I'm proud of my husband ... but damn, do I really need to put his rank sticker on my car? Last time I checked, I wasn't the one in service. As such ... his rank doesn't belong on my vehicle. I do however, have a yellow ribbon decal on my back window. That kind of support is a little more appropriate.
The point of this blog is certainly not to bash how people choose to be proud. I just don't understand why being proud has to sound an awful lot like a popularity contest. From "my daddy wears combat boots" to "If you're not dating/engaged/married to a [insert DoD branch servicemember], raise your standards."
Maybe it's not glamorous to work in retail or HR or business management ... but people are proud of their jobs. Just because your man doesn't go to war or leave the family for months on end does NOT mean there is a lack of standard.