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Intro To Army Life: A Handbook For Spouses and Significant Others Entering The Army Lifestyle Kindle Edition

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I sure wish Intro to Army Life had been around a year ago when I entered the Army lifestyle! --Sheila Schumacher, Army One Source

Choosing a career in the military is not just a job, it's a lifestyle; one that your entire family becomes a part of. It is a lifestyle full of challenges and benefits that the average civilian has never heard of or experienced, and would never have anticipated. Allison Mewes' Intro To Army Life is the perfect guidebook to the rules, programs, resources, lingo, social mores, protocols, and even some of the politics of living the military lifestyle. A comprehensive but quick read, the book has tips and information that even I was unaware of, and I grew up in a military family. Written in a very easy to follow, common-sense approach that any civilian can understand, I expect that Intro To Army Life will become the standard issue guidebook for spouses and significant others entering military life for the first time. --Scott Truitt, Founder, The Gratitude Campaign

Throughout the years there have been "Army Wives' Handbooks" written to help military spouses with the challenges, the protocol and etiquette of military life. Allison's book, Intro to Army Life is the "new Army spouse handbook" and will be a handbook for all Army spouses (new and seasoned) to be their "go-to guide". Our spouse club will be including the book as part of our Fort Rucker Ways n Means inventory for our "Army Smart" luncheon, encouraging our Army spouses to be Army smart. --Deborrah Cisneros, Military spouse of 25 years and counting

Throughout the years there have been "Army Wive's Handbooks" written to help military spouses with the challenges, the protocol and etiquette of military life. Allison's book, Intro to Army Life is the "new Army spouse handbook" and will be a handbook for all Army spouses (new and seasoned) to be their "go-to guide". Our spouse club will be including the book as part of our Fort Rucker Ways n Means inventory for our "Army Smart" luncheon, encouraging our Army spouses to be Army smart. --Deborrah Cisneros, Military spouse of 25 years and counting

About the Author

Allison Mewes is the proud wife of an Army soldier. She met her husband on a blind date, and seven and a half months later they were married on base by a chaplain who called her husband by someone else's name during the ceremony. A week after that, her new husband left for Annual Training and then deployed to the Middle East for a year. Allison's experiences as a newlywed entering the Army lifestyle, along with the humorous things that happened along the way, inspired her to help other military spouses and significant others make the transition to Army life. She owns Blue Bamboo Project Services and now lives with her husband and daughter in Idaho.

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Allison Mewes is the proud wife of an Army soldier. Her experiences as a newlywed entering the Army lifestyle, along with the humorous things that happened along the way, inspired her to help other military spouses and significant others make the transition into Army life. She and her husband reside in Boise, Idaho.
Please visit www.IntroToArmyLife.com to learn more.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pages I Turn on February 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am an Army Wife of 32 years, a dependent daughter of an Army Warrant Officer for my whole life. So between the two I have had 50 years of experience with the military lifestyle. My father and husband are now retired; so I was anxious to read this book so that I could see what Mrs. Mewes had to say. I consider myself a seasoned Army wife, and looked at the book with a critical eye.
What I found was a wonderful resource for any company commander's wife to pass out to newly married solders or families that are new to the military lifestyle. When my husband was a company commander 20 years ago in Hawaii, we had so many new wives that were on the island, I wish I had then this resource to help explain what these women should expect,

Intro to Army Life is written gender neutral, for our "be all you can be Army", which is pretty awesome. However, my husband was an Army Ranger Infantry Officer and there were not any women that worked with him. That is why I refer to my desire for resources for the wives, because I never had to deal with male spouses.

This book was full of information that was easily accessible from other places, rank charts, uniform pictures, chain of command, and branches of the service among other things; however, this book is wonderful because it has everything compiled into one place. Mrs. Mewes also gave a list of the top 25 acronyms, I tested myself before I looked at the answers, and even after 12 years retired I still remember what these mean. Overall, this is a book filled with information for military families to use as a resource. I honestly believe that every company commander's wife should have a stack of Intro to Army Life ready to pass out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
When my husband joined the Army, I got all his books and studied them. I looked up things I didn't know on the internet and started reading other military wife blogs and support sites to learn as much as I could. I wish this book, Intro to Army Life, was out then because it covers all the basics of what every spouse needs to learn and learn it quick... and it's all tucked nicely in one little book.

I really liked it how the author keeps things basic and simple. She leaves out a lot of the complicated stuff that just isn't important your first couple years in the military. Not living on base and meeting a lot of military wives in person, I guess I take it for granted that not all spouses are as into it as I am. While I was thinking of this post, I attended an ROTC event. Some of the cadets where talking about their enlisted lives before joining the ROTC. One of the cadets said, "I used to be an E-5" (which is a Sergeant). I didn't notice who it was, but one of the wives said, "What's an E-5?" After I got done chuckling to myself, I thought of Allison Mewes' book and thought maybe I should get a bunch and pass them out!

Intro to Army Life: A handbook for spouses and significant others entering the Army lifestyle, covers everything from ranks, TRICARE, military ID cards, deployment blues, PTSD, uniforms, LES (pay-stub) format, to USO services and the pros and cons of living on and off base. Plus MUCH, MUCH more!

I especially loved the LES section, those blasted pay-stubs are like trying to decode a foreign language with no key. This book includes a little easy to read diagram to help those of us with no clue how to decipher the code!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CB on November 10, 2013
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My boyfriend is in the military, so I got this book looking for information when we first started dating. 95% of what was in this book I already knew just from casual conversations wih my boyfriend. As she says in the conclusion, it's not meant as a comprehensive guide, but I still feel that even as an introduction, it falls pretty short.
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By MilWife on April 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was recently contacted to read and review "Intro to Army Life" by Allison Mewes. Alison is an Army wife who wrote this book as a guide for new military spouses and significant others "to get through the first years". As a more "seasoned" military spouse, I really wish that this book had been available for me as a new wife.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I read the whole thing cover-to-cover in less than two hours. First, each chapter is broken up into small (usually 2 or 3 pages) subcategories. I loved that because it would be perfect if you only have a few minutes here or there. I also loved that it was pretty easy to read. It was not weighed down with a ton of military jargon. It was presented in a way that would not overwhelm a new Army spouse. There was just enough information there to educate you but not too much to bore you.

One of my favorite parts of the book was the additional resources and tips that she often included. I've been a military spouse for almost a decade and I found myself earmarking several pages of resources to investigate. So do not think that just because you've been around the block once or twice you know everything. This book is for any Army spouse/significant other, new or old!

My two favorite sections were the Deployment and Emotions section as well as the Good Stuff section. There were a lot of great resources in both sections that would be beneficial to Army spouses. The 15 Tips for Dealing with a Deployment was especially wonderful. I am a firm believer in Operational Security (OPSEC) so I also really enjoyed that section. I loved the Military Discounts section because who doesn't love a good deal? And I think my absolute favorite part was the Top 10 Things We Wish Nonmilitary Families Knew.
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