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Welcome Military Brides and Grooms! I will be your Military Board Hostess.
You’ll find that navigating your way through wedding planning has nearly as many acronyms as your everyday military life. This board is meant as a forum for those with questions on military customs/traditions/trials & tribulations for weddings!!
Feel free to introduce yourself, what branch you are in, how many years you’ve been in, etc. Same for your FI!!
I am serving in the Navy-Surface Warfare specialty, I’ve been in for four years. My FI is prior Navy and was in for 13 years. HOOYAH NAVY!
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I’m not but I am an Air Force brat! My dad was stationed in P.R. and I just happened to be born there! I used to wear his hat around as a little girl and his jacket. Thought he looked so handsome!
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FI is an active Marine currently serving for 6 years, SSGT rank. Love the traditions, hate the job! Never thought I’d marry into the military family but here I am planning a wedding. He’s leaving the Corps. after he finishes his second term.
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- Wedding: April 2018 - The Grand Old House, Grand Cayman
Mr. K is already a commissioned officer, but on Educational Delay until he finishes dental school. He will go active in May, but his detailer hasn’t yet told us where he will be stationed. He put several DC bases as his top choices (that’s where my job is!). Hopefully we will hear from the detailer soon. May is just a few months away!
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My husband and I are both commissioned officers in the Air Force, nice to meet you all.
We’re fairly new to the AF, plan on serving 6 years and returning to civilian life.
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I’m a commissioned officer in the Army on educational delay until I finish my residency. FH is not in the military. I think it’s tough on him sometimes, the uncertainty as to where I’ll be stationed once i’m done with residency, especially since his job doesn’t allow him to be very mobile. It’s hard to plan for the future with this uncertainty. Anybody else feel the same way? how do you and your SOs deal with this uncertainty?
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- Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception
I’m sooo glad to see many brides that are IN the military along with those who are "marrying" into the military!
I grew up as a military brat and had full intentions to go active duty once I was done with school, but had many bad experiences with the active duty recruiters. I ended up joining the Air guard and have been in for 7 years, been active guard for the last 5 years (full active duty benefits, baby, oh yea!). LOVE IT!
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@plumblossom: My SO and I take each slate as it comes, waiting to see what it open, and I apply for whatever will work for him. It’s hard on us as well because he’s going to school, so he can’t move. We’ve become adept LD SOs. I’ve been away for 25 of the last 36 months we’ve been together. Whether it’s the Gulf of Oman or the Gulf of Mexico, or…Bogota?…we’re learning to keep our relationship strong while being away.
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Hubs is a Marine. He’s getting out next year after 6 years. Nice to meet all of you!
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HI I am an army brat marrying an ARMY Man with almost 10yr of service..We have officailly been together for a year and a half and majority of that he has spent deployed in IRAQ :(!!!!
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@plumblossom – I’m on Ed Delay with the Army as well, although I’m going to be a lawyer, not a doctor. The uncertainty is certainly a major hurdle, but you can definitely roll with the punches. For example, we know where I will be stationed for the first three months – in Charlottesville for OBC, starting Feb 2010 – and then its BOLC (yech), probably in GA. He can come with me to VA, but not BOLC. After that, its wherever they chose to station me and we’ve agreed to deal with that when it comes up.
In your case, I don’t know how long your OBC is (should be fairly long because of direct commissions). You guys just need to sit down and figure out what’s best for you. If you have to live in different places for awhile because of jobs, its best to know that now and plan. Of course, later on it will get considerably more hectic with deployments and such but MightySapphire is right, just take each one as it comes.
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Teehee… where are the coasties?? They have the sweetest assignments… Key West?? Hawaii??? Man…
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My husband’s a Coastie vet, but his assignments were never very good. Gitmo and Chincoteague Island are not very exciting, he has told me. 🙂
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Yikes… So sorry December! A cousin of mine got Miami, and a friend of mine got Elizabeth City. I guess they lucked out… lol…
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I am marrying into the Army. My FH is a 2002 WP grad and a CPT. He is back in school after three deployment (yea, stabilization), but will return to active duty as a chaplain upon graduation. (I am marrying a soldier and a preacher – two occupations I never expected to fall for and wed.)
We just got done "requesting" where he will be sent at that time. Unfortunately he does not want to return to the state where we currently reside, which means I will be taking another bar exam in about three years. (It’s a trade off because he is going to school where I found my first law job, so I will move when Sam tells him to do so.)