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Okay, so I'm teaching my 7-year-old daughter how to tell time and move around the clock with ease. She starts counting hours on her fingers to answer some of the worksheet problems and she counts, "...10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15..." I'm thinking she's way ahead of the game, if her school uses military time.
Probably, most clocks you've seen only go up to 12 hours. The military uses a 24-hour clock and it's probably a good idea to get to know it.
So you know when happy hour is. It's also best to be on the same time as your wife. This will save you from many, many arguments.
“Military Time, also known as 24-hour time, is actually an easy one and I learned this trick many years ago as a military brat. We have all heard things like “Chow is at 1800,” well what is 1800? In regular time its 6pm. It works like this; Midnight or 12am is 0000 and then each hour after that you add an hour. Now when you go past midday (noon) it gets a little tricky because the next hour is 1300 for 1pm then 1400 for 2pm, etc. The best thing I was told and a kid was to add or subtract 12. So if you are told that Revile is at 1730, subtract 12 and you now know it's at 530pm. Now if you're having a cookout and want some friends over at 2pm, add 12 and let them know it starts at 1400.”
- Patrick Donaldson / Navy Spouse
Patrick has some good advice, but I have always found it easier to pick and memorize a P.M. number and then add/subtract from that. For example, I memorized that 4PM is 1600 so if
someone (my wife) told me to be somewhere by 1800 (knowing that 1600 is 4:00) I would just add 2 hours to 4PM. Everyone is going to learn differently, the important thing for your sanity is that you learn.
The following article was written for us by Ann Rayne, we found it very informative and full of solid advice.
When your loved one is away, it can be hard getting used to taking care of everything at home on your own. However, in some cases, their homecoming can be just as stressful as their absence.
Of course you want to help them enjoy their time off as much as possible, but sometimes, especially if you have little ones that require a lot of attention, there's no avoiding the stress of responsibilities that come with being home. You can get overwhelmed trying to find the balance between making their return home relaxing and incorporating them back into the daily routine. Also, they can get overwhelmed trying to take on their share while transitioning back into home life.
HuffingtonPost.com interviewed Sgt. First Class Kent Phyfe and his family to talk about the stress of homecoming. He said that while coming home is great, his wife doesn't deny that reintegrating him back into family life "is one of the hardest parts about being a military couple." He explained that the spouse at home has to be the mother and the father, taking over all the roles in the house. It can be difficult to release the duties at the drop of a hat to another person. While it's an issue that sounds trivial to those that don't experience it, it is actually quite straining on a couple.
Military kids face some unique challenges, and sometimes a great teacher makes all the difference. Say thanks to the teachers taking care of our military children!
November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.
Americans love our military, but many people don't quite know how best to express their gratitude. As National Guard Spouse of the Year Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee notes, “saying "thanks" to our military families is something that many want to do, but are at a loss as to how to do it –or in the case of Guard and Reserve, how to find us!”
So the Branch SOYs created #30Ways of Thanks to help. Each day in November, the Branch SOYs will release a video with an action item that people around the country can participate in virtually or locally, individually or in groups. Participants can hash tag #30Ways so that their messages, photos, or videos are spread far and wide. Hash tags #GratefulNation and #MilFamsRock can also be added as a short-hand way to say “You are amazing, military families!” Best of all, the entire #30Ways video collection will be stored on the Branch SOYs' YouTube channel so that it can be repeated in Novembers to come, or whenever someone is looking for a way to say “thank you” to military families.