About Jacey Eckhart

Jacey Eckhart is the Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Military.com. Since 1996, Eckhart’s take on military families has been featured in her syndicated column, her book The Homefront Club, and her award winning CDs These Boots and I Married a Spartan?? Most recently she has been featured as a military family subject matter expert on NBC Dateline, CBS morning news, CNN, NPR and the New York Times. Eckhart is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom.

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It’s the Length of DEPLOYMENT, Navy

Dear Big Navy, I’m worried about you. Have you really forgotten how the length of deployment affects retention? Have you really forgotten that the primary influence on retention is the husband or … [Read more...]

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Staying Married: Never Use the D Word

Being married is not the goal for the young military spouses we see at our live Spouse X events. Staying married—happily married—is one of their many life goals. And we see them looking for ideas … [Read more...]

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Dear Wife: This is What You Say About Iraq

My Dear Friend, You asked me what you are supposed to say to your soldier when he sees Iraq go to hell on the news and he asks:  Did any of it matter? You think this moment of questioning … [Read more...]

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The Spouse Experience: Ft. Bragg Here We Come!

We asked our readers where we should bring our next Military.com Spouse Experience live event. And you told us—Bring it here! Bring it to where I live! Evidently EVERYONE needs a few great … [Read more...]

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Cute Marine Has Awesome Message For New Moms

New Moms, you know that moment when you catch sight of yourself in a mirror and a mommy suddenly stares back at you? You know that moment when you have had so little sleep you look like Frodo, … [Read more...]

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How Do YOU Parent Without Your Service Member?

It is a shocker. Even if you think you do everything yourself, the minute your service member takes off for boot camp or basic training, goes to the field, gets underway, leaves for TDY, deploys or … [Read more...]

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Poll: What Year of Military Transition Was Hardest For You?

According to the research, there are only two ways to leave the military: voluntarily or involuntarily. If you leave because it is your own idea -- you discover the military is not for you … [Read more...]

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Hidden PTSD Symptoms You May Be Missing

“I really couldn’t tell if it was me or the PTSD,” said Angela* an Army wife. “It didn’t matter. He wasn’t going to live here any more without seeing a therapist.” Angela told me that … [Read more...]

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Why Male Spouses Are Ignored

What’s the biggest stereotype about military spouses? That we are all female. We totally missed it in our list of Military Spouse Stereotypes We Hate Most. Sociologists would have a field day … [Read more...]

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Top 10 Things To START Doing in Your Military Life

We already told you what you should STOP doing in your military life.  That was so easy.  We are all so good at picking apart our current performance (and the current performance of … [Read more...]

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Lynn Carroll: This Is Who You Are Missing

When death comes to the military community, it comes by Facebook. Tuesday morning Amy messaged me, “You knew Lynn Carroll, didn’t you? Anyway, she passed away. Cancer.” Cancer? Somehow Army … [Read more...]

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Why Don’t You Have a Plan B, Soldier?

“Always, always have a Plan B,” a SpouseBuzz reader advised an Army wife whose husband was recently passed over. “We serve at the pleasure of the President, and, as has been said by other … [Read more...]

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Back To School Mommy: 5 Lifehacks for Your Military Family

When Mommy (or Daddy) goes back to school in a military family, all hell can break loose at home.  It is a Law of Nature, people. In order to add big things to family life, something’s gotta … [Read more...]

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Moving in High School? Worst Advice We Give Our Teens

Moving in high school? Then you are probably a military teen. According to the National Military Family Association, military children will say good-bye to more significant people by age 18 than the … [Read more...]

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Military Kid Cooks With Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray

Military kids are known for their adaptability, their good humor and their talent to oorah from birth, but did you know they could cook? Marine kid Helen Wilson, 12, will join the second season of … [Read more...]

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Army Newlywed In Her 40s: Help This Spouse!

When you are an Army newlywed in your 40s, you probably think of that quote from When Harry Met Sally: “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of … [Read more...]

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Top 10 Duty Stations You Gotta See For Yourself

Ask a young military spouse about what he or she is looking forward to about military life and they always, always, ALWAYS mention travel. Ask seasoned military spouses what they have loved best … [Read more...]

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When Death Hits a Family Tradition of Service

Some families serve more than others. Some families give more than others. Few families are asked to pay the ultimate price. If they must, they do. When Major General Harold J. Greene was shot to … [Read more...]