Army Wives tells the story of four women and one man who are brought together by their common bond – they all have military spouses. The series is based on the book Under the Sabers: The Unwritten Code of Army Wives by Tanya Biank. Army Wives is produced by ABC Television Studio and The Mark… More Gordon Company. Pamela Moran used to be a member of the Boston police department. She is now a homemaker allowing her husband to be the breadwinner of the family. She is, as we learn, earning some money as a surrogate mother. Denise Sherwood tries to maintain the image of perfect military wife and mother, even if it means hiding the occasional bruise. Claudia Joy Holden is the one the others look to for leadership and guidance. She is fully supportive of her husband's career and hoping a secret from her past doesn't come to light. Roxy LeBlanc is newlywed to PFC Trevor LeBlanc after only knowing him four days. She is new to military life and uncertain if she will be able to fit in. Roland Burton is a psychiatrist who is the "army wife" of Joan Burton. Joan has been serving in Afghanistan for two years and now they need to reconnect as a family.
Roxy is trying to get used to her new life as an army wife. She learns that the community's first impression of her isn't the one she planned.
After Jeremy attacks his mother, she decides to learn defensive training with the help of Roxy. Meanwhile, Pamela has no other choice but to take care of the twins she just gave birth to since their biological parents are out of town. Joan's erratic behavior causes concern for those around her.
Trevor wants to adopt Roxy's sons but her ex refuses to sign the papers. Pamela decides to reveal the truth about the babies' birth and Denise has had enough with Jeremy's violent outbursts.
Denise is put under stress but this time not from Jeremy's abusive behavior. Her husband's chopper and has been downed and she waits for news about him. A soldier takes Roland and Claudia hostage.
Marilyn, who constantly seems to be in Pamela's business, seems to have a secret of her own which Roxy learns about. Claudia Joy holds a 4th of July picnic at her home but the celebration is marred by the bad news Pamela receives. Joan considers retiring rather than face a court martial and Roland goes to Col. Holden on her behalf.
Amanda Holden has returned to the post and seems to be renewing and furthering a friendship with Jeremy. Roxy's mother comes for an unannounced visit. Trevor is injured and his deployment is delayed.
It's Roxy's birthday and her mother wants to plan a party for her. She asks Pamela for help with the party. Michael and Claudia Joy talk to Amanda about Jeremy and his behavior with his mother.
The Holdens plan a family vacation to get Amanda away from Jeremy; Denise decides to return to work as a hospital nurse; Pamela runs into an old friend while Roxy makes a new one, a recently widowed single mother who must leave the post due to her husband's death
Joan finally comes back to the post and to Roland but Roland's guilt over his affair with a reporter begins to effect the future of his marriage. Frank's homecoming from having his unit shot down is put in further turmoil by Denise's job. Michael is about to have a career change. Meanwhile, Roxy tries to learn more about Trevor and Pamela finds out she loves her husband.
Claudia Joy gets a visit from an old friend, Hannah. Hannah is going to testify in front of Congress about the death of her husband in Afghanistan, which may have been caused by friendly fire.
Joan finds out that Roland had an affair. Meanwhile, Pamela signs on as a new host for the post's radio station and Lenore Baker reveals more information about Claudia Joy's past.
A fight breaks out at the 'Hump Bar' where Roxy works and Trevor becomes worried, asking Roxy to quit her job. Despite Joan's statement that she wants to fix their marriage, Roland doubts her sincerity du to her promotion.