Being supportive of your spouse’s work is crucial in any marriage, but even more so when your loved one is serving in the military. Sudden deployment, training separations, and relocations mean that working a traditional 9-5 job is virtually impossible.

That’s where a remote job becomes crucial. Working from home allows a military spouse the ability to continue working despite living in Iraq one month and Idaho the next. Here are a few reasons why having a flexible schedule truly works for military spouses.

It allows you to maintain your identity. While your spouse is off doing daily battle (literally), you’re home with the kids trying to keep everything safe and sound on the homefront. So being able to work gives you the opportunity to connect with yourself on another level, flexing your workplace muscles and skills, and connecting you to a career that you’re passionate about.

It gives you consistency. Military families know that no two days in the armed forces are the same. Having a job can help you feel grounded and connected to something beyond your spouse and his or her work. A routine can bring you and your family comfort by being able to (somewhat) predict the future.

It allows you to travel. One of the perks of being married to a person in the military is that you get to travel the world. But traveling the world and having an in-office job do not mix. When you work remotely, you are able to continue working in a position that you love—whether that’s from a café in Paris or even from a military base in Sri Lanka.

It allows you to go home. Sure, being a military spouse means that you might jet set to far-flung places. But it also means that you’re bound to get homesick, too. When you work from home, you can work wherever home is at the moment, whether it’s on a naval base or from your hometown when you go to visit family.

It allows you to contribute financially. Being happy at home as well as being happy at work is essential for creating a healthy work life balance. When you are able to pull your weight for your family financially, it can make you feel proud, productive and happier—both at home as well as from your home office.

By its very nature, being a military spouse requires constant flexibility. Finding a remote job that complements (and doesn’t compete) with your already-hectic schedule can make all the difference in both your work life—and your personal life.

Readers, are you a military spouse? How has wanting a flexible work schedule factored into your career? Let us know in the comments below!

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