You know you’re a military family when …

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Michael Esper, assigned to Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron 209, walks across the flight line with his wife and children during a homecoming celebration at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington in Maryland Sept. 7, 2010. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford H. Davis)

Camaraderie and comradery:  no matter how you spell it if you’ve been part of the military – even for just a short time – you’ve experienced it first-hand.

As our nation observes National Veterans and Military Families Month this November, Military OneSource invites you to take a quick look at some of the aspects of military life that make it unique.

You know you’re a military family member when:

  • You rush to mail your holiday packages in early November
  • You know the difference between Reveille and Taps
  • You wonder why the national anthem isn’t played before the movie starts at your local theater
  • Your furniture bears different colored stickers from many moves
  • You watch out for the newcomers and help them settle in
  • You have several sets of curtains – in storage – that may be perfect for the next set of quarters
  • Words like ‘alert’ and ‘suspense’ mean little to your civilian friends
  • You know by heart the Social Security numbers of each family member
  • You can speak a clear sentence and be understood using a string of abbreviations (not sure about this one? How about, “We’re going to fly Space-A and then take advantage of MWR before we PCS – it’s going to be a DITY move.”  If you understand this, you might be a military family member.)
  • The license plate game gets off to a great start if you begin in the Exchange or Commissary parking lot – Alaska, Hawaii and Wyoming are often in abundant supply
  • Skyping in the middle of the night to reach a loved one on the other side of the world is normal
  • Your kids learned how to ski in Garmisch, scuba dive in Rota, and surf in Waikiki
  • There’s always room for one more at your Thanksgiving table, especially those far from home or separated from their deployed loved one
  • Your December memories include fluffy snow on one continent and tropical rainforests in another, and
  • You remember neighbors and friends you may not see again but are forever in your heart

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