Top 10 Reasons Military Spouses Benefit From Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are wonderful things that most people probably don’t use to their full advantage. With a group, you can control who is in the group and even if the group can be found via search. This makes it perfect for chatting or sharing things that you don’t want everyone to see.
1. To Keep In Touch With Friends and Family
Use groups to keep a conversation with your close friends or family. You can freely share things you many not feel comfortably sharing on just your Facebook page and it’s great for planning events or large get together. It’s also easier to keep up with everything than having to visit everyone’s pages
2. Easier Communication With Your Spouse During Deployments
We all know that communication can be limited during deployment. There are pictures and stories you want to share with your spouse, but don’t want everyone else to see, so share them in a group. You can limit it to just the two of you as members, then when he/she gets a chance to check in, they can see everything at once.
3. Network At A New Duty Station
The hardest thing to do at a new duty station is make friends and network. Find a Facebook group for your base. Ask questions about the area, learn about classes for fitness or other things that interest you, and even find babysitters.
4. Keep Up With Your Spouse’s Unit
A lot of units and FRG’s have Facebook groups or pages. This can easily allow you to see what is going on with the unit and any upcoming events that may be of interest to you. These groups are especially helpful if the unit is gone for training or deployed.
5. Garage Sale Pages
Right? Facebook garage sale pages are great! You can easily buy and sell items and even find people for house cleaning or babysitters. Since it’s a group, the admins should only allow people in your area to be included.
6. Entertainment Purposes
Groups can be started for anything, including news, current events, or your favorite TV show. If your spouse hates watching OITNB, talk about the episodes in a group with other fans.
7. Foster And Receive Support From Other Military Spouses
Have questions about benefits, PCSing, or military life in general, there’s a group for that. If there isn’t you can start one! Everything from MyCAA for spouses to wounded warrior wives.
8. Helping To Reach New Goals
Looking to grow your business or go back to school? Find a supportive group of like-minded people to answer any questions and help keep you motivated.
9. To Promote Your Home Business
A lot of military spouses have home based businesses selling Scentsy, Jamberry, or Younique. Instead of constantly putting information about it on your Facebook feed, put it in a group where those who are interested can see it all.
10. To Share Personal Accomplishments
Did you get promoted through your at home business? Share it in the group! Did your spouse get promoted? Share it with friends in family in a group! Not everyone wants to put everything out there, especially with OPSEC, so ensure you know who is able to see what you post in a group.
Martinsburg College has been working with the military community since 2004. They understand the needs of service members and their families and have framed their schools policies to ensure that they take into consideration the unique challenges faced by this student group. They have created two groups for military spouses which touch on a lot of these topics: Military Spouses in the Field of Career Development and Military Spouses Getting It Done.