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If you've never attended a military ball, you're probably worrying over what to wear, how to act, what traditions to follow and what to expect. But even if you've lost count of how many balls you've attended, a quick military ball etiquette refresher is always a good thing. So what is expected of military spouses or dates at the ball? And have you been doing it wrong all along?

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Military ball dress code

Since spouses will be greeting people with handshakes, hands should be well groomed. Women are not expected to get their hair professionally done, but many sport fancy curls or elegant hairdos. Before you head to the receiving line, be sure to leave all food, drink, extra garments and umbrellas in the check area.

In a military ball, service members wear dress blue or class A uniforms while guests complement them with formal attire.

The night kicks off around 5 or 6 with a cocktail hour where service members and guests can mingle. Younger veterans and service members are fueling the growth of VA purchase loans nationwide.

The interest rates quoted here are subject to change at any time and cannot be guaranteed until locked in by your Loan Officer. Current advertised rates: 2. A VA Loan is a mortgage option issued by private lenders and partially backed, or guaranteed, by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Several courses will be served for which you may want to brush up on your table setting etiquette. It may begin with formal dances such as waltzes or foxtrots, but depending on the band or DJ that runs the show, more contemporary music can be played. Updated on October 6, Published on October 17, Mortgage rates update at least daily. Do you have any advice or things spouses should know before they go? What was your experience?

Women are permitted to bring their purses with them. Male guests typically wear dark suits with a bow tie or a tuxedo. A military ball is a great excuse to dress up and feel like a princess.

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All rate availability will depend upon an individual's credit score and details of the loan transaction. Receiving Line Before you head to the receiving line, be sure to leave all food, drink, extra garments and umbrellas in the check area. These loan rates also assume a loan amount in excess of the current conforming loan limits. Alaska, California and Hawaii loans have special considerations for what qualifies as jumbo and may be priced separately.

Have you attended a military ball? Women wear knee- to floor-length gowns, but also have the option of cocktail dresses, as long as detailing is minimal. There may also be a photographer for formal pictures. In addition to knowing what fork to use, be sure to ask for items to be passed rather than reach across anyone. Topic Network Military Spouse.

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You simply introduce or are introduced by your last name. At least once a year each military branch hosts a formal military ball in which spouses can attend. If a woman chooses to wear gloves, proper glove protocol includes removing the right glove and holding it in the left hand while meeting other guests.

Each branch runs their event differently, so some of the following advice varies, but here are a few general things spouses may want to know about military balls:. Use common courtesy as to not apply makeup or fix your hair at the table. You can let loose on the dance floor, but be sure to leave the club moves at home.

When the presentation ends, the dance floor and bar will open up. When walking as a couple, women walk in front of the men in a single-file line, even if the woman is the service member.

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Patterns and bright colors should be avoided. Military Ball Dress Code In a military ball, service members wear dress blue or class A uniforms while guests complement them with formal attire.

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The loan rates and APR calculations also assume certain facts according to the type of loan described. Each branch runs their event differently, so some of the following advice varies, but here are a few general things spouses may want to know about military balls: Women are not expected to get their hair professionally done, but many sport fancy curls or elegant hairdos.

Not all loan types are available in every state.

These Refinance loan rates assume that the property will be owner-occupied. Jumbo Loan Assumptions: Current advertised rates: 2. By Amanda Bruns. After Dinner When the presentation ends, the dance floor and bar will open up.

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All rates assume a single-family primary residence not including manufactured homes, credit score, with applicable charges and fees including the VA Funding Fee included, days of eligible active regular non-reserves military service with no service-related disabilities or use of a VA Loan. There will be presentations to honor service members as well as tributes to the colors, so be sure to ask your spouse about proper protocol. Cocktail Hour The night kicks off around 5 or 6 with a cocktail hour where service members and guests can mingle.

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