Mrs. Muffins is on deck for today with a very candid look at branch superiority.
She's a Marine wife...yet somehow we get along pretty well! Haha
Everyone knows that soldiers Aren’t Really Marines Yet, that Airmen belong in the Chair Force, and as for the Navy, well, Marines are a Department of the Navy… the Men’s Department. Oh yeah, Coast Guard, who’s that?
I am kidding. I got your attention though, right? Oh, and for the record, any stereotypes about Marines, they are true… Trust me, I know. I married one! I swear, every time my husband spends any amount of time with other Marines, he comes back a little dumber.
Jokes amongst the branches is nothing new. I would bet you could ask any of them and they would have a joke for another branch. Even within branches, different MOS’s have things to say about the rest of them… It’s a healthy competition and when it comes down to it, no service member would risk the life of another one over some branch pride.
The problem is when the spouses forget that it’s just a joke.
I have a shirt that says “Midol? I think you’ve mistaken me for an Air Force wife.” and I laugh every time I read it but the fact is, I see all military spouses as family. When one of you is facing a deployment, my heart aches for you and when you’re making signs for a homecoming, my heart fills with happiness.
You might think an Army wife couldn’t possibly understand what you’re going through because you’re a Marine wife. Or if your husband’s a grunt, a mechanic’s wife wouldn’t understand. It does not matter what branch your husband is, what his rank is or his job. If wait for your phone to ring, worry and cry yourself to sleep, you’re just the same as me and every military spouse who has walked in these shoes before you.
I know firsthand what it’s like to be on a base all by myself, not knowing a soul. It takes time to build real, lasting friendships. Online it’s different. With one blog post we find out so much about someone. That someone might not be affiliated with the same branch as you but you’ll often find we all have a lot more in common than you might think. Instead of hiding behind our computer screens and saying mean things to each other, we should be thankful that we’re all just an email away.
In the real world, military spouses don’t get a lot of respect. We’re viewed at as women that just sit at home with our kids, spending our husband’s money. Nobody knows what it’s like to be a military spouse except another military spouse. That’s why it is so important that we treat each other with respect and love, like a family would. If we don’t respect one another or the other branches of the military, how can we expect the rest of America to? Think about it and next time you’re talking to another military wife remember that no matter how different her husband’s uniform is, we’re all on the same team.