Military Life

Life After Deployment

Life after deployment: seven tips for reconnecting Deployment's done. Homecoming's over. Now comes the reality of being back. Establishing the new normal isn't always easy, but a lot of military fami..

A Look Into Joining the Military’s Elite Forces in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force

U.S. service members already serve their country as part of one of the finest fighting forces t..

Make a Plan to Stay in Touch with Your Service Member

Communicating with friends and family is very important for service members; a phone call or ca..

Department of Defense Identification Cards

One of the most valuable assets to service members is their military ID. The Department of Defe..

Grief and Loss of a Loved One, The Days Ahead

Grief is a natural response when a loved one dies. How you grieve depends on your personality, ..

You’re the One Coming Home. Now What?

If you're the one who's deployed and counting down to heading home, you can do a lot to set you..

Help for Veterans

Life in the military has taught you to be strong in the face of some of life's most difficult o..

The Savings Deposit Program

If a combat deployment is in your future, be sure to learn about the Savings Deposit Program, a..

Read This: Must-Dos for Separating

You've made the decision. Now it's time to make the most of it. There's a list of tasks to acco..

Transition Assistance Programs and Resources

The military has an extensive array of services to help make your separation a success. If you'..

8 Things You Should Know Before Your Service Member Leaves for Boot Camp

This list can help you - whether you are a parent, sibling, friend, fiancé or extended family ..

10 Tips to Take to Basic Training

Basic training varies by service branch, but it’ll help you to know these facts of military l..

Your Leave and Earnings Statement

Your monthly Leave and Earnings Statement, or LES, is one of the most important financial docum..

Support and Resources Through the Commissary and Exchange

You may already know that shopping for groceries at the commissary or for electronics at the ex..

Voting While You’re Away From Home: The Absentee Voting Process

When military life takes you away from home, you and your family can use an absentee ballot and..

Military Clause: Terminate Your Lease Due to Deployment or PCS

Service members are protected by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act if they need to break thei..

Meeting Fitness Standards

Physical fitness is a big part of life in the military. It’s required. To make sure our milit..

Military Insignia: What Are Those Stripes and Bars?

The stripes and bars on a military uniform signify rank. If you’re new to the military, you k..

Enlisting In The Military

BEFORE YOU JOIN Doing The Research If you know a friend or family member who has spent time i..

Deployment Resources for Families

While military families know how to stand strong, the stresses of deployment can bring extra ch..

Military Retirement: Do You Have This Covered?

Transitioning to civilian life is just like everything else in military life. Doing it successf..

Overview of Veterans Affairs Benefits

You served. Now let the Department of Veterans Affairs serve you by helping you live life to th..

Unlock the Savings and Nutrition Inside Your Commissary

It's dinnertime again, and you have plenty of choices. Visit the Defense Commissary Agency's w..

Getting Help for Combat Stress

Learning to recognize the signs of combat stress in yourself, another service member or a f..

3 Ways to Make Friends on a Short Duty Assignment

Everyone knows making friends when you are moving every few years is one of the most difficult ..

Marine Corps Boot Camp and Officer Candidates School: What to Expect

Marine Corps Basic Recruit Training is the first step in preparing you mentally and physically ..

Military Insignia: What Are Those Stripes and Bars?

The stripes and bars on a military uniform signify rank. If you’re new to the military, you k..

What You Should Know About Department of Defense Identification Cards

One of the most valuable assets to service members is their military ID. The Department of Defe..

Navy Boot Camp And Officer Candidate School: What To Expect

Navy Boot Camp is the first step in turning you into a sailor with all the skills to perform in..

Preparing For Deployment As A Family

Preparing as a Family Whether this is your first time preparing for a deployment or you’ve..

What You Should Know When PCSing To South Korea

Receiving the news that you and your family are moving to South Korea may not be expected. If y..

5 Ways To Make Your Coast-To-Coast Move Memorable

You’ve just received your permanent change of station orders and they say to pack up your ent..

What You Need To Know About OCONUS Ration Cards

If you are ever stationed overseas, you will get to experience using a ration card on a variety..

5 Things You Shouldn’t Worry About During Military Transition

"Military transition." How can such an innocent pair of words be so loaded? As you prepare f..

What to Pack for Basic Training

You'll need to take only a few basic things when you head off to basic training - everything el..

Organize Your Home Now For A PCS Ahead

While sitting at the desk in our home office. my spouse yelled down the hall, “Where’s the ..

Relocation Tool for Families

WASHINGTON -- During peak moving season Defense Department leaders want families to know new re..

Managing Your Money as a New Service Member

You're learning a lot of new skills in the military, and money management should be one of them..

Air Force Basic Training: What to Expect

When joining the Air Force, you can choose one of two paths: Enlist: If you enlist, your f..

American Red Cross Support for Military Families

The American Red Cross offers important support to service members, veterans and their famili..

Managing Your Money as a New Service Member

You're learning a lot of new skills in the military, and money management should be one of them..

12 Ways To Land That Civilian Job

You've proven your commitment, discipline and resourcefulness in the military world. Now it's t..

10 Hacks for Your Military Family’s PCS Move

Post from MilitaryByOwner You simply can’t prepare for every possible scenario when facin..

Handling a Deployment After a Recent Move

A deployment soon after a move can be challenging for a military spouse, but it also brings new..

Moving After A Loved One Dies

Housing and allowances Government housing If you are living in government housing as an aut..

How To Keep Your Relationship Strong During Separation

Whether this is the first time or the 20th time that your spouse has been called to active dut..

Staying or Moving When Your Spouse is Deployed

Your spouse is deploying, and you might be tempted to pack up and move closer to your family. T..

Stress Management During Deployment

In the military, stress happens. But too much stress can have negative effects on performance, ..

Make A Short Term Space Feel More Like Home

When the military is in control of your destination, you tend to find yourself in a variety of ..

How To Deal With A PCS When All You Want To Do Is Stay

When it comes to the art of moving, military spouses have it down. Every few years–if you’r..

Moving To A Foreign Country & I Don’t Know The Language!

The day we got orders to live overseas, my husband and I were both excited. We looked forward t..

How The Outdoors Helped Me Conquer Deployment.

I like to think that I knew what I was getting into when the word “deployment” entered ..