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What you all think are some of the biggest misconceptions that people have about military wives, active duty military women, military families, etc?
That we are handed everything on a golden platter. Yes it's great to have free health care, but our husbands work VERY hard for that health care.
That we all cheat on our husbands when theyre gone. This drives me absolutely insane and it makes it so much worse when I hear women talking about how they have before.
Oh, and that we are all snotty and talk about everyone else. Especially when new people come into the picture. So many times people think that military wives are vicious towards each other, and I know in my experience, I have never had problems with snotty or mean wives. I mean I know there are a select few, but geesh!!
Oh, and Im Megan by the way, I just noticed there was a military section on here
I'd say that we get anything for free. Benefits are just that...part of our soldiers' compensation.
And then on the flipside - that we are dirt poor. I hate hearing people complain about what the military makes. It is actually quite a respectable amount, and when people quote figures, they love to leave out BAH, BAS, and any other extra pay. Plus, who joins for the money? It's a public service position, such a police officer or a teacher. If you can't live with the salary then perhaps it is not the job for you.
That military wives are uneducations, lazy, gossips, whatever.... How can you generalize such a large group of people? Tons of wives ARE educated, some are not, tons of wives work, tons stay home, some are old, some are young, all are different. We're just people, like people from any other walk of life.
And finally, I really don't like the "Military Spouse - Toughest Job in the Military" thing either. Sorry...the toughest job in the military is one overseas. Sleeping in the dirt...getting shot at. Of course we play a vital role of support at home, but I just can't buy into the "let's stop and pat ourselves on the back every five minutes" mindset.
Dh is arng and has only deployed once since we have been together.....but I would have to say that I hate when people think that all military wives cheat on their husbands while they are deployed.
I also hate it when people refer to my husband and other guardsmen as "weekend warriors" or say that it's not the "real army".Even though they only have drills one weekend a month and 2 weeks of AT in the summer,they DO deploy to Iraq and Afghanastan.They also are deployed when a hurricane or devastating tornadoes hit.