I remember the day Josh earned his anchors like it was yesterday. I was incredibly proud of all that he had accomplished, excited for the future that was opening up for him, and totally nervous that I would drop the anchor before I could pin it to the collar of his brand new khaki uniform. Little did I know just how much our lives would change with this one promotion. If you find yourself nodding along with this post, You Might Be a Chief’s Spouse If …
Your sailor is a Chief all year long, but “The Season” transforms him into The Chief times ten!
For six weeks he’s all about the PT, the Charge Book, the “tasking,” and the fundraising. Navy Chief! Navy Pride!
The Season is like a Navy holiday.
So you NEVER try to take leave from August 1st to September 16th.
Your decorating style can best be described as … Anchors.
And maybe wine. Yes, anchors and wine is just your style.
You look forward to the Gas & Glass all year long.
You probably complain about gas prices all year long (just like the rest of the world), but during The Season you’ll throw out a $10 or $20 tip at a Gas & Glass fundraiser without a second thought.
Your sailor is on his phone, answers questions or giving direction, more than your teenage daughter.
Middle of the night, dinnertime, or any-other-inconvenient-time calls become the rule, not the exception.
Ummm … Khaki Ball!
It’s the one ball you actually enjoy attending! It’s a little less formal … a lot more fun! Too bad most of my Khaki Ball memories are just a bit wine-blurry …
This sign TOTALLY speaks to you …
It’s all about the tag sale.
You keep a separate stash of tag sale items in the garage just for the Chief Selects. It’s hard raising all that money, and you want to help when you can!
It’s the worst time of year to need orders.
Raise your hand if you’ve had to wait for orders for both CPO Redistro AND the new fiscal year (still waiting … not bitter … not at all) …
It’s kind of the MOST wonderful time of the year.
For six weeks of every year, PT starts earlier, training days last longer, phone calls and texts double (or triple), and your sailor can’t think of much of anything else besides “the Season” … and you love him or her all the more for it!!!