A Tanker's Wife

Here are some things I have learned as a spouse: What to do while your husband is in uniform

Walk on your husband’s left side so he can salute others.

Refer to your spouse by his first name or nickname, or as “my husband.”  

Stand at a public function or ceremony when the senior officer enters and is announced.   This applies to everyone in attendance.


No PDA Show public displays of affection, except at homecomings and goodbyes.  This includes kissing and holding hands.

Chew gum, tobacco or smoke while in uniform.

He can't put his hands in his pockets.
Using a cell phone while walking in uniform.

Allow your child to wear your spouse’s uniform for Halloween.  Uniforms bearing insignia, badges and tabs should be worn only by authorized personnel.


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