Temporary. Military life is ever changing; nothing ever stays the same! Friends change, jobs change, homes change, schools change, etc; the nice part about being temporary is if you don’t like where you are stationed it will change.
Community. The military in general is a community. A community of people who are just in the same boat as you. No one fully understands military life unless they have lived this lifestyle too.
We have been a military family for 8 years. My husband is active duty Air Force, and while military life is not always easy, it is rewarding. Through this life, I have learned more things about myself that I would otherwise never have learned. I found strength in myself that I never knew existed! I found where my priorities in life lie. I found my strengths and weaknesses. I learned what it truly means to rely on your spouse. I have also learned how to rely on others outside of my family. Above all, I have learned to find myself in the midst of my husband’s career.