I got a full three weeks of “normal hours” now it’s back to feeling like I’m doing it on my own. This is what it’s like to be the wife of a drill sergeant.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the military and how it works a drill sergeant is what they call a special assignment lasting 2 1/2 years for a Soldier of certain qualifications. I’m not going to bore you with all the technical stuff just know that drill sergeants are the men and woman who train new Soldiers in the military during a time called basic training. As I’d like to call them glorified babysitters to sorta grown men and woman. I say sorta because a lot of them come straight out of high school.
Now that you know pretty much what my husband does for the time being let me tell you how much it sucks for me! 🙂 I’ve definitely been through a lot as an Army wife in the almost 11 years married. We’ve been through three deployments to the Middle East, in which one of them I gave birth to our baby girl Emily while he was gone. As well as, too many to count, month long training trips. So we’ve spent a good chunk of our marriage apart. But like I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I’m not getting any younger and I’m over traveling around and being apart, it’s tough especially as our family grows.
I support my husband, this isn’t just a job to him it’s his calling, it’s a career he enjoys and is proud of, so I’m happy to continue to be by his side while he serves. I still get the right to complain though. :p
While he is a drill sergeant he’s at work ALL the time. They get “breaks” of about two weeks between sixteen weeks of training a group of Soldiers. I use quotes because he still goes to work during these breaks it’s just he come home at dinner and gets the weekends. When they are training he’s at work from 4am to 11pm 7 days a week with no holidays (unless it’s around Christmas, at least we get that day).
Like I said it’s tough, during this time our kids don’t see him at all because they are asleep when he’s home. I get about a good hour ,maybe, if he and I aren’t too tired to just go straight to bed. Even though he’s “home” and not training or deployed somewhere far away it can still get lonely. It’s not a job that I can just pop in and say hi to him during the day because he busy training the whole time.
I plan my days with out him in them. The girls and I go back to plain easy dinners because I’m not about to take the time to make a nice meal and be the only one that eats it while fussing at my kids to just try a bite. Routine keeps my sanity for sure, having the girls in bed by 7:30 gives me that time to relax before the the long day starts all over again.