TRICARE Open Season is Coming… Here’s What You Need to Know

TRICARE Open Season is Coming… Here’s What You Need to Know

If you're a "seasoned" military spouse, you likely have a love/hate relationship with TRICARE. TRICARE is the health care program for all active duty service members and their families in the United States. And there is only one time of year when individuals can change their plans. This period is known as "Open Season." As [...]

25 Things We Did as New Sub Spouses That We Would Never Do Again

25 Things We Did as New Sub Spouses That We Would Never Do Again

We asked, you answered! We posed a simple question to our followers: what did you do as a new submarine spouse that you would never do again? Here's what they said: Have any expectations whatsoever. Don’t expect FRG’s to be bad because not all of them are but don’t expect them all to be great [...]

Change of Command: 6 Things to Know

Change of Command: 6 Things to Know
Photo credit: US Navy

In the submarine community there are a number of time-honored traditions and ceremonies. We've previously talked about christening ceremonies, but what about a Change of Command ceremony? Here's a few things you should know. What is a Change of Command ? A Change of Command is a ceremony to honor the outgoing Commanding Officer (CO) [...]

So, You’re New to Submarine Life. Here Are 10 Things You Should Know

So, You’re New to Submarine Life. Here Are 10 Things You Should Know
USS Boise (SSN-764), US Navy/Mass Comm. Specialist 2nd Class Jeffrey M. Richardson

If you're new to submarine life, whether you're a parent of a newly-christened sailor or a significant other just learning the lingo, it can be incredibly overwhelming. Simply put, you don't know what you don't know. What type of submarine are they on? How often will they be at sea? What's the difference between an [...]

How to Support Your Spouse (And Yourself) Through Their XO Tour

How to Support Your Spouse (And Yourself) Through Their XO Tour
USS INDIANA, credit: US Navy

As a follow up from our department head post, we were asked to gather feedback on spouses who have experienced an XO tour! The "XO," or Executive Officer, is second in command and reports directly to the Commanding Officer (CO). An XO is responsible to the captain for all ship's work, drills, exercises, personnel organization, [...]

Military Childcare Benefits For Service Members

Military Childcare Benefits For Service Members

For dual working parents or single parents, searching for childcare at a new duty station can be overwhelming to say the least! Below is a guide to some of the military childcare benefits available to service members and their families. Child Development Centers The military offers subsidized childcare at Child Development Centers (CDCs) on bases [...]