Jessica Brown is a graduate student at George Washington University and holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Washington. She has spent time as a congressional aide, government affairs specialist, news radio producer, and military family readiness advisor. She currently manages a military family financial education program for a nonprofit organization. She lives overseas with her husband, a USMC pilot and staff officer.
Military families face many unique challenges and experiences, not least of which is having to move every few years. A military move is officially called a permanent change of station, colloquially called a “PCS.”
“That cannot be right,” I thought after googling the command and realizing my husband’s new orders were to Okinawa, Japan. He was deployed at the time, and moving to Japan was the last thing I expected. It was true. Five months later, we arrived at our new subtropical island home, bleary-eyed and curious about our upcoming experiences in the three years to come.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese
Deployments are a fact of life for most military families. While each one is uniquely challenging and no two deployments are the same, some experiences are universal. Here are some of my deployment observations that I am confident my fellow military spouses understand.