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    Military SO's learn new tricks!

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    List out everything you've learned from being associated with the military, that you wouldn't have learned otherwise!

    - How to drive a 5 speed car in Europe... not by choice!

    - How to properly use wood glue, duct tape, screw drivers.... in the absense of my man and without help.

    - How to unpack from a move in less than 4 days.

    - Government requirements on vehicles, insurance, licensing and other such stuff in more than my home state. And then realizing I didn't have to worry about it since we're military. LOL

    - How to get over fears of flying and killing spiders

    - How to file taxes in several states for one year. Ugh!

    - Shipping animals over seas and back and what's required where.

    - The importance of auto maintance and knowing when it needs to be done

    Oh there's more, but my brain hurts already.
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    Holy Cannoli thats a lot!

    Congratulations on all you learned though...

    I'm about to go in, but from my short stint with (x)DB I learned that I CAN wait for someone and I CAN be distant in a relationship (this is a biggie for me cause I never thought I could accomplish it)
    Thank You to brentscrystal

    Wifey to LoveKiss, Nickerbeth, & Serpentine
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    This sounds fake and I understand that, but I have not had to learn anything simply because I am a military spouse.
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    How to change the plug on the dryer to be compatible with different outlet types.

    How to hook up all the computer stuff, surround sound, and an entertainment center.

    How to diagnosis a computer problem and fix some of them.

    How to care for an infant with zero help (DH deployed, no family near by to help).

    How to do long distance moves and start over in new communities (before DH and I had married, I had lived in the same small town since I was 1. I graduated HS with people I had met in and before kindergarten).

    How to change a car battery and jump start a car.

    How to use a POA.

    That's all I can think of for now. I think these are things I never would have learned if DH had always been around to help me with them. Even if he was only gone for short periods of time, I probably would have waited for him to come home and fix/deal with them.
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    I have learned that his job comes first, which sometimes means I'm second fiddle.

    I have learned a skill that I will never need, ie how to "x-rep" broken items for "birds" and other random machinery around base and get them replaced.

    I have learned that if it makes sense, 9 times out of 10, the MC doesn't do it.

    I have learned to show my military ID first before any other ID

    I learned how to fold/iron/hang various MC uniforms.

    I have learned that if you're on time, you're late.

    I have learned to always have my ID, registration, and proof of insurance (all valid) needs to be handy at all times.

    I have learned words and terms that no one outside of the military life will know and find myself having to explain myself a lot.


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    Biggest thing I learned- how to drive on the freeway. Sounds crazy but I had never really done it before until we PCS'd and I had no choice but to drive my car and follow DH in his
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    I learned what it means to Muster.
    You dim your headlights when approaching the gate.
    When TAPS is played you stop and face the flag.
    JP5 smells horrible.

    The most important thing I've learned: Hurry up and wait
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    More acronyms and patience than I thought I'd ever need or than I ever wanted.
    Keep on keeping on.

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    How to give a good BJ - oops did I just type that


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    Quote Originally Posted by louisa85 View Post
    More acronyms and patience than I thought I'd ever need or than I ever wanted.
    Me too LOL
    Mom to Rebekah
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    I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church.
    For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
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