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The Military Marriage Manual
Tactics for Successful Relationships
Series: Military Life
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Authors: Janelle Hill,Cheryl Lawhorne & Don Philpott
ISBN: 9781605907000
Publishers: The Scarecrow Press ( Government Institutes)
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, inc
Price: 21.95
Publication Date: 2010
 

Publisher's Title Information

At a time when divorce and suicide rates are at record levels in the military, The Military Marriage Manual: Tactics for Successful Relationships is an invaluable aid to members of the military and their spouses and families. The book presents advice for couples on a range of issues, both extraordinary and mundane, both those specific to military marriages and those common to all marriages, such as:
 

The Ceremony
 
Relationships with friends and family
 
Household responsibilities
 
Finances
 
Dealing with tension and conflict
 
Raising a family
 
Domestic violence
 
Deployment
 
Long periods apart
 
Injuries
 
Depression
 
relocating
 
And much more
 

The information in the book is presented chronologically, beginning from the day a couple decides to get married. It follows them through the engagement, ceremony, and marriage, and discusses the many issues that arise, offering guidance on how to overcome them and strengthen a couple's marriage, as well as their relationships with those around them. There is no better, more comprehensive resource for those who are dealing with the pressures and problems unique to marriage in the military.

The Authors

Janelle Hill is the President and lead consultant of PBS Marketing/Federal Concierge LLC., a consulting provider supporting a variety of project and program needs to businesses, contractors, and the federal government. She is the co-author of The Wounded Warrior Handbook (Government Institutes, 2008).
 
Cheryl Lawhorne is an original plank holder in the Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Camp Pendleton, California. She now serves as the Deputy Project Manager for the Recovery Care Coordination Program with the Wounded Warrior Regiment in Quantico, Virginia under the guidance of Headquarters Marine Corps and the Office of the Secretary of Defence.
 
Don Philpott has been writing, reporting, and broadcasting on international events, trouble spots, and major news stories for almost 40 years. He is the author or co-author of more than 90 books, including The Wounded Warrior Handbook.

Reviews

"This guide offers advice to military spouses on dealing with communication, anger management, drug use, intimacy, task-sharing, and even breastfeeding. Marrying into the military brings major changes, such as frequent moves, unaccompanied assignments, long hours, and combat deployments, and the authors (Philpott and Hill previously penned The Wounded Warrior Handbook) address numerous concerns, providing straight talk on life with the enlisted. About the honeymoon, for instance, they suggest giving a wedding night gift; 'if orders come through and you're separated for a time, you'll have something wonderful to hold on to.' They also share trade secrets, like the Armed Forces Vacation Club, a program allowing military members to rent luxury condos at greatly discounted rates, and urge newlyweds to 'splurge on one night in a great hotel rather than two in a mediocre one.' Serious concerns are dealt with in the direct manner one expects from the armed services, and lengthy 'Counselling' and 'Wounded Warrior' chapters provide detailed advice for handling partners who may be dealing with drug addiction, physical wounds, PTSD, or suicidal notions. For the intended readership, this will prove to be a valuable guide." Publishers Weekly

Foward

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE EITHER MARRIED OR about to be married to a military service member. As such, you vow before the assembled family and friends to love and cherish your chosen one, in good times and in bad. Congratulations also because at least one of you wears the cloth of our nation and has sworn another oath to support and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Both allegiances are noble. Either oath by itself can prove challenging. To undertake these commitments and do both simultaneously and successfully are accomplishments that call for strategy, respect, and tact.

How were we to know, decades ago, that our military marriage would remain strong? Careful preparation, honest communication, and optimistic attitudes helped us enjoy the exciting twists and rise above the unexpected turns that every couple experiences. Our years together have been filled with the realities typical of military lifecross-country transfers, separations and deployments, tight finances, frequent school changes, new job searches. There have also been rewardsforeign travel, lifelong friendships, first-rate children, career accomplishments, and pride in our military.

Our strategies are not unique and can be learned. We bend so we don't break. We enjoy a loving relationship and laugh together often. We honor each other's talents. We maintain personal traditions with our children. We lean on our larger military family and its support services when help is needed.

The authors have drawn together valuable strategies for your successful military marriage in this accessible book. Within these pages are many issues that will confront and challenge you in the days ahead. All areif you tackle them together. Just as continuous training is essential to military readiness, so is continued attention to your relationship. This book will remind you that you are not alone.

You love and need each other. Our nation and our military love and need both of you and are grateful that you have answered this special call. "God Speed, Fair Winds, and Following Seas" on the wonderful adventure that lies ahead of youyour military marriage.

Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) Jay and Debbie Paxton

Lt Gen J. M. Paxton, USMC, serves as director for operations, J-3, the Joint Staff

Mrs. Debbie Paxton is the mental health advisor, USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment


Historical Dictionary of Naval Intelligence
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Nigel West
ISBN: 978-0-8108-6760-4
Publishers: The Scarecrow Press (The Rowman & Littlefield Group)
Price: 59.95 $95 US
Publication Date: April 2010
 

Publisher's Title Information

Naval intelligence is one of the most vital, and sometimes decisive, forms of intelligence. Over the centuries, and with particular velocity over recent decades, the techniques of detecting and destroying military (and commercial) shipping have improved, leapfrogging the equally frantic race to keep ahead of them and safeguard the huge investments involved. Today the new challenges range from an increasingly aggressive strategy adopted by Pyongyang's submarine fleet and the exclusion of illegal immigrants heading for Australia and southern Europe to the capture of cocaine-laded submarines in the Caribbean and the interdiction of Somali pirates off the Gulf of Aden. Any accurate assessment of the comparative threat these activities pose is just as dependent on good intelligence today as it was to Admiral Lord Nelson in the days of sail.
 
The Historical Dictionary of Naval Intelligence relates the long and fascinating history of naval intelligence through a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the organizations, operations, and events that made Naval intelligence what it is today.

The Author

Nigel West is currently the European Editor of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence and teaches the history of postwar intelligence at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies in Alexandria, VA. He is the author of many books, including the Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence (Scarecrow, 2005), Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence (Scarecrow, 2006), Historical Dictionary of Cold War Counterintelligence (Scarecrow, 2007), and Historical Dictionary of Sexspionage (Scarecrow, 2009). In October 2003 he was awarded the U.S. Association of Former Intelligence Officers' first Lifetime Literature Achievement Award.