Video: A Man in a Woman’s World

When it comes to being a military spouse, it’s a woman’s world. Not that there aren’t also male spouses — but just like being a woman in old boy’s club workplace, being married to a female service member can be very challenging. Support programs tend to be geared towards women, if only because they are the bulk of the users. In 2009 males made up only 6.9 percent of all spouses across the services.

John Avelis is a Navy spouse and stay at home dad stationed in Japan whose deployed wife is an O-4. We talked to John recently about what it’s like to be a man surrounded by women — and where he goes for support when the rest of the spouses are getting their nails done.

About Amy Bushatz

Amy is the editor in chief of Military.com’s spouse and family blog SpouseBuzz.com. A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for Military.com where she is the managing editor of spouse and family content. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on CNN.com, NPR, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC and BBC as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.