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Thread: Age Difference in Military Families?

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    Age Difference in Military Families?

    I am making this post on behalf of my spouse, actually. I am currently training to get an enlistment contract for HM and she had a couple questions about family life for us in the military at our age (35).

    Her biggest question is that she is a little worried about being able to relate to other spouses on the enlisted side. She is concerned about this mainly because of our age difference, but also our place in life now. Younger spouses, don’t take offense to this. With both of us being 35 years old, her being professionally established in an established career, and already having two children, she’s wondering how she would relate to the majority of spouses who will be much, much, younger than us, at a different maturity level, and point in their lives. Definitely not at all saying older is better. Just that it is different. And, with me being an HM, she’s going to want that spousal camaraderie and community. She is not from a military family and has never been exposed to it. So, everything is going to be new to her.


    I'm not concerned about how I will relate to the other HMs and military life. I'm prior Service and Army Infantry, we'll have the job in common, and know our place in the rank structure. But, how will the military life be for my wife being older than a majority of the other spouses at my same paygrade? I'll be going in as an E-3.

    If anyone would like to weigh in on this, spouses and Navy HMs, and Marines, please go ahead. Thanks!
    Last edited by 25MM; 04-05-2012 at 11:25.

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    You will have to remember that no matter where you go there will be families of all ages and sizes on the bases to be able to socialize with. You should be able to locate various groups through the chapel or MWR offices....

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    Have a life outside of the military!
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    Your coming in as an HN and your prior service Army? What rank were you when you left the Army???? Do you have any medical experience already?

    Your wife should be OK, She will adjust to the lifestyle....
    HMC(FMF) Acevedo

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    Quote Originally Posted by tact.medic View Post
    Your coming in as an HN and your prior service Army? What rank were you when you left the Army???? Do you have any medical experience already?

    Your wife should be OK, She will adjust to the lifestyle....
    Tact.Medic,

    Not coming in as a HN... Coming in with an HM contract. I'll have to go through the initial Hospital Corpsman School. When I left the Army, I was an E-4, Specialist. I'll be coming in the Navy as an E-3 due to my Bachelors Degree. Yes, I do also have medical experience/education:

    EMT - 7 years (urban, Milwaukee)
    Firefighter/EMT - 3 years
    HAZMAT Technician - 12 years
    Associate Degree - Fire Engineering
    Bachelors Degree - Public Safety Management

    Since posting this last year, the question's really not a factor anymore. A lot has happened since then. I am finalizing my divorce with my wife this week, Thursday. So, I will be coming in without a spouse.

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    I don't think it's a problem at all. You don't have to established a close relationship with them. Act natural, be sincere and respect each other I think everything will go well. Good luck to you and your family.

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