6 Military Life Quirks That Would Be Super Weird in the Civilian World

Military Life Quirks

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.

1. You feel totally comfortable asking someone where they live.

After my husband and I moved on base, I found myself taken back by participating in a perfectly ordinary behavior that, quite frankly, would seem downright stalker-ish ANYWHERE ELSE in the world.

I began asking people where they live. 

It started with a customer at work whose loyalty card told me she lived one street over. “We’re neighbors!” I exclaimed, then immediately regretted outing myself as an ultra-creeper.

To my surprise, she was thrilled, and we’re great friends now.

From there, it’s happened again — in different settings, of course — and each time I’m objectively bewildered by how utterly ordinary it is to “come out” as a weirdo, only to then be met with a perfectly pleasant answer.

Now, obviously in the “real” world, this would be a HUGE red flag.

Here, on base? Not so much.