The Homefront Club: The Hardheaded Woman's Guide to Raising a Military Family

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As anyone with a spouse in uniform knows, the military offers families neither geographical stability nor guarantees of life under one roof. Those conditions make it tough to keep a marriage together, raise good kids, and maintain some semblance of normalcy, but help is on the way. Jacey Eckhart's new guide navigates readers through military life on the homefront. Aiming her advice at the wife--male spouses, she says, need their own book--she covers issues from the first day in the "fortress" to the last day the...
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Overview


As anyone with a spouse in uniform knows, the military offers families neither geographical stability nor guarantees of life under one roof. Those conditions make it tough to keep a marriage together, raise good kids, and maintain some semblance of normalcy, but help is on the way. Jacey Eckhart's new guide navigates readers through military life on the homefront. Aiming her advice at the wife--male spouses, she says, need their own book--she covers issues from the first day in the "fortress" to the last day the husband is piped ashore with humor and encouragement. An Air Force brat herself, Eckhart swore she would never enter the military, but married the first Navy man she dated and over the past seventeen years has raised three children, moved thirteen times, and tackled five deployments. She argues that being able to manage military life is not a secret some wives know and others don't, but rather a set of skills to be acquired.

Eckhart presents the realities and then offers some solutions for the married-but-single parent, starting out on the bottom rung of the career ladder with each move, and worrying if military life is hurting the kids. She helps newlyweds and long-marrieds alike better understand the people who are drawn to military service and find ways to fit into the military community without losing a sense of self. Her guide offers helpful ideas about managing the demands of a teenager during a move, finding playmates for toddlers in new neighborhoods, and even telling mothers-in-law why they shouldn't be at the homecoming. She also lists methods of finding full and part-time work. From pre-deployment work-ups through Christmas blues and post-deployment problems, Eckhart and her guide are at the homefront ready to help.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591142287
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author


Jacey Eckhart is a nationally syndicated military columnist and speaker and a Navy spouse. She regularly speaks to groups about the problems of deployment and military marriage and has been a guest on the "Today Show."
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Table of Contents

1 Ten true things about a man in uniform 10
2 Your place in his career 25
3 A life of your own 46
4 Separation 68
5 Mobile homemaking 103
6 Military brats 128
7 Family 156
8 Friends 170
9 Hard times 189
10 Joy 211
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2006

    So true! So funny!

    As a long time military wife I found myself wondering how Jacey was able to get into my head and read my thoughts. She was able to put into words what I have lived for over 14 years. I laughed outloud and made coutless phone calls to my other military wife friends just to read parts of her book. It's a must read for the new military bride or the old military wife.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2006

    Keeps you laughing through the tears

    Jacey made mw laugh and cry as I read this. I felt like she had looked into my own life and wrote about it. The best thing about the book is it made me realize I was not wrong for my feelings, but I needed to understand them better. This book has really made me appreciate where my husband is coming from. I also made my husband read key points so that he could understand where I was coming from as well and it really opened up some lines of communication!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2005

    shortcuts to many 'ah ha' moments in a military spouse's life

    My husband is in the USMC and we have been married for 11 years and have 2 children. Military life is something difficult to explain to a new spouse or even your own family after many years. Ms Eckhart gives the reader much more than the usual 'how to', but what to expect AFTER you have done the 'how to' stuff. Her insight is more from a friend's point of view...the great friend you'd meet who would tell you if you had something in your teeth at a party. She is funny, honest and gathered wisdom that is without a doubt from years and years of 'ah ha' moments of military spouses. I most enjoyed Ms Eckhart's personal experiences with her family and Navy life. We are a Marine family, but believe me there is not much difference! There were several times that I had to reread sections to my husband because I literally had laughed out loud. I highly reccommend Homefront Club! This would make a great gift for any spouse in our military family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    A MUST read

    I have been a 'fan' of you and your column from the beginning. There are several I've cut from the paper. Last year as chairman of the J/O Spouse workshop you were kind enough to assist me in locating some of those columns to use. When I read in the Pilot last week about your book. I immediately called Barnes and Noble and had a copy sent out. I completed it the other evening and it was wonderful! I mentioned to a friend that I want to get a case(!) of books, and every time I meet someone about to marry into this lifestyle I can say 'welcome, here's a gift.'

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