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I Want to Tell You About the Army

Updated on March 14, 2013

What Can A Stay at Home Mom Tell You About the Army

The one thing everyone says about the Army is that you will never be the same once you have served. You will always carry in your heart those that served beside you. You will always hold your head a little higher.

The pride of serving your country is imbedded in your heart and soul forever.

The National Anthem will always stop you in your tracks and Taps will always send a shiver down your spine. The sight of a wounded Soldier returning from war will always bring tears to your eyes.

What they fail to tell you is that you will never forget, but some will never know who you were.

I want to tell you about my time in the Army.

I was a Soldier once.

(Photos by Gina Birdsong)

What Will You Remember Most About the Army

I do not bare any wounds of combat. I am one of the few Soldiers that served during war time but never saw combat.

I no longer have a military ID card in my pocket or access to a military installation.

I left my life as a Soldier after ten years of service to be a stay at home mom.

Too Easy Drill Sergeant

0800 Civilian Time I Don't Have To Think About the Army

I'm Not So Sure This is Easier Than the Army

I woke up refreshed this morning. I spent a few hours working online. I dressed my three young children and hustled them out the door.

My neighbor shouts from her car window, "I don't know how you do it".

I want to tell her about 20 hour days that started with physical fitness training at 4'oclock in the morning and ended with curfew checks of Soldiers in weapons immersion training.

Instead I simply say, "I was a Soldier once".

Stay at Home Mom, Proud American, Veteran

M16 A2 Style Airsoft Spring Powered Rifle
M16 A2 Style Airsoft Spring Powered Rifle

I Did Learn a Thing or Two in the Army

I join several strangers in a hospital elevator. We are all visiting friends that have just had babies. They are discussing Obama's recent gun control proposal. I casually join the conversation.

They exchange looks of annoyance and disbelief.How could this young woman with children at her feet possibly know anything about military style weapons?

I wanted to tell them that I can disassemble an M16 Rifle with my eyes closed and that I am an expert marksman with a 9 millimeter pistol.

Instead I simply say, "I was a Soldier once".

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What Do I Tell New Soldiers About Being in The Army

I stop at the grocery store on my way home from the hospital. I meet a young man in the checkout lane. He is in a military uniform. I notice that his hair is a little too long and his ribbons are not placed correctly on his uniform. He smiles and tells me his branch of service.

I want to tell him I was a Drill Sergeant and an Instructor at the Department of Defense Fire Academy. Instead I shake his hand, thank him for his service and tell him, "I was a Soldier once".

Combat Boots & Dog Tag

It is late in the evening. I am getting my children ready for bed. My daughters ask about the photo in the dusty shadow box on the wall. I want to tell them it is me in the back of a Huey helicopter.

I want to tell them I was on a Med-Evac mission in the woods of Alabama. I was on my way to save someone's life. Instead I tell them "It's momma, I was a Soldier once".

What Can I Tell You About My Army Life

I will never again command respect by the stripes that are on my shoulders. I will never again fly through the midnight sky to save a person's life or train a Soldier to save another. I will never again live out of a duffel bag or leave my husband for months at a time. My daughters will never see me lace up a pair of combat boots and my son will never see me render a hand salute.


I will never again live the life of a Soldier but I will never forget, I was a Soldier once.

I Want to Tell You About the Army

I want to tell you about the Army.

I want to tell you about the people, the places, the adventures, the heroes and the losses.

I want to tell you about the Army but I'm afraid my simple words will never be able to convey the struggles, passion and pride in the day to day life of a Soldier. I don't know how I could possible explain the emotions of a young man sent off to war or a family left behind.

I want to tell you about the Army but only these words seem to escape my heart and mind, "I was a Soldier once".

My house is silent. My children are sleeping. I lie in my bed and close my eyes. I can almost hear the sounds of helicopters flying overhead.

I'm instantly transported to a different place in time. I can see the faces of all the Soldiers I have known over the years. I see the Sergeant that pinned my first set of chevrons and the Soldier that lost his life in a car accident. I see the platoon I proudly marched across the parade field my first week as a Drill Sergeant. I want to tell them how I taught my twin daughters the chicken dance today and how the baby is almost walking. I want to tell them how much I miss them but that I know I made the right decision. I want to tell them I'm happy but instead, I simply say, I was a Soldier once and I'm a stay at home mommy now.

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What Do You Love About the Army

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    • Camp April profile image

      Camp April 

      5 years ago

      What I love about the Army is the pride it has instilled in my family. We are an Army family and are proud of our country in ways that others may not be. Thank you for honoring us with your service and dedication. Hooah

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      5 years ago from Oz

      You're an amazing woman and mother, such an inspiring lens. Thank you so much for sharing. You dedicated your life to your country and now to your beautiful children & family. God bless your family. *Blessed*

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      5 years ago

      Your lens brought tears to my eyes. God bless you and thank you for your service. I grew up in a Navy family and I have a heart for our brave military men and women - all branches. *Angel blessed *

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      5 years ago

      very well said!

      thank-you for your service to our nation. God Bless!!

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      Liz Mackay 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautifully written page. Blessed.

    • jolou profile image


      5 years ago

      Had to come back again for a much deserved blessing.

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      5 years ago

      Really interesting lens. Don't know much about the army, but you obviously enjoyed your service!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much for sharing about life in the army. We don't appreciate enough what they do.

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      5 years ago

      Aw, sweetheart, thank you for sharing your story about the Army. - God Bless! :)

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      5 years ago

      I will love it so much when they all come home. You did a brilliant job of conveying your message on this lens.

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      5 years ago

      Great lens, great service to your country. You certainly have my thanks and my respect. God bless you and your family.

    • MillBucks profile image


      5 years ago

      What a wonderful way of sharing your armed forces experience, I admire your dedication and service to our beautiful country, thanks are definitely in order.

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      5 years ago

      Woww amazing article about your life in the army. I admire everyone who has served for their country. :)

    • SmokeybonesJr profile image


      5 years ago

      Beautiful Lens and fantastic words. I know how you feel :-) I am a 32 year retired Navy Warrant Officer. Thank You for your service Drill Sergeant! God Bless...

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      Shelly Sellers 

      5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      WOW! You are amazing and thank you for your service! I am so glad you shared your Military photos with us.

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      5 years ago

      From a former Chanute Fire School and Louis F. Garland Fire Academy Instructor, I salute you and thank you for your dedicated service to our country.

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      kabbalah lm 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for your service. I do appreciate the risks you take for our country

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      5 years ago

      Great story. How different your life is now.

    • jolou profile image


      5 years ago

      What a wonderful story! People like you are very inspiring.

    • JBradshaw profile image


      5 years ago

      Excellent Lens! I really enjoyed it. Thank you for your service. ++Blessed++

    • Projectlazy profile image


      5 years ago

      Your a great writer, I really enjoyed your story.

    • Scraps2treasures profile image


      5 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your story. Thank you so much for serving our country! Blessed.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      5 years ago

      You are such a wonderful role model. Thank you for serving our country.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      This is a beautiful lens, you brought tears to my eyes. You are great, yes you were a soldier once. All the best for your future as a mom. Blessed.

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      5 years ago

      A beautiful lens.

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      5 years ago

      Oh wow, Gina!

      This lens is totally inspiring and I'm so proud to have you as my friend here.

      Absolutely love the way you wrote about your army experience, on point and interesting.

      You devoted your life for your country once and now for your family. :)

      Keep doin ye thing soldier :)


      God bless ya.

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      5 years ago

      First of all thank you for your service. I have allot of respect for military women. If I would not have had a vision issue I probably would have joined the military. My husband spent 13 years in the Navy so I am very familiar with the military life. I think its so cool that women now will have the chance to serve in combat positions. << Lens Blessed


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