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I offer military couples therapy and am myself a partner in a military couple. Military couples face unique challenges from civilians in their relationships and daily lives. When I first moved to Camp Lejeune from Seattle to live with my husband, I had no idea what to expect. I knew little to nothing about the Marine Corps or how his job would really impact our lives. I was now living in a town where most people were military affiliated, which was completely different from the city life that I was accustomed to. Throughout my experience as a military couples therapist and the hours of conversations I have had with my active duty friends and their spouses, I have learned a lot about what it is like to be in a relationship while one partner is active duty. Here are the top five things that I wish I knew about being in a military relationship.
Being in a military relationship is not easy, but I hope that these tips can help you navigate through your experience. Establishing a solid support system, maintaining communication, and understanding what to expect before and after long trainings and deployments can make things feel less heavy and overwhelming. Feelings of grief and loneliness may arise, and therapy can be a great tool to work through these feelings.