milspouse, PCS

What is Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

The military loves its acronyms.  It’s no wonder why.  Many times the titles of facilities, benefits, and programs are often incredibly wordy and sometimes don’t really make sense.  If you ask many newer or younger military personnel or their family members what many acronyms stand for, they wouldn’t be able to tell you.  BAH is no different.  The basic allowance…

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milspouse, PCS, Uncategorized

You Can Help New Milspouses Research Their Next Duty Station!

What is the first thing you do when you/your spouse gets orders?  RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!  I’m always looking at how far the BAH goes, what neighborhoods are the nicest, where the best schools are, what has the easiest commute, etc.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was one place to visit that would give you all that information or at…

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deployment, FRG

After Deployment: The First Night in the Barracks

It’s finally here.  You’ve been waiting weeks, months or even a year for this night.  Your spouse/child/ significant other is finally coming home after deployment.  You’ve planned what their first meal will be, what you’re going to wear, how you’re going to decorate the house.  You’ve spent 2x your typical grocery budget making sure the house is stocked with all…

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milspouse

Why Choose the YMCA?!

I don’t know a single person who hasn’t heard of the YMCA.  Unfortunately, I also only know a handful of people who actually use it.  Which is a shame.  Whether you are military or a civilian, the YMCA is a fantastic resource for your mental, physical, and (if you so choose) spiritual well-being. The History of The YMCA The YMCA…

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PCS, Uncategorized

To Claim or Not To Claim?!

So we did it.  We made it from Fort Campbell to Dallas.  The moving truck came and went.  The movers were not particularly confidence inspiring, but to be honest we have only had one set of movers that we believed in.  Which of course leaves us with the same old question:  To Claim or not To Claim?! First: Make Sure…

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milspouse, PCS

When The Army Finally Gives You Answers

Our no later than date came and went…. No real surprise there.  I almost expect it at this point.  You know who doesn’t expect it?  My mother-in-law.  Had to field constant questions from her, without any real answers… but whatever.  I’m used to that by now… Two weeks after we were supposed to find out what our plans were, we…

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FRG, military traditions, milspouse

Who’s Who in the Family Readiness Group?!

Now that you know what the Family Readiness Group is and how to join, I bet you’re wondering who does what within the organization! Advisors, Leaders, Key Callers, Treasurers, Newsletter Editors… the list of ways to help your FRG function is endless.  Like everything else in the military the terminology can be odd or confusing.  I’m going to break down what…

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FRG, military traditions, milspouse

How To Join the FRG

Now that you know what the FRG is, I bet you’re wondering how you join! Guess what?  If your spouse or non-married child is in the military….. YOU ARE IN THE FRG! It’s that simple.  Every unit in the military has an FRG, though some are more active than others. When your loved one signs into his/her unit, one of…

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FRG, military traditions, milspouse

Understanding, Participating, and ENJOYING the FRG

This week I’m starting a new blog series all about the Family Readiness Group (FRG). So What is the Family Readiness Group For those of you that are totally new to the Army or Navy (other branches have the same programs but they are called Key Spouse program in the Air Force, the Family Readiness program in the Marine Corps…

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First Resolution Checked Off the List!

And just like that… I’ve accomplished one of my New Year’s Resolutions!  I’ve been wanting to add another class to my weekly calendar of Zumba instruction. This past Wednesday I had an audition at Austin Peay State University’s Foy Recreation Center.  This was the longest demo I have ever had to do.  Traditionally, a facility will bring you in to…

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