Sick of Being Called "Just A Girlfriend"
Okay, venting time. I'm getting sick of my role as an Army girlfriend being constantly belittled because I'm not legally-tied to my Soldier. I understand the government's policies, i.e. married Soldiers getting paid WAY more money than single ones, etc. and all that, but it really irks me when wives think they're better than girlfriends because they have a ring on their finger. Most of the wives I've met in my boyfriend's unit have known their Soldier less than two years at most, had children unexpectedly, and their husbands enlisted in the Army purely as a means for financial support. I, on the other hand, have been best friends with my Soldier for six years before we started dating... I put in my time. I'm not trying to stomp on anyone's relationship, I'm just frustrated that some of these women turn their noses up to us girlfriends who have just as strong, fulfilling, and loving relationships as do their marriages. And some of the support groups I've come across specifically ban "girlfriends"... really? Because last time I checked, my Soldier and yours are going through the exact same thing, just like you and me are. Seriously, some of these wives needs to realize that at some point, they were girlfriends as well. Just saying.