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Handbook 10-02
October 2009

Dual Military

What are some good tips for dual military couples in an IET environment?

The balance between marriage and military can be stressful. Both service members may be in difficult IET assignments. You know what each other are going through so develop a schedule that will balance your lives. The couple's command environments are also factors in how stressful or managed your time will be. There must be organization when both parents are in the military, especially when children are involved.

Helpful Tips

  • Communication is very important

  • Always have an approved Family Care Plan ready

  • Make financial plans for all extra child-related expenses

  • Make a dinner menu for the week, that will alleviate time deciding what to serve or prepare (thawing meat, etc.)

  • Iron and lay out clothes for the week, this preparation will save some time in the weekday mornings

  • Give children chores and responsibilities to lighten the load

  • Make time for each other as a couple
    • Go out on dates
    • Put kids to bed a little early
    • Create and appreciate quality time


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