Military Wives To Automatically Get The Same Rank As Their Husbands
The Ministry of Morale is pleased to announce that as from an as yet unknown date, military wives will now automatically have the same rank as their husbands.
This decision follows a long-term consultation during which military wives were asked about what they find most annoying about their husbands being in the military.
While their husbands being away for extended periods of time was cited as being a widespread annoyance, the fact that they (military wives) do not automatically get the same rank as their spouses came in as being the most annoying thing.
One military wife, married to a commissioned officer, told us:
“It’s not fair that my husband is an officer and yet I do not get saluted by the oiks when I am with him.
“I should be treated the same as my husband. I want to be addressed as ‘Ma’am’ because I am a part of the military family too.
“We should also be allowed to wear some sort of ID/uniform so that all of the junior rates know that my husband is an officer”.
Another wife, married to a WO(1), told us:
“Even though I have only been with my husband for 12 months – he has served for 25 years – I only feel that it is right that the junior rates refer to me as ‘ma’am’ and that they bow their heads when they see me”.
The new rule will apply to anyone with any sort of rank, whether NCO or commissioned.
If a military wife splits up with her spouse, then her rank will be halved so if, for example, the wife of a Warrant Officer divorces her husband, then she will still have the rank of sergeant (or Petty Officer for Navy-types).
The wives of aviators will also be allowed to wear a set of ‘wings’ thus signifying that her husband is a pilot.
Of course, the above also applies to the husbands of military women and those in same-sex relationships.
Talking about the decision, our Chief Morale Officer said:
“It’s only right that military wives automatically get the same rank as their husbands.
“As well as being issued with uniforms, military wives will also be issued with ID cards which they can present at the main gate so that the men and women who are on guard/stag duty can salute the military wife.
“This will prevent the awkward conversations which often occur where a military wife will ask a junior rating if he/she knows that she is, in fact, married to someone who has some rank.
“During family day events, junior ratings must salute the family members of all senior rates/commissioned officers.”