Tips for Building a Successful Military Family

By Sheryl Garrett, Sue Hoppin

Part of A Family’s Guide to the Military For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Military service is a demanding way of life for the entire family. To keep your military family together and happy, try to remember and apply the following pointers:

  • Be flexible!

  • Respect each other’s dreams and goals.

  • Manage expectations.

  • Develop family rituals.

  • Maintain open lines of communication.

  • Take advantage of all opportunities afforded to you by the military.

  • Remember that you are just as important to the mission as your servicemember spouse.