New To Army Wife Life?

We can empathize with how you feel right now! We’ve been there. The Army Wife Life (AWL) is a very complex beast that can on one hand be the most challenging thing you’ve ever undertaken, and on the other hand be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done. It’s ok to be confused. It’s ok to feel overwhelmed. You don’t have to know everything in one day (and chances are as soon as you learn it they’ll change it)!

We want to help you. If there is ever anything we can answer for you let us know. If you need a resource, we’ll find it for you. Simply contact us. NOTE: Army Wife Network reserves the right to read on the air and/or publish on its website, or in any other form, the emails and letters that we receive. We may edit them for clarity or brevity and identify authors by first name, location, branch of service, and years in/associated with the military. By sending us a letter or email, you agree to these terms.

Where to start?

The best place for any Army spouse to start is Army One Source. We also recommend Military One Source.

Military One Source’s  Checklist For New Military Spouses

Army Recruiting Command  “Welcome To The Army Family” Booklet and “Welcome to the Army Family” SPANISH Booklet

Visit Married To The Army – Army 101

Finding Your Battle Buddy – Tara Crooks

Making The Most of Your Military Lifestyle – Tara Crooks

Most posts have an orientation program. These are completely voluntary and free. If you choose to attend, you will be able to learn more about base agencies, military acronyms and other useful pieces of information about the military lifestyle. Check our post guide (link to our post guide) for your post and then call the Army Community Services building at your location and ask about their newcomer’s briefing.

Definitely do not pass up the opportunity to take  Army Family Team Building (AFTB) classes online or at your local installation. The information in these classes can make your life alot easier!


Best pieces of advice

“Find a Battle Buddy!”— Tara Crooks, co-founder Army Wife Network

“Remember to maintain perspective. Sometimes it is you and your soldier against ‘fill-in-the blank’, but it should never be you against your soldier.”— Star Henderson, co-founder Army Wife Network

“‘The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.’  The military took this Albert Einstein quote to heart!  As a military spouse, you’ll quickly learn there’s a whole lot of ‘hurry up and wait.'” – Emily Grace, Editor-in-Chief

“Be your soldier’s BIGGEST cheerleader and seize the opportunities to touch others! Being a military spouse, there is no room for selfishness. Be proud, stand firm, and remain Army strong.” – Paula Swanson, Virtual Assistant and AWTR cohost

“G.I Joe had it right: Knowing is half the battle. As Army spouses, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves on the resources available to us, the rules and guidelines that apply to us, and the opportunities available for us.” – Kristen Smith, Loving A Soldier Blog Coordinator

“EMPOWER yourself!! Do not wait for the answers to come to you – if you need information – go out there and find it! GET INVOLVED!!  Stay active in your military community.  You will learn a lot and be able to help others!” – Janet McIntosh, Social Media Coordinator

“Take the Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Level 1 training. You can always take it online at Army One Source if there’s not a class scheduled soon at your ACS. It provides a wealth of information for new Army family members, and it’s free! And never forget that you are not alone… you now have thousands of people who have at some point been just where you are.” – Corrie Blackshear, Field Problems and Post with the Most Segment Leader

“Know what you can control, and go with the flow for the rest.  This doesn’t mean to sit back and fail to be proactive, but instead to always have an adjustable plan in place.  I’m the type of person who prefers to know exactly what is going to happen, but thanks to the Army life I have learned to literally ‘plan in pencil.’  While things can be stressful, having flexibility helps keep the stress to a lower level.”  – Malori Mayor, Loving A Soldier Blog Assistant Coordinator

“Something good (or even great) can be found in every day, every situation, and every place. It may be something as simple as the sound of rain or something as grand as making a new friend. It may be hard to find at times and may require you to step outside of your comfort zone, but when you do take that step, you can have some AMAZING experiences.” – Jennifer Aloisi, News 6

“ The Army gives us everything we truly need. The wants and desires, we have to make for ourselves.” – Alison Pulcher, Post with the Most Segment Leader

“You are a warrior. Warriors do not give up on themselves or one another. Stand strong with your sword and shield and fight.” – Chelsea Barto, Media & Outreach Assistant

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