Post # 1
So this show does not exist!!!!
But I was thinking about all the different reality shows and how several networks have turned popular TV dramas into reality shows. Would you be on a show featuring real Army or military wives?
I think that the general populace has a negative view of us because of the show. If you were to be on such a show, would you do anything to change the perception of military wives?
Post # 3
@Future Army Wife: I’m not a military wife, but did grow up with a dad working for the DoD. One of my exes was in the Army as well.
I hope the show is not giving people a bad vibe about real Army spouses. Well, except for Roxy. That crap she likes to pull with mentioning that she’s friends with the post commander’s wife and always insisting on getting her own way would not fly in the real world. Trevor’s career would’ve been damaged by that.
Because of my father’s pay grade, my mom was sometimes obligated to attend events held by the Officers’ Wives Club. The cattiness of the high-ranking officers’ wifes sometimes shown on Army Wives is true (in some cases).
Post # 4
There was actually a casting for a reality show like this a little while ago (maybe a few years?)
I’d never offer to go on a reality show. The only other wives I really hang out with are fellow nurses who I work/go to school with. Don’t get me wrong, I love them all- but there are a lot of conflicting personalities. There is one girl who is super conservative and in my opinion a little too openly judgemental. She’d be great tv, I just wouldn’t want to be associated with it.
Post # 5
@maureen9004: There’s been casting recently, too. Military Wives of San Diego started casting in October-ish and there was talk of Military Wives of Alaska. The Navy, in no uncertain terms, does not support it and is actively discouraging spouses from participating. I assume other branches share the same sentiment.
I wouldn’t participate. I don’t want my life on TV, I’m not drama enough for their show anyways. I just feel like it’s going to be an embarrassment, more than a “real” look at military life. I think most people would take it with a grain of salt, but it’s not something I care to even see come to fruition.
ETA: And if the women who come on this show think their antics won’t affect their husbands they’re crazy. All they have to do is look at the “NG aren’t soldiers” blog post debacle earlier this year to see that it can and will affect their husbands careers.
Post # 6
I only watch a little of the first season of “Army Wives” because I was curious – it was like they took every horror story ever told about being a military spouse and crammed it in. Awful.
That being said, I still would NOT be willing to go on one of these shows myself. I’m in the military myself and Fiance is also military, and it would have too much of a negative effect on how we were viewed in our community. And I don’t think it would do enough to change perceptions of what it’s like to actually be a military spouse or family member. The issue with reality shows is that there has to be some sort of drama involved for it to be successful, and much of that drama actually would probably wind up getting people in trouble!
Post # 7
Nope. Not a chance. We are entirely too private, plus, due to his job, there’s not a lot any of the spouses would say anyway. I know the commands would NOT be happy about it….
IMO, these shows would only open people up to OPSEC and PERSEC violations and dangers. There’s already way, way too much information being shared online via social networking. I don’t think being a reality show star would be a wise move for any military spouse to make.
Plus, these types of shows need drama. Personal drama never makes anyone look good. Military drama often either can’t be made public or people just don’t understand it because you really can’t till you live it.
ETA: I was also thinking about how annoying it is that the networks still only want to do military wives shows. I guess they don’t realize that there are lots of military husbands, too… I always feel bad for them because I think they get so overlooked.
Post # 8
I didn’t know that casting had begun for some real life shows. Interesting. Glad they’re not here at Bragg (as far as I’ve seen). At the comment about OPSEC is really true. One of my sorority sisters is an Air Force wife, and she loved talking all about where he was and their technology while he was deployed.