Understanding MIL Language

Tri•Care: Standard Vs. Prime

Standard – You are able to pick your doctors with a Co-Payment

Prime – On post, But excludes Dental

Getting Referrals (TriCare West): https://www.tricare.mil/FindDoctor/Appointments/Referrals

Army & National Gaurd Ranking:


Pay: https://www.military-ranks.org/army-pay

US Navy:



US Marines:



Air Force:



Coast Guard:



Military Discount:



Understanding your base & it’s rules:

know to walk on the left side while he’s in uniform

Marines Base: No flip flops at MXC, No tank tops at MXC, NO PDA while service member is in uniform or in Civinal clothes while on duty. Holding Hands: Military personnel are not allowed to hold hands while in uniform. Males may escort women or help the elderly, but affectionate hand holding is a no-no. Some spouses have mentioned locking elbows with your spouse is an acceptable practice, so check with your specific command to determine your installation’s rules.

▪ Smoking: There is a lot of variation when it comes to the regulations of smoking. Some installations don’t allow it at all in uniform, others may allow it while standing, and in some instances it’s permissible at all times. Be sure to learn the protocol of your area. Fun Fact: Our current post Avation is allowed a 5 minutes smoke break, and if denied it’s considered a health issue(Who would have known)

▪ Gum: It may be considered unprofessional for your spouse to chew gum in uniform.

▪ Sharing Uniform: Your spouse may get in trouble if photos of you or others are seen wearing their uniform. It may also be considered disrespectful for spouses to wear PTs.

▪ Umbrellas: There is still debate over the umbrella rule across the different branches. Often, uniformed members are not allowed to carry an umbrella. In some cases, females are allowed to carry one as long as it is solid black.

▪ Eating/Drinking: Service members are not supposed to eat or drink anything while they are walking. While driving, it may be acceptable depending on where you’re stationed.

▪ Cellphones: One wife posted to a discussion on MilSpouse about her surprise when her husband said he couldn’t call her on the phone because he couldn’t stand still. Then she learned he was simply following a “no walk and talk” cellphone rule. Our current base, rule is: Business related only!

▪ Left Side: When you are walking somewhere with your spouse, be sure to walk on their left side. Otherwise you may get in the way when they need to salute.

Spouses Rank:

Now this has many people laughing or taken serious! It is service members rank not spouses. As a spouse, We both life the lifestyle is someways but we did not go to boot camp, go to A school and sure did not take the test for that rank. So there for WE do NOT get saluted at gate, we do NOT wear our spouses rank and we STAND BY THEM no matter their rank!

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