Now, isn't that a misnomer? To those of us that are Army or Army Spouses or military at all, we all know that no news, bad news, changing news, it's all news & none of it is accurate for more than a minute. Are we, as spouses ever up to date? No. Because as soon as information is given to your soldier, by the time they relay that message to you, the information has changed, yet again. It is definitely something to get used to.
As most of you know, my DH will soon be deploying. This is our first deployment, although he has spent about 3 1/2 years in So. Korea on unaccompanied tours. Things that are different: Since this is a deployment, we will get R & R. That is time within the year where my soldier gets to come home for about 10 days. Yay! On an unaccompanied tour, if your soldier wants to come home, he has to ask for leave, get it approved, pay for the flight to & from out of his own pocket, etc.
Since this is my first deployment, and my husbands, we are both learning a lot. Rumors fly, different rumors, daily.
Family & friends haven't been as bad as I thought they would be about asking questions that we can't answer or don't have the answer to. Seems like with our unaccompanied tour I had more friends & family asking questions, calling, etc. I am not sure why that is. Probably just my own experience.
I have caught myself hermitting up in the house with my DH, maybe trying to shut out the world until he leaves, so I haven't been as good about getting news out to everyone. And of course, with a deployment, there is news you can't share. And, as I stated before, the every changing news.
The best advise I got for Army was when I was a total "army virgin" and knew nothing. It was this: "Don't count on anything in the Army, until it is past tense." It is so true.