Even though Rob and I have been together for over four years, I still have so much to learn about the military. It amazes me how much he knows just and how natural it all seems to him. I am sure that wasn’t the case in basic training but now, it has become who he is and embedded into his personality, mannerisms, and vocabulary.

Rob is always using military abbreviations and it’s really hard to follow him sometimes. This certainly isn’t a complete list but it has been the ones I find come up the most and applicable to a military wife. 
BAH & BAS – Basic Allowance for Housing. Basic Allowance for Subsistence.
CDC – Child Development Center.
Chit – A request or voucher.
CO – Commanding Officer. 
COLA – Cost of Living Allowance.
Commissary – Where military members and families can go to buy food.
CONUS – Continental United States.
DEERS – Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System. 
DOD – Department of Defense.
EM – Enlisted Member.
FRG – Family Readiness Group.
FSSA – Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance. 
OCONUS – Outside the Continental United States.
MP – Military Police.
PCS – Permanent Change of Station. 
POA – Power Of Attorney. 
SSN – Social Security Number.
TDY or TAD – Temporary duty. 
TRICARE – Military health care program for eligible members and their dependents.
VA – Department of Veterans Affairs.

I still laugh when I hear Rob on the phone giving the letter breakdown of a word. Maybe because he is always serious when he does it and I just make up something when I do it.

When I commuted into DC for work, I was always surrounded by uniforms. I always felt bad because I never really knew their rank. I can’t even count the number of times I would get home and describe what was on their uniform when I would tell Rob stories from my day. I am a visual person and looking at these has helped me start to identify ranks.

What gal doesn’t love a man in uniform? I absolutely love seeing Rob in his uniform. He takes so much pride in his uniform and always makes sure it is perfect. I have found it to be really difficult to identify one uniform from the other but looking at them all together makes it easier.

I am so excited to co-host this weekly link party Caity from DIY Navy Momma. We have known one another for about 18 months, went through our first pregnancies together and both have currently deployed husbands.

I have found such a strong bond and support system within the military spouse community. This will be a fun and exciting way to keep in touch, offer support, and share excitement! I look forward to getting to know everyone and following along in your journey.

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