OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will give viewers unprecedented access into the complex challenges, personal sacrifices and extraordinary lives of military families through the eyes of seven Army Wives living in Alaska whose husbands deployed to Afghanistan in the new docu-series “Married to the Army: Alaska” premiering Sunday, November 18 from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot on Mondays from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT beginning on November 19.
All I can think of from the preview is that his is a very sanitized image of military life. It is almost like they are trying to recreate the Army Wives format.This is a bad idea then and it is a bad idea now. Because there is a LOT of drama that happens in family life and some of it would make the Army look bad. What you ask. Well as a sample I can use the time that our street section was blocked off because a unidentified resident had a meth lab in the basement of their on post housing. Or how about when one your wife’s friends comes over with their marriage drama and brings in my then immediate Squad Leader’s NCO and NCOIC of our section to deal with the issues in question. Or how about hearing all the fights that the neighbors have with each other through paper thin walls. Or even better how a married couple tried avoid the deployment by having the wife pretend to leave the Husband with a child in Alaska. When he was taken off the roster she came back a few days later with the story that the had made up between each other. Because this is the stuff that Big Army wants to bring out in the open? No? So I have to wonder what happens when the camera crews run into these situations? Do they look the other way for something more trivial like the wife who is grossed out by having to clean up moose nuggets in the yard?
Again who thought this was a good idea again? Really?
Update: For some reason people are buying into this as a real view into Army Life as a wife.
Here is a somewhat better review of the show.