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Archetype profiles of military spouses in Australia – Identifying perfect partners and mean girls

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posted on 06.06.2022, 04:29 authored by Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson, Kathryn AmesKathryn Ames, Celeste LawsonCeleste Lawson
Military spouses are situated at the junction of the military and civilian worlds. They provide necessary support to military strategic and operational objectives and are also expected to perform a traditional spousal role of the ‘good’ military wife. This article demonstrates the existence of strong military partner archetypes which guide military community norms and expectations of spousal behaviour. In 14 qualitative interviews and five focus groups with Australian military partners, participants revealed many different, yet firm, sentiments related to identity, including fierce independence; a sense of belonging; self-reliance; a desire to help others; belief in fairness and pragmatism. The archetypes outlined in this article shape how partners see their role, and how they interact with other non-military partners and the military organization. This research delivers insights into optimizing military partner services to better support spouses through deployment, relocation and other military experiences.

History

Start Page

1

End Page

21

Number of Pages

21

eISSN

1556-0848

ISSN

0095-327X

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Armed Forces and Society

Article Number

ARTN 0095327X211029318