I’ve always loved collecting quotes.  So today I’m going to let other people do my writing for me.

Here are my…

Top 10 List of Military Spouse Quotes


10)  If you don’t stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them!

9)  My husband risks his life so you can run your mouth.

8)  If the military wanted you to have a wife, they would have issued you one.

7)  Don’t confuse your rank with my authority.

6)  Prosper where you’re planted.

5)  The military is my husband’s mistress and sometimes that b*tch gets all the attention.

4) Home is where the military sends you.

3) Sexually deprived for your freedom.

2)  Live each day like he deploys tomorrow.

1)  You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.

{The following are obviously more than short quotes, but I couldn’t resist including them in this post.}
The Silent Ranks
I wear no uniforms, no blues or greens.
But, I am in the military, in the ranks rarely seen.
I have no rank upon my shoulders. Salutes I do not give.
But in the military world is where I live.
I am not in the chain of command, orders I do not give or get.
But my husband is the one who does, this I can not forget.
I am not the one who fires a weapon, Who puts his life on the line.
But my job is just as tough, I’m the one who is always left behind.
My husband is a patriot, a brave and pride filled man.
And the call to serve his country not all can understand.
Behind the lines, I see things needed to keep this country free.
My husband makes the sacrifice, but so do my kids and me.
I love the man I married. The military is his life.
So I pledge to support my hero and stand among the silent ranks known as THE MILITARY WIFE.

Recipe for a Military Spouse
1 1/2 cups Patience
1 cup Courage
3/4 cup Tolerance
dash of Adventure
1 pound of Ability
To the above ingredients: Add 2 tablespoons elbow grease and let stand alone for one year. Marinate frequently with salty tears. Pour off excess fat and sprinkle ever so lightly with money then Knead dough until payday. Season with international spices. Bake 20 years or until done. Makes unlimited servings.

What are some of your favorite military-related quotes?



56 Comments on Top 10 List of Military Spouse Quotes

  1. Even though it's not indigenous to military, I like the quote: If I have to put my big girl panties on one more time, the elastic is going to break then you're really going to see my ass!


    "Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It's for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It's for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don't see it nearly enough."

  2. LOVE these! and @UnlikelyWife, I love the quote about distance.

    Here are some of my favorites:

    I wish you were here, but you're not here, you're there. And there doesn't know how lucky it is.

    She who waits serves too…

    I can legally mess with government property 😉

    Next time you look into a soldier's eyes…think of the one by his side, the one left behind, the encouragement in his life. The woman known as the military wife.

    If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever – Winnie the Pooh

    Behind this smile is a girl who is missing her soldier more than you will ever know.

    Live today like he's deploying tomorrow.

    True love is forever, even if it is in military time.

    And of course, The Yellow Ribbon…this part is my favorite:
    Around her hair, she wore a yellow ribbon
    She wore it in the springtime
    In the merry month of May
    and if you ask her why the heck she wore it
    She wore it for her soldier who was far, far away
    Far, far away
    She wore it for her soldier
    Who was far, far away…

  3. I wrote this while my husband and I were separated while I finished college…it had been about a year and a half total, and I still had 5 months to go.

    "A Prayer from Behind the Uniform"

    Dear God,

    As I lie here tonight,

    I am touched by the depth of your grace.

    Feeling these arms around me,

    And hearing the steady breathing beside me

    Awakens me to the precious gift you’ve given me.

    God, thank you for this beating heart,

    Beneath my chin,

    Lulling me to sleep.

    I know that each beat

    Beats with a love for me

    That only you and I can understand.

    God, thank you for these rough, calloused hands,

    Perfectly enveloping my own.

    I know that the marks they bear,

    They have borne for me.

    God, thank you for the friends I’ve met along the way.

    Thank you for them, for they understand my feelings.

    They know that we did not sign up for this.

    No, we were signed up,

    Signed up the day our love swore an oath to protect.

    We wait, we hold our breaths, we cry

    So that others don’t have to.

    We go months without his touch,

    We go months without falling asleep to that heartbeat.

    We go months without feeling the softness of those rough hands.

    Thank you for giving me the strength to wait,

    To understand the amount of time spent together

    Does not define our love.

    Thank you for the uncertainty,

    For it allows me to fully appreciate these moments.

    Thank you for forcing me to do alone,

    What most others have the privilege to do with someone else,

    So that I may become stronger,

    So that I may make my love as proud as he has made me.

    God, give me the grace to see that this is not for everyone,

    And that that makes me no better than anyone else,

    Just different.

    Remind me that my struggle is unique,

    One only to be shared with a select few,

    And that even amongst those few,

    That each struggle is different,

    Each as painfully difficult,

    Yet absolutely as worth it as the next.

    Help me to never take these little moments for granted.

    Thank you for the sacrifice he is making,

    And for giving me the strength to make my own.

    This steady beating heart,

    It beats for you,

    It beats for me,

    It beats for us.

    And for that, I am grateful.


    • I cried too and I'm a police officer and at work! Grrr… All this hits too close to home, my Hubby deploys in two weeks 🙁 -Allie

  4. I have a fairly new military wife. My husband is currently deployed. Our fav quotes are:
    My hero wears combat boots.
    My other ride wears combat boots.
    Only two men have offered to sacrifice their life for you Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.
    A veteran lives here with his Commander In Chief.
    You had me at HOOAH.

  5. My husband is getting ready to deploy. This will be his 3rd deployment in our relationship but my first as a military wife. These quotes I believe have helped me quite a bit. They also make me more proud of my soldier and more honored to be his wife

  6. My husband is in the military and he is currently deployed. He won't be home til January. I am having a really hard time with all of this. This is the first deployment and I am sure there will be many more to come. The quotes help so thank you all.

  7. I also love "Forget Prince Charming I have a SOLDIER", and "Who needs Ken? I have a GI JOE'. I love these quotes! They are great. I love finding little sayings like these. For all you other Military Spouses out there thanks for your sacrifices and all you do to stay strong on the home front. Mine deployed in Aug. will will be home next year Oct. So keep it strong and we can get through it 🙂

  8. The good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared. She said, "Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What's wrong with the standard model?"
    The Lord replied, "Have you seen the spec on this order?" She has to be completely independent, posses the qualities of both father and mother, be a perfect hostess to four or forty with an hour's notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if she is pregnant and has the flu. She must be willing to move to a new location ten times in seventeen years. And oh, yes, she must have six pairs of hands."
    The angel shook her head, "Six pairs of hands? no way."
    The Lord continued, "Don't worry, we will make other military wives to help her. And we will give her an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in her husband's achievements, sustain the pain of separations, beat soundly when it is overworked and tired, and be large enough to say "I understand" when she doesn't, and say "I love you" regardless.
    "Lord," said the angel, touching his arm gently, "Go to bed and get some rest. You can finish tomorrow."
    "I can't stop now," the Lord said, "I am so close to creating something unique. Already this model heals herself when she is sick, can put up six unexpected guests for the weekend, wave goodbye to her husband from a pier, a runway, or a depot, and understand why it's important that he leave."
    The angel circled the model of the military wife, looked at it closely and sighed. "It looks fine, but it's so soft."
    "She might look soft," replied the Lord, "but she has the strength of a lion. You would not believe what she can endure."
    Finally, the angel bent over and ran her fingers across the cheek of the Lord's creation. "There's a leak," She announced. "Something is wrong with the construction. I am not surprised that it has cracked. You are trying to put too much into this model."
    The Lord appeared offended at the angel's lack of confidence. "What you see is not a leak," he said. "It's a tear."
    "A tear? What is it there for?" asked the angel.
    The Lord replied, "It's for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride, and dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear."
    "You are a genius!" exclaimed the angel. The Lord looked puzzled and replied. "I didn't put it there.

  9. Deff looove the Unlikely Wife post about distance. I have found to quotes that I really love:

    "True love can survive any amount of time and distance" and of course… "I make his dog tags jingle"

  10. On my wall:
    A man that is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
    Theodore Roosevelt

  11. I may be a softy but reading some of this chokes me up. We are newly weds and he is about to leave on his first deployment. I'm going to miss that man with everything i have. but at least I know i'm not the only one.

    • I have been in tears several times reading through this site. I'm a future Army wife (getting married in October before he deploys in November), so many of these quotes/poems are really hitting home for me too.

  12. these are all amazing !! my favorite is the good lord making a model for military wives ! i absolutely love it !! <3 also one of my is "together forever and very apart ; maybe in distance but never in heart"

  13. Hi, i am the girlfriend of a army soldier, he is only in basic training right now but he is still a soldier. These quotes Really do help me know im not the only person there who feels empty inside while their away. But i found this quote that helps me everyday.


    iwillwaitforever wrote

    on 08:45PM at Sep 16th, 2008

    I found this one and it says it all.

    I am a military girlfriend. I hold no formal recognition with the powers that be I am at the bottom of the chain. I hold no Military ID card; I am not a dependent or a parent. The man I love may face unspeakable dangers and I am at the mercy of those who possess this recognition for news. I understand this and accept this.

    I have promised to be here for him upon his return no matter how long he is away. They may say I am insane for making such a commitment, but I hold onto our promises and have faith that he will come home safe. I know well that my love for him fuels him in the worst of times.

    There is no ring on my finger to symbolize our commitment, though I love him no less for it. I hope every day that he will be able to call because a simple 30-second phone call can bring the greatest spectrum of emotions smiling with tears in my eyes from so much joy and pain. My relationship is based on a brief communication where I love you and I’m okay speaks more than volumes and gives me the strength to keep going.

    I take mo moment spent together for granted. I hold onto every touch, caress, kiss, and every word. I have memorized the feel of his skin, his smell, the sound of his voice and I play it over and over in my mind so that I will not forget. I cry myself to sleep some nights because missing him hurts so badly, but wake up the next morning, brush myself off and start a new day.

    • @taylor
      I really liked that, my boyfriend leaves tomorrow morning for basic and won't come home for 6 months and your post definatly made me smile. (:

    • My Fiance just left yesterday. But what helps is having friends to fet you throught it and

  14. My fave quote/saying is… I am a military wife. I get to legally mess with the governments property.

  15. I am going to be a military wife starting in September. We have a ceremony planned for next spring/summer when he gets home from his deployment. The reason we are having the actual marriage in September is because we want to be able to spend as much time together as possible and my morals are against living with someone before your married. So, being as he is in a diff. state from me(I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say what state–he's in the Special Forces) we are going to get married in September!

    This coming deployment will be his 4th and it will be the 2nd that I've been with him during. Special Forces guys deploy much more than the other soliders. BUT their deployments are shorter so, I feel lucky. I'm so sorry for all of you who have husbands who are gone for over a year when I dont have to deal with any more than 6-7months. Anyways, thank you so much for this page! Its nice to read the funny quotes. 🙂

  16. My husband comes home in 53 days for a 3 week leave! I can't wait! My husband was in the Marine Corps from 04-08… and now he deploys privately now… and it will be 3 years at the end of March 2013 since he's gone privately to Iraq/A-stan… in 3 years we've seen each other not even 6 months total… people ask me how do I do it? i say how can I not? My husband means the world to me… we spend more time apart than together… if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be this strong! I know that one day… one day, it will all be worth it 🙂 SEMPER FI! <3 stay strong to all the military/contractor's spouses!!!!!

  17. My husband just left for his deployment yesterday. We have been married for only seven months and this was my first deployment as a military wife. It was the hardest day of my life and these quotes and poems and everything that has been posted on this blog has made me so proud of my husband and it is making this separation easier. Thank you everyone.

  18. I've only been.with my boyfriend 3 months, but he left yesterday for the first deployment since we've been together. I leave for college next week, so we were going to go long distance anyway, but 100 miles is very different to 2,500. I've never felt more incomplete as I do right now. I don't know if he'll be gone 30 days, or 190, but I pray he will be back with me soon. part of me wanted more warning than the 2 days we had, but I doubt it would have made him leaving any easier.

  19. I wrote this poem myself & it is on my fb page

    American Soldier 12/30/11

    He speaks of death with all his words thinking that he can’t conquer the mission of War

    Negative thoughts stuck in his mind thinking he has so little time than before

    He is out in the field waiting for the battle and knowing that there is a chance of no survival

    Fire Fire, here comes the attack, fighting for his life and there’s no turning back

    Then a sound of a fallen comrade stings his ears with a heart breaking sound

    That brings him to tears; the thoughts in his head are now turned around

    In the back on his mind he visions his wife and child, he will return home

    Thinking that he can conquer and will defeat the enemy straight to the ground

    He will never quit, he will always stand, and will kill the other man

    He is a warrior and a member of a team, he will not turn them down

    In the field of battle, blood on his boots, dodging the rounds that the enemy shoots

    Months go by and day by day thinking the same damn way but a different day

    The pain and suffering finally ends and today is the day we all can mend

    Sent back home to his family with a sign of relief, the War is over. The mission is complete.

    Now with a different look on life and optimism he is stronger than ever

    He thought to himself and says loud and proud, “I am an American Soldier".

  20. I love the yellow ribbon one when my husband was in basic he sent me a letter with that written in it and said it reminded him of me because yellow is my favorite color. Now he sings it to our son and he loves it always quiets him down. Lol. 🙂

  21. Thank you for these posts. I've only been with HIM for a couple months and he's leaving in just a few weeks…and I cannot be there with him because I live in Europe! It is hard, I can't sleep, I can't eat, I check my email thousand times a day … but I believe we can make it, I want to make it because he is worth it! And blogs like this one make me keep on going, I am so glad to know I am not alone. I just wish I could be as strong as you all are …

  22. I've been a military dependent all my live – first as a daughter then as a wife. My hubby retired just over a year ago after 24 years of service, 11 deployments, and 6 PCS moves. I will always remember what it was like when he deployed.

    My personal favorite saying/quote will always be "Who are you calling dependent?"

  23. I love these quotes! Even scrolling down through the comments I found a bunch I love. I wish I knew who wrote some of those so I can quote them. I was a military daughter and now I am a proud military wife. I make military couple and deployment jewelry and I would LOVE to incorporate some of these quotes but I do not know who to give the credit to!

  24. I love love love these quotes!
    I was an army daughter and now I am an army wife! I just recently started making military couple and deployment jewelry and I would love to incorporate some of these quotes but I am not sure who to give the credit to!

  25. i am also a military wife (Philippine Army) im so touched with that lovely qoutes. i also love this qoute regarding soldier boots "They look ordinary, they lace up just the same, but it's not the boots that matters, it's my soldier in the boots that means the world to me."

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