Well, Here's One Marriage That's Doomed To Failure
Jessie Knadler, wife of Jake, a Captain in the Army Reserves, and a mother of a young daughter, wrote an article in Babble--My Soldier Is Leaving Me, Again: The Realities of Being an Army Wife--that provoked a firestorm of criticism from military wives.
She writes of Jake's upcoming "deployment" to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, from their home in an unidentified state. The criticism has to do with those quotation marks that I put around deployment.
While Jake has once been deployed to Afghanistan for a year, he'd had three other assignments within the U.S., including this one--an assignment, not a deployment. Says Knadler, whining:
People have asked me why we don’t just go with him. It’s an option — plenty of soldiers bring their families with them while they go through the schooling, but when it gets right down to it, I don’t want to live at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas for an entire year. It just doesn’t sound very fun. It sounds … hot and humid and stark. Leavenworth is home to the military prison (and, I think, a super maximum security prison). I’d much rather stay in my beautiful home on my beautiful property with all my stuff and be close to all my friends.
Fun? What about commitment?
It's interesting to note that Knadler went in and edited the article to use the word "deployment" more accurately. In fact, in the URL (which retains the article's original title), you can see it: "my-soldiers-fourth-deployment."
I can see her side. It's not easy being on the receiving end when your spouse wants to move someplace. But her whiny diatribe about "fun" and "beautiful things" and the ugliness of Kansas makes her out to be a mindless, self-centered bimbo.
I give it 7 years.