Now That’s Can’t Be Normal!

A few weeks ago my husband brought home a piece of paper he received after his records were reviewed when he transferred into a new detachment.

The piece of paper said (paraphrased): Your qualification on the Uzi has been revoked because you have failed to requalify within the required amount of time.

After several hours of having seen that paper and not noticed anything unusual about it, I realized that the fact that we had that paper in our house and didn't see anything unusual about it was probably *not normal.*

On the other hand, it is OUR normal. Just like moving every few years, decorating our house like Middle Eastern Applebee's, and eating copious amounts of delicious Afghan food. It's very odd to my family and quite a few of my friends from "before", but it is our normal.

In fact, I realized that a lot of the things that are "our normal" are so, well, normal for us that I never even notice they might be off until a socially awkward situation develops (see also: ruck – humping; misuse of). Since I'm all about preventative measures to avoid embarrassing situations (like it ever works for me), I'd like to hear things you've discovered about the military that don't always translate to the outside world.

What's your normal?

About the Author

airforcewife

airforcewife started her military journey as an Army National Guard wife, but upon experiencing base housing decided to aim high and made the switch to the Air Force. That's worked pretty well for Air Force Family so far, even though airforcewife holds the spouse world record for Come to Jesus talks with various members of the command.

Air Force Family has four children, two pit bulls, and a Mother-in-Law who lost her mind eight years ago. Despite the reputation of pit bulls, airforcewife would like to assure you that her Mother-in-Law is truly the most dangerous of the group, and is banned in more places than the dogs.

airforcewife gets through Air Force Guy's frequent deployments and TDY's by frequently attending her boxing gym, after the chance discovery last deployment that hitting things really does make life better. She also volunteers as the Ambassador for Sew Much Comfort to Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and in a variety of other causes throughout the year.

airforcewife has no idea what the future holds, but decided five years ago that she wants to be Andi when she grows up.

8 Comments on "Now That’s Can’t Be Normal!"

  1. When civilians ask me how long this deployment is going to be and I answer "Hopefully 12 months."
    Then they look at me shocked that I would dare say such a thing and I have to explain that the first deployment was supposed to be 12 but was 14 and this last deployment was also supposed to be 12 but was 15, so yeah.. A 12 month deployment is looking good right about now. ^_~

  2. We have tailhooks (from carrier jets) in our garden the way some people have gnomes…

  3. Guard Wife | June 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm |

    I have an almost six-year-old daughter who, since the time she could talk, has used the NCO point (no single finger, just the hand in a 'blade') and used phrases like, "Move out! Draw fire!"

  4. MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN IN THE SERVICE SINCE 1980. HE'S BEEN HOME ONLY ABOUT TWO YEARS IN ECREMENTS OF THE PAST EIGHT YEARS. I GET ASKED IF I'VE HEARD FROM MY HUSBAND ALL THE TIME AND THEY ARE SUPRISED THAT WHEN HE LEAVES, I ONLY HEAR FROM HIM BY PHONE MAYBE ABOUT MAYBE 5 TIMES DURING THE DEPLOYMENTS OF 12 MOS OR MORE. CIVILIANS DON'T RELATE. IT'S INSANE TO THEM. EVEN TO MANY MILITARY WIVES. I EXPLAIN THAT MY HUSBAND SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE IN CHARGE OF LIVES AND STILL HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ME WORRYING ABOUT PHONE CALLS. I WANT MY HUSBAND TO TOTALLY FOCUS 1000 PER CENT. HE WILL CALL ME WHEN HE CAN AND I WILL HOLD DOWN THE FORT RAISING MY FOUR SON'S AND DAUGHTER HERE. AND HE KNOWS THAT I AM FULLY CAPABLE. ALL FIVE ARE NOW GRADUATED AND THREE OF FOUR SONS JOINED THE ARMY. GOD BLESS MANY OF THE CONCERNED CIVILIANS BUT I GUESS YOU KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE GIRLS…..

  5. With GI Joe's job I don't always know when he will deploy, when he will call, and where he is when he is deployed.
    A lot of my civilian friends just don't understand that when he calls I HAVE to answer because I never know how long it will be till he can call again when he is deployed.
    On the other hand… I had to visit a civilian doctor a few months ago and I didn't remember my check book! Luckily it was in my hometown so they let me run to my 'rents place to get it! I'm not used to civilian medical care anymore.

  6. Spouse1Each | July 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm |

    Finding a Kevlar or pieces of M4 magazines in the dishwasher is "normal" in my house.

  7. Finding Copenhagen cans or expended ammo rounds in the dryer…thats our norm. i fuss when this happens but i miss it when he is not here.

  8. Canuck Lad | May 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm |

    You guys can bring expended ammo home? We get charged for that!

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