Army Wives

The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage


Author: Tanya Biank

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429993371

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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Army Wives goes beyond the sound bites and photo ops of military life to bring readers into the hearts and homes of today's military wives. Biank tells the story of four typical Army wives who, in a flash, find themselves in extraordinary circumstances that ultimately force them to redefine who they are as women and wives. This is a true story about what happened when real life collided with army convention. Army Wives is a groundbreaking narrative that takes the reader beyond the Army's gates, taking a close look at the other woman—the Army itself—and how its traditions, rules and war-time realities deeply impact marriage and home life.

Army Wives

From Crimea to Afghanistan: the Real Lives of the Women Behind the Men in Uniform


Author: Midge Gillies

Publisher: Aurum Press Limited

ISBN: 1781315515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Most families have an army wife somewhere in their past. Over the centuries they have followed their men to the front, helped them keep order in far-flung parts of the empire or waited anxiously at home. Army Wives uses first hand accounts, letters and diaries to tell their story. We meet the wives who made the arduous journey to the Crimean war and witnessed battle at close quarters. We hear the story of life in the Raj and the, often terrifying, experiences of the women who lived through its dying days. We explore the pressures of being a modern army wife — whether living in barracks or trying to maintain a normal home life outside 'the patch'. In the twentieth century two world wars produced new generations of army wives who forged friendships that lasted into peacetime. Army Wives reveals their experience and that of a new breed of independent women who supported their men through the Cold War to the current war on terror. Midge Gillies, author of acclaimed The Barbed-Wire University, looks at how industrial warfare means husbands can survive battle with life-changing injuries that are both mental and physical — and what that means for their family. She describes how army wives communicate with their husbands — via letters and coded messages, to more immediate, but less intimate, texts and Skype. She examines bereavement, from the sé ances, public memorials and deaths in a foreign field of the Great War to the modern media coverage of flag-draped coffins returning home by military plane. Above all, Army Wives examines what it really means to be part of the ‘ army family', in the past and today, and how these women's lives reveal a deeply human experience that is often hidden from those of us on the outside.

Under the Sabers

The Unwritten Code of Army Wives


Author: Tanya Biank

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429901680

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

View: 8549

Under the Sabers is a groundbreaking narrative detailing the complex personal challenges Army wives face, presenting a provocative new look at Army life. Tanya Biank goes beyond the sound bites and photo ops of military life and shows what it is really like to be an Army wife—from hauling furniture off the rental truck by yourself at a new duty station when your husband is in the field, to comforting your son who wants his dad home from Afghanistan for his fifth birthday—she takes readers into the hearts and homes of today's military wives. In the summer of 2002, Army wives were in the headlines after Biank, a military reporter for the Fayetteville Observer, made international news when she broke the story about four Army wives who were brutally murdered by their husbands in the span of six weeks at Fort Bragg, an Army post that is home to the Green Berets, Airborne paratroopers, and Delta Force commandos. By that autumn, Biank, an Army brat herself, realized the still untold story of Army wives lay in the ashes of that tragic and sensationalized summer. She knew the truth—wives were the backbone of the Army. They were strong—not helpless—and deserved more than the sugarcoating that often accompanied their stories in the media. Under the Sabers tells the story of four typical Army wives, who, in a flash, find themselves neck-deep in extraordinary circumstances that ultimately force them to redefine who they are as women and Army wives. In this fascinating and meticulously researched account, Biank takes the reader past the Army's gates, where everyone has a role to play, rules are followed, discipline is expected, perfection praised, and perception often overrides reality. Biank explores what happens when real life collides with Army convention. Biank describes what it means to be a wife and mother in a subculture that is in a constant state of readiness for war. In this hard-hitting and powerful book, Biank takes a close look at the other woman—the Army itself—and its impact on wives, marriages, and home life. This story of strength and perseverance is an eye-opener for those who have never experienced military life and an anthem to those women who each day live the "unwritten code."

Army Wives


Author: Catherine Jones

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405522534

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 8652

Jenny always loved her life as a British Army officer - until she married one. Now, faced with yet another move from one set of married quarters to another, with three unruly children and the paraphernalia of family life in tow, not to mention husband Nigel, who won't do anything to alienate the Establishment, Jenny is fed up with being an army wife. The discovery that Jenny's ex-husband Jamie, is married to Jenny's new neighbour and friend Fiona is another blow, for Nigel bitterly resents this evidence of Jenny's past on his doorstep and their marriage stumbles from bad to worse. In desperation, Jenny strikes out for independence and starts her own small business. At last she can plan for her life as a human being again and not just as a wife and mother. But the Army has other ideas. . . Discover Piatkus Entice: temptation at your fingertips -

Army Wives on the American Frontier

Living by the Bugles


Author: Anne Bruner Eales

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781555661663

Category: History

Page: 210

View: 9023

"No one interested in the history of the American West or in women's history should miss this well-written, carefully researched, comprehensive treatment of a subject that previous scholars have largely ignored. Based on the writings of more than fifty women who accompanied their husbands to remote duty posts in the far west.

Army Wives

Veterans Without Glory


Author: Louise Lawrence Fuller,Edward F. Gudgel

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 0759605998

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 235

View: 3985

An Army Wife's Cookbook

With Household Hints and Home Remedies


Author: Alice Kirk Grierson

Publisher: Western National Parks Association

ISBN: 9780911408270

Category: Cooking

Page: 71

View: 4910

Contains frontier recipes of the period from 1850s to late 1880s with Household Hints & Home Remedies. Old recipes in one color, new tested versions of them in another.

Army Wife

A Story of Love and Family in the Heart of the Army


Author: Vicki Cody

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1631521284

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

View: 7545

From the last days of the Vietnam War to the present-day war on terrorism, this story is a moving and poignant tribute to love, marriage, family, and the men and women who serve this nation. In describing her thirty-three-year journey as an Army wife, Cody gives an in-depth look at what it takes to keep a marriage strong, raise a family—oftentimes as a single parent—create a home, and face separations and loneliness amid the uncertainty and stresses that are so much a part of Army life. Over the years, Cody learns to embrace the uniqueness of her circumstances, and she finds joy, self-fulfillment, and pride in her role. But when both her sons follow in their dad’s footsteps, becoming Army Aviators and flying Apache helicopters in combat zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, Cody faces her greatest challenges as a mother and again, must balance the needs of her family with her husband’s position. Full of humor and honesty, Army Wife brings the reader into Cody’s private life in a very personal way, and in doing so opens the lens for a broader view of world events.

Invisible Women

Junior Enlisted Army Wives


Author: Margaret C. Harrell

Publisher: Rand Corporation

ISBN: 0833032518

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 128

View: 4694

Military manpower policy is often crafted by policymakers without an in-depth understanding of the life experiences and views of junior enlisted personnel. It is plausible to expect that some policymakers attribute the attitudes and experiences of these young soldiers to such features as youth or lack of an advanced education and may thus believethemselves able to empathize with this population group by recalling their own parallel life experiences. However, this approach oversimplifies the life experiences of these families and neglects the reality that most policymakers and professional managers have never experienced the compendium of problems these couples face, such as youth, lack ofeducation, financial difficulties, emotional and physical distance from extended family, and invisibility in a large bureaucracy. At the center of this book are the personal stories of three junior enlisted spouses, told in their own voices and selected to emphasize the dilemmas numerous enlisted families face. The stories provide insight into the experiencesand attitudes of other junior enlisted families. Those interested or involved in the military, or those who live a military lifestyle--at any pay grade--will find these stories both useful and engaging.

Military Wives Whose Husbands are Deployed During Operation Iraqi Freedom


Author: Veneisha Johnson

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 1599426781


Page: N.A

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The focus of this study was to gain an understanding of six military wives experiences while their husbands were deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. There were three themes that were derived from the literature and they were explored with the six wives: communication, reintegration, and self-esteem. The analysis of the research was qualitative, utilizing a phenomenological approach, consisting of structured interviews for the participants whose husbands were deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. To analyze the data Giorgio s (1985) phenomenological approach was used. The structured interviews were used to explore and gain an understanding of how the three themes impacted the wives while their husbands were deployed. The results showed that all three themes impacted the wives while their husbands were deployed. Self-esteem was not necessarily impacted by role reversal, but it was an integral part of the deployment process and how the wives felt about themselves. All of the participants experienced some type of difficulty communicating with their spouse during the time of war. The obscurity continued after the deployment and many had to learn how to initiate a different type of communication skill. The second theme dealing with reintegration proved to also be difficult on all of the wives. They all expressed their happiness with the husband being home safe, but struggled with the role reversal. The wives also struggled with giving up some of their independence. The third theme proved that for many of the wives body image was very important. Also important for them was their jobs and the role that they played as mother. This research is important to the field of psychology, those within the military culture, and those interested in knowing more about the military community. This is vital in helping others understand the plight of the wife during the time when her husband is deployed. It will also assist in providing and reevaluating the way wives are treated and the programs that are offered to support them.