10 Things Working Military Spouses Do

Not too long ago, being a Military Spouse with a career was kind of like being a unicorn. They sounded pretty magical, but had anyone ever really seen one?

Over the past few years, however, military spouse employment issues have taken center stage thanks to programs like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Programs, putting Veteran and Military Spouse employment issues in the spotlight.

We are proud to work with Chevrolet during Military Appreciation Month as we share their commitment to our military community. Corporate partners like General Motors, parent company of Chevrolet, are standing alongside 30 leading companies to organize hundreds of job fairs across the country and overseas bases in Germany, Japan, and Italy.

Needless to say, as magical as we think Military Spouses are with or without a career, here’s a special list for every Military Spouse who has ever had to balance work-life, military-life, and for some of us, mom-life or dad-life.

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1. Turn your car into an office.

Your car is really just your office. On wheels.

From brainstorming sessions to crafting the perfect pitch, our cars often go beyond just traditional transportation.

Imagine if we told you could have a car with Wi-Fi. Pick your mouth up off the floor. For realsies. Chevrolet has the largest available 4G LTE in-Car Wi-Fi vehicle lineup.*

If your car isn’t cutting it as your mobile C-suite, now is the perfect time to take advantage of Chevrolet’s Military Discount. Now through May 31, nobody offers a more comprehensive discount – available to Active Duty, Retirees, and All Veterans. Check it out here. **

2. Drink coffee for the free Wi-Fi.

So maybe the whole Wi-Fi car thing isn’t happening for you yet, but we all know the real reason behind your coffee habit…it’s all about that Wi-Fi, that Wi-Fi, no (time) limits. There’s something about having access to free Wi-Fi that makes your coffee habit seem totally justified, amirite?

And don’t act like you haven’t parked in the parking lot just to bum a free signal. If you had a Chevrolet with Wi-Fi, then you wouldn’t have to bum a free signal. Just sayin’.

3. View deployments and TDYs as your personal endurance event.

There’s nothing like staring down a stint of solo-parenting, while working, while military spouse-ing (go with it) to make you put on your best Haka-inspired war face as you chant “bring it!” 

4. Master the Art of Working Parent Sign Language.

Part umpire, part Karate Kid, working parent sign language is a series of hand motions and crazed facial expressions that communicate your deep desire for silence in order to maintain some semblance of professionalism while on an important call despite the fact that you are working from home, likely in elastic pants, at the same time your young entourage members are moments away from losing their ever-loving minds.

Perhaps one of the most effective signs is the one that calls for immediate silence:

Open your eyes wide with hint of crazy. Press your lips together tightly together with a slight purse.  Ball one hand into a fist with your index finger extended and violently tap that finger against your lips until your spouse or child ceases to talk out of fear or understanding…whichever happens first.

Variation: Do the above motion while violently pointing at the phone with your other hand.

5. Build a tribe of military spouses who have your back and vice versa.

Whether you work or not, everybody needs a tribe full of military spouses who can have your back when you need it. If you’re a working parent, there’s nothing like having a stay at home parent friend to back you up and if you’re a stay at home parent, there’s nothing like having a working parent friend who gets that it is okay to put yourself first from time to time.

6. Get super excited when you find another working military spouse friend.

There’s nothing like finding out that you’re not alone and there’s someone who totally gets that, even though things are changing, being a military spouse with a career brings its own flavor to military life.

7. Feel a little guilty about not being able to volunteer at your child’s school, so you buy all the supplies. All. The. Supplies.

I even have a standard line for this one on the first day of school: “I might not be able to volunteer as much, but if there is anything you need for the classroom, anything at all, please let me know. I am happy to buy any supplies or snacks you need.”

8. Get tired of missing out of on-base activities because we work.

Can’t we just have an evening meeting, please? Is that asking too much? Many military spouses with jobs are willing to participate in meetings and events if they aren’t happening during prime working hours.

9. Understand that career flexibility is a must.

We know that our careers often fall secondary to the need of our serving spouse’s career, so we value opportunities to work with organizations who “get” military life.

10. Make supporting two careers a team sport.

Military life is already a team sport, and balancing two careers alongside each other takes it to the next level. Whether you’re a mil-to-mil couple or a mil-to-civilian couple, it takes two to keep two careers on track and thriving. Keeping lines of communications open and leaning-in together is what makes being a Military Spouse with a career possible.

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Are you a working Military Spouse? What things would you add to this list? And don’t forget to sign up here to learn more about Chevrolet’s Military Discount Program. They had us at in-car Wi-Fi.

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1 COMMENT

  1. LOVE this article!!!! So many times articles only mention the negativity of being a working military spouse, mother, father and career people….I truly appreciate your upbeat “WE CAN DO THIS” mantra!!!! THANK YOU, because we CAN, we DO, and we ARE succeeding, successfully and happily!!!!!!
    P.S. Being able to attend some on-base functions would be a huge bonus I must admit!!!! Those squadron picnics from 1 – 3 p.m. on a weekday, yea it would be nice to be a part of those once in a decade or two 🙂 Rock-on Working Military Spouses!!!!!

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