(Closed) Being a Navy wife?

posted 7 years ago in Military
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My fiance is in the navy in Australia. It may be different over there but I know they really do look after families and married couples here. You should have email communication when he is deployed and the boys often go and buy a cheap sim card when they’re on land at overseas ports so they can call their partners. They also have an emergency contact number for the ship if you need to get in contact immediately. He may need to stay in a dorm during his initial training but usually after that they will assist you with either on base or off base living arrangements together. Hopefully someone on here who is married to an American sailor can provide more accurate answers though!

Post # 4
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2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

My husband is in the Navy. From what I have observed it’s a little different from other branches in that most men and women serving are attached to a ship. Ships typically go on 6-8 month deployments every other year with short underway trips (underway= trip close to the US) throughout the year. This year we’ve been incredibly lucky, my husband has only been gone 1.5 months- last year he was out at sea 9 out of 12 months.

– During deployments you usually can email whenever you like- occassionally the server goes down but they fix it quickly.  My husband is on a destroyer so they don’t have internet when deployed- but I know a few guys on carriers and they have access to facebook and skype. Your husband will be able to call you from the ship’s phone once or twice a month I believe.. it probably depends on the ship though. 

 – When he’s at basic he may be able to call you every now and again from a payphone- he will definitley be able to write letters (and he will love recieving letters from you!)

– While he’s in school you may not be able to join him. It really depends on the school he’s in, how long it takes, etc.. You won’t know until he gets his orders which will be towards the end of boot camp. If he has accompanied orders you will likely be placed in married housing. Some of these things you just have to let happen and deal with them as they come. Different things happen to different people.

– I definitely feel the navy cares about families. They have programs, events, and resources for families while the person serving is away (or even home!). If you need help all you need to do is contact your obudsman.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Some unsolicited advice, if you’re not already married by the time he goes to bootcamp- get married before he leaves! You’ll be able to collect basic housing allowance based on your home record (the home address he gives the navy. if you want to find out what the allowance is look up BAH by zipcodes). If you’re living with family you can save this money, if you’re on your own it will help make ends meet while he’s away.

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