The old adage about military spouses—Navy wife: toughest job in the Navy—prompts stereotypical mental images of a teary-eyed young woman standing on the pier in her flower-print dress hoping to catch a last glimpse of her husband as he sails toward the horizon. She struggles to maintain her composure as the baby in her arms begins to cry and the three-year-old tugs at her dress. She would soon return home to her life as a homemaker-cum-head of household.
Although this scene is replayed hundreds of times a month in ports throughout the United States, that image has changed considerably over the years. That "Color by DeLuxe" mental movie is less true today, as military spouses are increasingly pursuing their own careers—and nearly 10% of them are men.