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Bust-a-Myth: Letting Go of Stereotypes

Last week when we spoke with Mrs. Casey, she said something that caught my attention. We were talking about careers and Mrs. Casey said we need to "break out of some of the stereotypes that people think still exist." Indeed, many stereotypes have been lingering for ages. Stereotypes, in the military spouse world, are often outdated and can serve to undermine morale and relationships. The military is probably the most diverse institution around, so a lot of stereotypes are laughable, at best. Destructive, at worst.

There are negative and sometimes-funny stereotypes within the military, and without. Tell us what military stereotypes drive you crazy, and why. And be nice, we’re not looking for this thread to devolve into a gripe-fest that pits people against each other.

As for me, here’s one I hate, especially since I just completed a PCS move:

At least the military pays to move you, so you don’t have to do any of the work….

Yup. I love moving. I can just sit on the sofa (until they cart it away) eating bon bons. The magic military fairy cleans the house and passes the move-out inspection for me, and then I just get in my car and drive to the next duty station, where I ask the movers to unload the sofa first so I can get back to the bon bons. In fact, it’s so much fun, and soooo not labor-intensive that I’d like to move several times a year…

About Andi

Andi is married to an active-duty soldier and is the founder and former editor of SpouseBUZZ.

She is the founder of the Annual MilBlog Conference. The MilBlog Conference is the premiere event of the year for military bloggers. President George W. Bush, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, GEN David Petraeus, LTG Mike Oates, LTG William Caldwell, RADM Mark Fox, MG Kevin Bergner, MG David Hogg and The Honorable Pete Geren have addressed previous conferences.

While living in Washington, DC, Andi was the Ambassador to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Sew Much Comfort, a non-profit organization which makes and delivers, free of charge, special adaptive clothing for wounded service members. Andi has worked with several non-profits to help our wounded heroes and their families. She finds that work to be the most rewarding and meaningful of all.

Andi strives to find humor in the good, bad and ugly of life and is a firm believer that laughter has the ability to cure most ills.