Top 10 Deployment Homecoming Ceremony Pet Peeves & Tips!

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Last week I asked the spouses on the AW101 Facebook fan page what are some of their pet peeves in regards to homecoming etiquette (if there is such a thing) and some of the answers were so funny,true and helpful  that I just had to  compile a “Top 10 ” list of some of the comments for fun and as a reminder.

Frankly  I don’t mind to much what others do at homecoming, because I am usually so excited that I can just about ignore anything at that moment.

In no particular order here are the “Top Ten” pet peeves straight from real military spouse’s mouth:

1. “Do NOT show up in a flasher outfit (ie. naked under a trench coat)…no lingerie either! LOL!”

2. “Do not show up in bedroom thigh highs!!!! Classy not trashy”.

3. “When you have to ride a bus out to the hanger to meet your soldier, and there is limited room in the hanger, esp during winter, that some people bring their whole family instead of just immediate family……I am talking mom, dad, wife kids, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers. The last deployment I went to the hanger and one soldier had almost 25 people from his family there. I am glad they could be there to support him, but couldn’t they greet him later when he gets released. My children and I and a bunch of other wives and kids had to stand in the corner and not sit in the bleachers for 2 hours. Then during the ceremony we were right behind all the soldiers and couldn’t see our soldier. By the time I found my hubby we had about 1 minute and they called them back into formation. It was ridiculous. I had never had an issue like that before and that was deployment number 3.”

4. “I personally will be showing a little leg and a little cleavage just enough to show what he missed but not be hey look at that skank:) can’t wait!!”

5. ” I love homecoming ceremonies. You can always tell the first timers!! I hate feeling like I’m in the middle of an 80’s music video… stilettos, short dresses and big hair! Don’t be that wife/girlfriend!! Signs are my biggest pet peeve. I know the kids love to make them but leave them at home. Aside from being in the way of other people, they get lost and trampled on. Once they’re released, signs just get in the way. There’s enough to keep track of with the kids and camera.”

6. “Pet peeves: When the commander takes a LONG time to release the troops from their formation. Spouses that push kids out of the way to get to their soldier. People who feel their photos are more important that you so they get right in front of you with their camera. Parents who feel that since many times the wait drags on and on that they are stressed and so they no longer need to watch their children or discipline their unruly behavior (FYI, we have gone through 2 deployments and as a journalist and photographer I have been at nearly a dozen homecomings). TIPS — Be ready with snacks, water, toys, ect for your kids or yourself since sometimes it takes much longer than expected for the soldiers to come than expected. Be conscious of those standing around you, I found that standing with the families of my husbands battle buddies makes it easier because him and his buddies usually stay together so it is easier to find us. Stay still and let them find you, otherwise many times you are like ships passing in the night. If you can, tell them before hand what you will be wearing so they will know what to look for, or discuss a place you could meet up with them. Bring a special snack or treat for your soldier for the ride home, a favorite drink of candy. After a long flight they are usually hungry and tired and this helps.”

7. Homecoming is a family thing. I have zero desire to explain to my 8 yr old and 10 yr old why someones boobs are popping out. If you want to look trashy for your man, it can wait another hour when kids aren’t around.

8. Practice walking in high heels if you don’t normally wear them. Be mindful that if you’re not used to wearing them, you can really hurt yourself.

9. Please no signs like “Sgt B let’s go Boom Boom in my Room Room!” or something equally inappropriate. Everyone knows you are going to boom boom with your love, but plastering it on a poster only makes you look sexually immature. That’s something special between the two of you, and you should treat it that way instead of a joke on a poster for everyone to share in.

10. Bring stuff for your children to do while you are waiting for the hundreth hour for them to show up… Just because I brought matchbox cars for my boy doesn’t mean your children should be allowed to steal them and play with them too, while now I have to deal with grumpy whiny children… And on that note I didn’t bring enough capri suns or crackers for your kids either! Come prepared people!!!

*BONUS*

Please keep your children in control. Nothing is more irritating than children running around screaming and not paying attention to where they are going. Also if you have more than yourself with you please conserve space. There’s no need for your asses to take up more space than needed. I hated going into the welcome home ceremony and having to ask a lady if she could move over all of her stuff so I would have some where to sit. and finally.. Don’t shove, push and trample other people to get to your husband. we are all just as excited and have the same urges but be an adult about it. If you NEED to get to him before anyone else gets to their soldier then sit in the front row.

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  1. I guess Air Force deployments are a little different. It’s usually just us dropping off/picking up Hubs from the airport.

    But, oh my… if I ever showed up with a poster that said “Sgt. L Let’s go boom boom in my room room…” All I can sayy is, Oh my. The tears are just a-streamin’ down my face, imagining the shock & horror of all involved!

  2. I haven’t experienced a homecoming yet, six more months and I will :)

    I don’t own anything trashy and I’m always over-prepared when it comes to my kids, so I think I’m set! lol

  3. My husband and some of his battle buddies have already had a conversation on whose wives in the Co will show up looking like hookers lol
    The funny thing is they can be in the field for a week or a month and it is still like a Friday night Jail cell :O when the boys roll back into Post
    I am all about class….like my husband says a lady in the street and a freak in the sheets…

  4. Bring extra batteries (and film, if needed) for your camera!!! On my husband’s first long-ish trip, he was the first man off the plane but I couldn’t get a photo of it because my batteries died like 5 seconds before he arrived, ARGH!! I was *so* busy trying to make sure I had stuff to keep my son occupied and not dressing trashy and making sure to spell boom-boom right (kidding LOL) that I forget the most critical thing!! :-0

  5. Cassandra Chaffman

    My first homecoming experience there was a girl in heals, and a short coat and her sign said, “if you think Afghanistan was hot…. Just wait till we get home.”
    My husband said her BOYFRIEND was so embarrassed when he saw her sign in formation that he didn’t want to “claim her”.

  6. We’ve been on recruiting duty for 3+ yrs now but the 2 deployments I’ve been through (I say that meaning hubby was deployed) I seen this happen during the first homecoming and then I was one of these people on the second homecoming – mothers with strollers. At the first HC, mothers with strollers with babies not even a year old in them, were getting dirty looks, gasps, sighs, and just rudeness. Same thing when I had our first son. I had a stroller for our 6 month old and the only other people with me were my parents. Had it not been for my Mom, I would have been run over and pushed out of the way. We know you want to get your soldier too, but there’s no need to pretend you’re a bulldozer and run over a mom or anybody with a stroller.. Same thing with wheelchairs or anything like that. Be courteous. We’ll all get there in time.

  7. Next year will be my 4th homecoming and the first associated with an Infantry brigade. I am anxious to see how it plays out.

    The last one I went to was delayed 7 hours, raining, and the unit my husband was in was a straggler unit. The homecoming was combined with another unit’s. It was different.

    Top tips:
    Keep your children entertained, keep your modesty in check, and enjoy the moment. Let’s hope you never have to enjoy another one like it again.

  8. Crystal Read

    Yep, I’m an Air Force spouse as well, they don’t make a big deal about it here. Of course, for the most part they don’t go as an entire group, it’s usually much smaller bunches. If I’m lucky I can drive up to Germany and pick him directly up from his redeployment briefing. If not, I have to wait for the rotator to arrive, but either way, there is no ceremony…

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  10. Sarah

    Does the Airforce have more frequent but shorter deployments? Maybe that’s why? In other news, the signs are a cute thing for the kids to do but maybe not necessary for us adults to lug around. Kind of immature no? I think looking good is appreciated by our soldiers and for some ladies scantily clad is the version of looking good btwn them and their man. Well atleast I hope it’s mutual and they don’t embarrass their soldier lol. Personally I prefer a fitted tshirt or cute tank with a sweet saying and I save the lingerie for home :) Do you guys think it is over the top to hire a photographer for the homecoming in the case of a returning spouse meeting his first baby for the first time?

  11. Maria

    I am planning on a photographer (if she is available) or a very close friend with a great camera for our homecoming. Really want to enjoy the moment and capture it on film, too. With 2 small children, who will be busting at the seams to see their hero, it is one less thing for me to bother with. When did class become “old or outdated”? Why is it asking too much for someone to show up dressed appropriately? I never have understood people who act as though it is infringing on their rights to act and dress as though they have some “home training”.

  12. unique

    I have a question, my boyfriend is a marine and is on deployment until october, I’m not about the trashy look, but I want to look sexy. I was thinking about a chevron dress and some cute wedges. Help :)

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