Roxy deals with the news that Trevor has been deployed, then helps Denise with defensive training after she catches Jeremy attacking his mother; Pamela is forced to care for the twins while the biological parents are out of town; Joan's erratic behavior causes concern for Roland.
Denise confronts her son about his abusive behavior; Roxy runs into her ex, who refuses to sign the paperwork relinquishing his parental rights; Pamela comes clean about her pregnancy in a public announcement; Joan deals with a soldier under her command who has a mental breakdown.
Roxy learns a secret about Marilyn (Kate Kneeland); Pamela gets bad news at Claudia Joy's Independence Day picnic; Roland asks Col. Holden to be lenient with Joan, who is considering retiring rather than face court-martial.
Roxy's mother pays an unexpected visit and asks Pamela to help her plan a birthday party for Roxy to prove she has changed. Elsewhere, Jeremy decides to enlist, upsetting his mother, while the Holdens try to stop his budding romance with Amanda by telling her of his past abusive behavior.
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 returns home early, determined to get her marriage back on track. Meanwhile, Denise misses Maj. Weatherford's party, where Claudia Joy overhears a heated dispute between Lenore Baker and her husband moments before he collapses, leaving Michael temporarily in charge at Fort Marshall.
The first season ends with an alarming discovery: Munitions are missing, prompting Michael to put the post on high alert and deploy the rest of the soldiers in response to what could be a terrorist plot.