Do’s And Don’t Of Living in A Military Community

older-couple-600Military communities are neighborhoods or settlements in areas close to military installations that provide affordable living solutions for military families. There are military communities located in cities all over the United States, and most are centered in areas with high active-duty populations. Living in a military community has many benefits – you get to live with other military families, housing is generally very affordable, and most are located close to several desirable amenities. Here are some of the most important do’s and don’ts of living in a military community.

Do make friends with other military families. 

One of the biggest perks of being in a military community is that you will be close to many other families who have been through similar experiences to you and live a similar lifestyle. Life as a military family can be lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. Try to connect with others – it will make things more enjoyable in the long run.

Don’t gossip. 

Being in the military or being a military spouse can be very stressful. No one in this situation deserves to be the target of gossip, so don’t do it. The military community should be a positive place for everyone. Not only should you not start gossip yourself, but you should also try to avoid getting drawn into the gossip of others if possible.

Do get out and explore occasionally. 

Sometimes, it can be very helpful to get away from the military lifestyle for a bit, especially when going through a stressful time at work. Get your family together and head on a mini weekend trip somewhere within driving distance, or even just head out for a nice dinner or a movie. You will be thankful you did.

Don’t forget to appreciate the little things. 

Being in the military can be very, very hard on both you and the people in your life, and it is very important to remember that there’s more to life than work. Luckily, military communities provide you with a comfortable and safe place to live during your service. When you can, take the time to be grateful for the things you love in your life: the people around you that care about you, the resources you have, and the places you’ve been fortunate enough to visit. It will make your day a little brighter when things get tough.