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Tips to Thrive in the Marine Corps

Welcome to a new family! If you are looking at this page, you may be overwhelmed with everything that comes with being married to a Marine. Here are some tips to help get you moving in the right direction. We’ve discovered several hints and tips along the way through our journey as Marine Corps Spouses. If you’re looking for some great pieces of advice or some help along the way, first off, take LINKS. Secondly, check some of this information out. We hope it will help you thrive in the military world.

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Do you ever feel like you don’t know what your friends are talking about, or even your spouse? Here’s a great decoder with a ‘find’ button.

Pay Charts

Check for the latest pay charts including basic pay (the regular paycheck) and basic allowance for subsistence.


I take a new LINKS class every time I get to a new duty station. While this website is chock full of useful information, your local LINKS class will get you familiar with so much more. Not only will you learn a great deal of information, you will meet many other ladies that are new to the Marine Corps. L.I.N.K.S. provides information to all Marines and family members on the resources available and methods for meeting the challenges of the military lifestyle. Sessions are available for Marines, spouses, children, teens, and parents/extended family members of Marines. Live, online, and printed versions are available.

Get Involved

Ever hear that saying, “You get what you put into it?” This is so true of the Marine Corps Family. If you want to meet spouses and make friends, you need to get involved.

Officer Spouses Club & Enlisted Wives Club

At every Marine Corps base there are always officer spouses clubs and enlisted clubs. I HIGHLY recommend joining a club and trying it out. Each and every club is going to be a different experience depending what base you are on. It can be a little overwhelming joining a new club and trying it out. Most of the time people know other people and trying to break into a group can be a little overwhelming. But keep showing up and try to join the small clubs within the club. There’s usually smaller clubs like Bunko, Cooking, Play Group, etc. and those are the places where you can really get to know people better.

Homeowners Assistance Program

Assists eligible homeowners who face financial loss when selling their primary residence homes in areas where real estate values have declined because of a base closure or realignment announcement.


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