The Silent Ranks 
I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens  
But I am in the Military in the ranks rarely seen. 
I have no rank upon my shoulders - salutes I do not give 
But the military world is the place where I live 
I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get 
But my spouse is the one who does, this I cannot forget 
I'm not the one who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line 
But my job is just as tough. I 'm the one that's left behind. 
My spouse is a patriot, a brave and prideful soldier 
And the call to serve his/her country not all can understand 
Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free 
My spouse makes the sacrifice, but so do our kids and me 
I love the person I married, Soldiering is his/her life 
But I stand among the silent ranks known as the Military Spouse. 
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