Long Distance Relationships, Military, Military Relationships

A Perspective

I’ve talked a lot about what it’s like from a serviceman/servicewoman’s point of view, but not necessarily a spouse’s or family member’s. This perspective is a lot different.

Watching them leave is so hard, and it seems much harder for you. You worry when they tell you where they’ll be stationed next. You worry about their training and deploying. It’s hard seeing other people have their families together for holidays whenever you don’t have that. It’s hard not having them right there when you need them- having them there to comfort you during bad situations. It’s hard not knowing when you’ll hear their voice again.

However, it’s great that you have someone to be so proud of. You have someone who would risk it all for their country, and someone who is stronger than you can imagine. There’s nothing truly quite like it.

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Long Distance Relationships, Military, Military Relationships

Long Distance, Long Hours & Time Zones

Sometimes your loved ones may get stationed overseas or in different parts of the country, meaning that they will more than likely be in different time zones. These can be a slight one hour difference, or maybe even an eight or nine hour difference. Either way, it can get confusing.

 

They also tend to work pretty long shifts (at least between 8-12 hours), so that on top of a time difference makes things even more difficult. You may even get to the point where you’re sleeping while they’re working and vice versa- at least I’m no stranger to it.

However, you can power through it.

Memorize how their time corresponds with yours, make sure your phone has the ringer on at all times, set alarms (occasionally at least) to be able to wake up to talk to them for awhile, and do whatever you need to do in order to communicate (even if it’s just for a few minutes).

It’s doable, I promise.

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