By Margaret C. Harrell

Army manpower coverage is frequently crafted through policymakers with no an in-depth knowing of the lifestyles reviews and perspectives of junior enlisted group of workers. it truly is believable to count on that a few policymakers characteristic the attitudes and studies of those younger squaddies to such good points as formative years or loss of a sophisticated schooling and will hence believethemselves capable of empathize with this inhabitants staff by way of recalling their very own parallel lifestyles studies. although, this process oversimplifies the lifestyles stories of those households and neglects the truth that the majority policymakers managers have by no means skilled the compendium of difficulties those face, similar to early life, lack ofeducation, monetary problems, emotional and actual distance from , and invisibility in a wide paperwork. on the middle of this publication are the private tales of 3 junior enlisted spouses, informed of their personal voices and chosen to stress the dilemmas quite a few enlisted households face. The tales supply perception into the experiencesand attitudes of alternative junior enlisted households. these or fascinated with the army, or those that dwell an army lifestyle--at any pay grade--will locate those tales either invaluable and fascinating.

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Like, Ted had a friend, and we’ve known him since he was a specialist. He robin-bobin robin-bobin 34 INVISIBLE WOMEN: JUNIOR ENLISTED ARMY WIVES got married, and they were going to be Eric’s godparents, but then he got promoted, and the way she has treated Eric and the way she’s treated Ted, ever since her husband made sergeant, I won’t talk to her anymore. ” Like a friend of mine, she is 18, she is married to an E-3. They look down on her a lot because she just barely turned 18, and they have been married almost two years.

I just ask him to take care his stuff. I do the rest. It’s not much; the condo fee takes care of the yard. They always wake me up with damn mowers, but at least I don’t have to wake up and do it. Most days I just sit around and take care of the baby. Sometimes I go for walks. Today I went for two walks. Then I clean and wait for Jon to get home. Then we go do something. My day is pretty boring. Sometimes Kathy or somebody will come over, and we’ll go swimming, or I’ll go over to Sandy’s house and talk to her or something.

I guess they never go to work. robin-bobin robin-bobin 36 INVISIBLE WOMEN: JUNIOR ENLISTED ARMY WIVES I grew up in a trailer, so it’s no different. I mean it’s different for my husband because he never even lived in one until we moved here, and I’m like, this is no big deal. [He has a harder time with living in a trailer park], and he doesn’t like the fact that it is so small. It doesn’t bother me at all because it is easy to clean. He thinks it always looks dirty, because he is used to living in a big house.

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