New to the Army?

new-to-army-lifeWe can empathize with how you feel right now! We’ve been there. Army Life 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 okay 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

Visit Married To The Army – Army 101

Finding Your Battle Buddy – AWN

Making The Most of Your Military Lifestyle – AWN

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 a lot easier!