1. As an Army wife, your social security number is no longer valid as far as the Army is concerned. If they ask you for your social or your last four, they are asking you for HIS not yours.
2. Get your military ID as soon as possible. You can go to the closest military base (it does not have to be the same branch as your soldier) to have it made. Your soldier will send you the necessary paperwork to have this done.
3. Be sure to get a Power of Attorney so you can handle your husband’s affairs whenever he is gone. You’ll be surprised how often it comes in handy.
4. Know about all of your bills – how much, when they’re due, who they’re payable to, etc.
5. Know about all of your checking and savings accounts. Know how to balance a checkbook, where the extra checkbooks are kept, etc. Be sure your name is on all accounts.
6. Be sure you always let your key caller in your FRG know where you are when you will be out of town. At the very least, they will need a phone number so you can be contacted if needed. Units vary on who is allowed as the contact person with the FRG. Some allow any Army family member and some only allow Army wives.
7. In all likelihood, you will have to register yourself with Tricare each time you move to a new base.
8. If you are renting, be sure you have a military clause in your lease!
9. Put money away each paycheck for the little things that will come up related to his job – sewing on patches, dry cleaning, buying patches and equipment.
10. Do not talk about your husband’s deployments or training exercises publicly. You never know who may overhear you. For your own safety, you should try to prevent others from knowing when he is gone. This means driving both vehicles, etc.
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