In the 5 or so months since I have been an Army wife, I have quickly been learning the ropes of my new life, as you all know. One of the things I have been learning is the rules, the do's and don't's of being married to a man in the uniform. I came across this article a few weeks ago, and not only found it extremely informative -- and will most likely save me from embarrassment in the future -- but I also had to laugh. Seriously, laugh. There are so many rules! How can anyone know them all!? And you all know how I feel about following rules (If not click here).
Here is list I found on Milspouse.com -- not my favorite site, mind you, but it does have some great tips for newbies like me. For full article by Whitney Bailey click here.
Note: These rules only apply when the spouse is in uniform.
-Walk on your husband’s left side so he can salute others.
-Refer to your spouse by his first name or nickname, or as “my husband.” Do not refer to your husband as “Capt. Smith” or “the Captain.”
-Stand at a public function or ceremony when the senior officer enters and is announced. This applies to everyone in attendance.
-Offer your husband an umbrella in the rain, but only if it’s black. He’s not allowed to carry any other color.
-Push the baby carriage or stroller so your spouse doesn’t have to. It’s considered “unmilitary” to do so while in uniform.
-Help your spouse carry any packages or bundles to make it easier for him to salute. (Are you wondering if a man made up these rules so that wives would have to do all the heavy lifting?)
-Show public displays of affection, except at homecomings and goodbyes. This includes kissing and holding hands.
-Offer your spouse a piece of gum. It is not “military” for him to chew it. The same goes for smoking while in uniform.
-Allow him to put his hands in his pockets unless he is placing or retrieving an item.
-Refer to your husband’s orders as “our orders” unless you are a service member yourself.
-Offer him food or drink while he’s walking. He should not be eating, drinking or using a cell phone while walking in uniform.
-Refer to others in the service as “sir” or “ma’am,” even if your spouse does. Refer to them by their rank and last name (“Capt. Smith”).
-Allow your child to wear your spouse’s uniform for Halloween. Uniforms bearing insignia, badges and tabs should be worn only by authorized personnel.-From the article entitled, "Do’s and don’ts while in uniform" by Whitney Bailey
The funny thing is, when asked Ben about this, he told me he had only heard of couple of these, but that they all sound like military rules to him! He even told me they were informed that the Army even has rules about how you can "do it" -- if you know what I mean, if not, too bad, this is a family blog! That one had me laughing my head off.
Anyone else hear any good ones?