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

Allison Mewes
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Everything you need to know as a military spouse or significant other.

When entering Army life, no one hands you a guidebook. Until now, you’ve either learned the hard way or found your own resources. Intro to Army Life has the tools and necessary resources to create a less stressful transition. There is now no need to learn by trial and error when vital information is right here, ready to help. Being married to a military man brings its own set of challenges, and army wives and husbands have a lot to learn, but Allison Mewes is here to help.

Allison’s engaging personal narrative and stories are infused into this practical handbook that also includes: Things to learn, understand and accept, Army hierarchy and social structure, military particulars, tips for dealing with deployment and the resulting emotions, military ID perks, the affects of rank, top Army acronyms and other strange words, understanding military time, USO services, benefits and pay, PTSD signs and symptoms, resources for military children, and advice on how to find military discounts. You’ll also find amusing facts, such as where the term ‘military brat’ originated.


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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

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

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 a 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 owns Blue Bamboo Project Services and lives with her husband in Boise, Idaho.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1271 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Aloha Publishing; 2 edition (February 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007AN865Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for ANY ONE Connected to a Soldier 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much I didn't already know November 10, 2013
By CB
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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I enjoyed reading Intro to Army Life very much. I found it an enjoyable, easy to read, and informative. So, informative, that I wish I would have been able to read it three and a half years ago when I met my military husband. I’m sure it would have saved him from having to answer thousands of my questions. I did not grow up with an understanding or connection to the military. This is a second marriage for both of us and we are in our fifties. Our children are raised, with only one still on Tri-Care insurance, and there’s a lot to learn as a new military spouse! I found the book to contain valuable information, much of that information; I had to learn on my own thus far. The section on Military Training and Structure was so helpful to me that I’m keeping the book handy to study and use as a reference. Thank you Allison for the time and effort you put into writing this handbook. I think it’s wonderful!
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4.0 out of 5 stars army January 24, 2014
By Haley
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Very informative if your a new Army spouse! But if your not new to the army I would not get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing September 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book is seriously the first thing a soon to be military spouse should read. I was going to be an army wife when I bought it, I was 19 and had no idea what to expect, this book gives you the information you'll need to prepare to be an army wife. It also teaches you not to worry when things aren't going how you want, nothing ever does in this life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
useful book for new significant others not accustomed to military life and culture.
Published 2 months ago by Henry Hannible
3.0 out of 5 stars General
Has some helpful things inside, but it didn't answer the questions I currently have. Good for just general information, but if you're wanting specifics, find other sources.
Published 5 months ago by Llyzaard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful!
I like this book because it focuses on the hard facts, not just someone's personal story. it gives me practically ALL the resources I need in one place. THANK YOU!!
Published on October 10, 2012 by Netsoke
2.0 out of 5 stars my thoughts
short and sweet, just enough to whet your appetite
just touched the fringe of what you may have to deal with while around the military
Published on June 13, 2012 by Mastercard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for those entering Army life
"Intro to Army Life" is an incredible resource for anyone who wants to understand what our military families face when entering the Army. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Kim Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Not only for military spouse
Although I don't have a spouse in the army, I do have a nephew and a close friend's son in active duty. Read more
Published on May 7, 2012 by SSK Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Intro to Army Life Review
"Intro to Army Life" is a handbook for spouses and significant others. I have read my fair share of military wives handbooks, but this one is by far my favorite. Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by Jenna N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Resource
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... Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by MilWife
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I was contacted about a month ago to review a new handbook for new Army spouses entitled "Intro to Army Life". Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by Lauren W
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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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