Recognizing the “Non-enlisted Soldiers”

blog post 05-07

This week I read a comment on the U.S. Army’s Facebook page asking, “Why is it that people always say being a military spouse is one of the hardest jobs in the military?” While I am not a Military Spouse, I am a spouse, and I know that it can be a pretty rough job.

One Military Spouse, Sheryl Nix, describes how she is inspired by the strength of other Military Spouses she has met:

“I am immensely proud of my husband and his choice to live a life of service to our wonderful country. I am thrilled that I get to be by his side (most of the time) and serve with him. I am also extremely proud of those around us who have done the same. Being around Soldiers and family members is probably one of the greatest benefits I have found in our military life. I just love them.

Soldiers and spouses inspire me. Spouses like my friend who is pregnant with baby number eight and home-schools her children, but still finds time to host events in her home, invite every new Soldier over for dinner and as I just recently discovered, knows every word to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby.” I experience grace, fun and fellowship every time I am around her and her family.

Or my friend in the Washington, D.C., area whose husband is on his third deployment in five years. She’s amazing and is teaching their two small children about faith, honor and laughter.

Another spouse and friend I met here has taught me so much about kindness, fun, leadership and what an inclusive social group should look like.

I also just learned about a group of spouses at Fort Wainwright who meet every month to share their culinary masterpieces. While theirs is not a formal organization, the themed supper club meetings have become a source of fun and entertainment for spouses who could complain about the weather or other issues, but instead find joy in celebrating each other and the good things in their lives. Now these are women I want to know.

I’ve met other women like them here; women who run, teach fitness classes, volunteer, work outside the home, care for children, care for other families’ children, laugh, cry, bundle up and brave the cold, coat themselves in mosquito repellent and enjoy the warmth, love their Soldiers, and do their very best to be all they can be. I love being in this esteemed group. I love being a military spouse.

From my eyes, being a Military Spouse is one of the roughest, toughest jobs out there.  You can never really express the gratitude you feel for what they endure, what they sacrifice and the strength they display on one given day. But, we can try!

MilSpouses, today is your day!! Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! The U.S. Army recognizes your work and dedication as our “Non-Enlisted Soldiers.”

To learn more about Military Spouses, visit http://www.army.mil/spouse/.