November 2, 2011
Ten Things I've Learned Since We Joined the Army
Today is SoldierMan's "official" two-year Army anniversary. (I forgot to make a post for the anniversary of his actual swearing in, back in July. Oops). It's been quite a ride. The transition from civilian newlyweds to being the "old married couple" in the Army (by LT standards, that is) has been interesting. We've made lots of great new friends, seen more of the country by car than I ever cared to, and yes, got two insane puppies that I know would not have been added otherwise.
So, today I'm giving you my
Top Ten Things I've Learned Since We Joined the Army
10. We joined the Army. I know that sentiment offends people. But it's the truth.
9. The Army is a lifestlye. It's also a job. And it's entirely possible (and I believe essential for good mental health) to disassociate the two from time to time.
8. There are a lot of bad officers. There are a lot of bad NCOs. There are a lot of bad lower-enlisted. Regardless of what either group tries to tell you, none of them have the market cornered on stupid, lazy, inefficient, or useless personnel. The same goes for spouses.
7. There are a lot of good officers. There are a lot of good NCOs. There are a lot of good lower-enlisted. Regardless of what either group tries to tell you, none of them have the market cornered on capable, intelligent, hard-working or essential personnel. The same goes for spouses.
6. "Adaptable" is the keyword.
5. The Army is not SoldierMan's wife, and I am not his mistress. Our marriage will last much longer than any Army contract, so that's where it's most important to invest ourselves.
4. I'm still not much of a "girlfriends" person. But thanks to the Army, I've met some of the most amazing and interesting women in my life, and made friends with whom I have already formed connections that will last a lifetime.
3. There's no place like home. But as long as we're together, we're good.
2. Sometimes the Army is great. Sometimes it sucks. Don't dwell on either.
1. I've changed a lot over the past two years. I'm still me. Just better.