Military Wives


Being married to the military comes with unique challenges, including deployment, frequent moves and stereotyping as a frivolous "Army wife." Cristen and Caroline examine what life is really like for military spouses, LGBT military families and female soldiers with civilian husbands.

Episode sources:

"2012 Demographics: Profile of the Military Community." U.S. Department of Defense. http://www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Reports/2012_Demographics_Report.pdf

"90% of Military Wives Jobless or Underemployed 'Not Acceptable'" by Erin Dooley. March 01, 2014. ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/90-military-wives-jobless-underemployed-acceptable/story?id=22720559&singlePage=true

"Caught Between Military and Civilian Justice, a Battered Wife Waits and Waits for Help" by Jacob Seigel. April 21, 2014. The Daily Beast. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/21/caught-between-military-and-civilian-justice-a-battered-wife-waits-and-waits-for-help.html

"Females in military struggle with high divorce rate" by Associated Press. March 08, 2011. USA Today. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/military/2011-03-08-Female-military-divorce_N.htm

"Initiatives to Combat Sexual Assault in the Military." U.S. Department of Defense. http://www.defense.gov/home/features/department_messages/DoD_Initiatives_to_Combat_Sexual_Assault.pdf

"Lack of Care for Gay Military Families: Government Bureaucracy or Apathy?" by Stephen Peters. Nov. 20, 2012. Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephen-peters/lack-of-care-for-gay-mili_b_2167422.html

"Male Military Spouses Cope With Added Challenges, Experts Says" by Elaine Sanchez. Aug. 03, 2011. U.S. Department of Defense. http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=64912

"Male Military Spouses: Increasingly Common Yet Still Invisible" by Claire Gordon. Sept. 19, 2012. AOL Jobs. http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/09/19/male-military-spouses-fight-for-visibility/

"Military Spouse Employment Survey." Military Officers Association of America. 2014. http://www.moaa.org/milspousesurvey/

"Military wives: My life with defense cuts" by Jennifer Liberto. March 12, 2014. CNN Money. http://money.cnn.com/gallery/pf/2014/03/12/military-wives-budget-cuts/index.html

"Mission Accomplished: Military Spouse Network Gets ABA, White House Attention" by Hollie Schwatz Temple. May 01, 2012. American Bar Association Journal. http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/mission_accomplished_military_spouse_network_gets_aba_white_house_attention/

"Questions and Answers About Military Families." Sloan Work and Family Research Network. Updated February 2009. Boston College. http://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/militaryfamilies.pdf

"Spouses' Clubs: What Are They Good For?" by Jennifer McDonald. Military Spouse. http://www.militaryspouse.com/articles/spouses-clubs-what-are-they-good-for/

"Spouse Employment." National Military Family Association. http://www.militaryfamily.org/get-info/spouse-employment/

"What Military Spouses Know About Infidelity" by Alison Buckholtz. Nov. 14, 2012. Slate. http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/11/the_petraeus_scandal_on_base_what_military_spouses_say_about_infidelity.html

Academic insights:

"Military Spouses: Burdened and Alone" by Tabatha Renz. March 19, 2014. Policy Matters Journal. http://www.policymattersjournal.org/burdened-and-alone.html

"The Impact of Military Lifestyle Demands on Well-Being, Army, and Family Outcomes" by Lolita M. Burrell et al. October 2006. Armed Forces & Society. http://afs.sagepub.com/content/33/1/43.short

Topics in this Podcast: war, female soldiers, best of 2014 workplace, Military