Have you heard about this reality t.v. show coming to San Diego? It is. And it scares me.
I’ll admit when I first heard about it, I was a bit excited. I read the promo information that was being sent out, and it really painted a nice picture. They wanted to give the civilian world an inside look at what our lives as military wives looks like. So, if you have seen my blogs tagline you would see why this interested me. To finally give an honest look at what we go through. I even joked about being on the show. For that, I am slightly ashamed. But I really did hope that this would shine some positive light on the military life and what families go though. I think I would have been incredibly naive if I would have let myself believe that.
This show is going to ruin all that us military wives, who are completely dedicated to the cause of supporting our spouses who have chosen to be apart of the greater good, have worked hard for. The stereotypes that are constantly around us. The rumors. I remember hearing them all when I was first married to my Marine. I never wanted to be titled with any of those labels. Now? Many of us are worried that all that vigilance we’ve put into our lives as military wives is about to go down the drain. I understand the majority of my civilian readers are probably not going to understand the magnitude of this, but I know the dedicated military wives will.
I hope not, though. I hope, not just for me but for all of us, that our worry is in vain. Only time will tell. In the meantime, though, it has been put out throughout the commands that this show is NOT approved by the Navy or the Marine Corps. What does that mean? Commands, BN’s, Units are giving strong advisory to STAY AWAY from this show. Can they directly control if a wife decides to be on it? No, but the hard truth of the matter is that it can directly affect their spouses career.
Wives: If your husband plans on being a career serviceman, don’t jeopardize that. Also? Know that any wife who does go on this show, against the approval of the Navy and Marine Corps they are directly ‘biting the hand that feeds them’.
Below is an email that a girlfriend of mine, who is the wife of a Naval Officer, received. I think it sums it all up nicely.