are also more seasoned spouses you can lean on. Consider who may have been there first and how you can reach out to them in times of unease.
Hello? Have you checked us out?! Websites like MilSpouseFest.com and others offer a huge wealth of information. Search via Google, or head to your favorites and (again) utilize that search feature.
There are so many milspos out there offering advice; chances are you can learn from their wisdom and apply it to your situation.
Your Unit or Base
Finally, don’t overlook your spouse’s unit, or your stationed base, for further help. There will be websites or offices that can help you with any number of resources. Many military programs are under-used, but heading to these offices can give you a better idea of what resources are available.
Some examples include MWR for recreational opportunities, housing offices, and patient advocacy offices within medical care facilities. You can also sign up for email alerts so you know what’s happening, as it’s happening.
Don’t go at this whole milspouse thing alone – you have a tribe and they’re here to help. Reach out to your people whenever the need strikes and making smart, informed decisions based on the situation at hand. (And then again when that situation changes!)