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    11 Things Seasoned Military Spouses Never Say

    I remember the first time my husband came home to tell me he’d received military orders to a base across the country.

    And we'd be leaving in just a couple of months.

    We were young marrieds, and I’d recently started my first job as a registered nurse. We’d moved out of our apartment and rented a bigger home the month before, while happily located near extended family. With no military background, I considered what I thought was the military’s suggestion that we move, blinked, and uttered words that were ever so blissfully ignorant of how military life works: 

    “Can’t you just tell them that right now is not a good time? Maybe we can think about it in a year or so.”

    I’m laughing with you now over my naiveté, but like many young military spouses, I truly didn’t know what I didn’t know.

    Nearly three decades later, I have a lot more than the above to add to the list of things I'd now never say, and I’d just bet you’d have some gems to add, too! So join me and the MBO writing team for a little chuckle. And remember, we were all new spouses once! When I think back to those days, it reminds me how much I could have used a kind mentor or a bit of guidance. Seasoned spouses, let’s be that person for the new ones! But for now, have a laugh at 

    11 Things Seasoned Military Spouses Never Say 


    1. Don't you know who my husband is?

    Or wife. Regardless, if you ever reach the point of needing to pull THIS lulu out in a conversation, you might need to do a little soul searching.

    2. My spouse won’t deploy anytime soon.  

    Have you heard of Murphy’s Law? Find some wood to knock on…quickly!

    3. I would never live in ____ (fill in the blank)

    Why would you ever tempt fate this way? Just as soon as you say those words, whether it’s applied to an overseas base because you don’t want to be far from family or the northern tier because you don’t like the cold, sure as shootin’ you’ll have orders!

    4. We know we won’t be moving this year! The military said so!

    One thing military spouses learn is the fine art of flexibility. Just because something is true one day doesn’t mean it will be true the next week, day, or even hour.

    5. Let me know if you need help.

    Military spouses are the best folks to have around in times of crisis, illness, or even good news like a brand new baby. We’ll be the ones in the background bringing casseroles or running loads of laundry without being asked. I'd bet the Nike slogan “Just Do It!” was coined by a military spouse!

    6. Yeah, the movers do everything. I just sit on my phone while they work! 

    I'm sure you've had someone tell you, "What's the big deal about moving? Doesn't someone do it for you?" Um...sure. Yeah, that's how it works. 

    7. Housing said not to worry! The waiting list moves quickly and they promised us four bedrooms for our family of three!

    While we'll be happy for you if it turns out to be true, don't count on it until you have the house keys in your hand. 

    8. YOUR Social Security Number.

    Bwahaha, but seriously…don’t you have to think twice when asked for yours, while you can roll off the active duty person’s with the ease of a longtime auctioneer?

    9. I LOVE the commissary on payday!

     I'm also fond of the sound of nails on a chalkboard.

    10. Video chat is JUST like talking in person.  

    Don't get me wrong--I'm ever so grateful for the ability to video chat while my spouse is deployed/TDY at most locations and realize that generations past would've loved this technology. But we all know that the delays/dropped calls/frozen screens aren’t quite a complete substitute.

    11. I don't need friends. 

    Military spouses know that friends are our chosen family and are what get us through a difficult assignment, holidays alone, overseas locations, and pretty much everything else!

    What would YOU add to this list? 

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    Special thanks to MBO writer Dawn Smith for her help with this list!

    Jen McDonald


    Jen McDonald

    Jen McDonald is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the books You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse and Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories. Jen is also the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has written hundreds of articles and essays which have been published in other books and numerous publications. She was a military spouse for 30 years and is the mom of four, including one son in the military. One of her happiest roles now is being a grandmother. She and her veteran Air Force husband have been stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific and won’t count how many houses they’ve lived in because that would be too depressing. Her passion is encouraging young military spouses and regularly sharing about topics like military life, parenting, homeschooling...and now grandparenting! See more from Jen at her site, Jen McDonald and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest.

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