For military girlfriends and wives, basic training often marks the first time we have to separate from our significant other. The lack of permitted technology and communications makes this time apart incredibly difficult. You’ll experience a great deal of waiting, wondering, listening for your phone and checking your mailbox. The good news is that there is a silver lining — at the end of this separation will be an unforgettable reunion.


Here are 12 truths about your life while he’s away for basic training:

You’ll be sad.

You’ll indulge.

You’ll feel a renewed sense of strength and optimism.

You’ll enjoy quality time with friends.

You’ll wonder when you’ll hear from him.

You’ll have your phone on you, yet somehow miss his call.

You’ll write so many letters your hands will get tired.

You’ll stalk the mailbox every day in hopes of something special.

You’ll get to know yourself as an individual and pursue personal goals.

You’ll finally get to see him again!

You’ll spot him at graduation and he’ll be fit, in uniform and more handsome than you remembered.

You’ll finally get him alone and realize that it was worth the wait. (Gif Credit SoVeryPrettyInPink)


Jackie Toops Head ShotA self-described “Jackie of All Trades,” Army wife Jackie Toops is a mother of two and enjoys writing, travel, art, languages, slow cooking and peaceful parenting. She studied Interdisciplinary Humanities, Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management, and has overseen public relations for museums, galleries and universities. She is a contributing author for Wall Street International Magazine and has discussed her articles on-air with AFN Wiesbaden. She’s usually seen adventuring with her Canon, a coffee and two small children. Follow her on Twitter.




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A self-described “Jackie of All Trades,” former Army wife Jackie Toops enjoys exploring the various facets of her personality by chronicling military life, world travels, family, her love of the arts and more. Her academic background is in the fields of Interdisciplinary Humanities, Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management, and she has overseen public relations for museums, galleries and universities. Jackie’s articles have been featured on Army Wife 101, Wall Street International Magazine, SoFluential, HomeAway, Military Biz Connection and FamiliesGo. While stationed in Germany, she regularly discussed her articles on-air with the Armed Forces Network in Wiesbaden. A mother of two, Jackie enjoys coffee, freelance writing, languages and discovering new ways to express herself. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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