One thing I’m pretty sure we can all agree on is that the military life is a bubble, a strange microsystem of a society — and a weird one at that.

After all, how *normal* is it to be married to a person whose job requires moving every two to three years?

…Who wears a uniform more complex than an undergrad math problem?

…Who gets invited to fancy-schmancy balls and dinners on an annual basis — and that you’re expected to dress up like a celebrity for?

…Where life stops, briefly, twice a day, to the sound of a patriotic anthem (and you sure as hell aren’t in high school any more)?

The list could go on. And think about it: It’s pretty darn weird, when you look at it objectively.

So, yes. It’s no secret that the hashtag-military-life is a strange one, when you look at it objectively. But only recently have I begun to notice all the itty-bitty details that, out of context in the civilian world, would just be plain awkward.

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