How to handle dating someone in the military

It’s making sure to text him good night before he bunks in. Each second I spent apart from my boyfriend makes each moment together twice as sweet. I always imagined dating someone who would go to college and I would see on some weekends and over the holidays. Maybe the mail screwed it up, or the Army hasn’t sent them out yet. I am 22 yrs old and from the great state of Alabama. We’ve been together for 7 months now, so you could say that I’m still green at being an army girlfriend.

Truth be told, it’s hard for them to turn this off.

That coupled with the stress and exhaustion that comes with Army life can make it hard for him to spend lots of time planning things for the two of you to do together.

Hopefully, you have a few close friends who’ll try to understand your new lifestyle. So if you can’t remain true, forget the whole thing and move on with your lives. Then, after falling in love with a medic, this changed, and it really caught me off gaurd. Certain movies, television shows and video games were suddenly off limits in my house, because they disturbed him or gave me nightmares. This is true of any relationship, but it can mean so much more to a soldier. His name is Eric, we’ve been together for almost 2 years and I’ve known he wanted to become a solder since the day we started dating. But I feel like the Army doesn’t care about the girlfriends, only the wives and children of the soldiers. I’m proud of my soldier and I tell him that in every letter.

I was watching an episode, and suddenly, it hit me harder than it ever had before. Get ready to make concessions in this department, for his comfort and for your own mental well-being. Be it baking him a batch of cookies to take back to base, writing him a letter (snail-mail) every week or even every day he’s overseas, or simply shrugging it off when he has to cancel a date last minute because he just found out he’s got an early call the next morning, doing little things that may seem insignificant to you will matter so much to him. When we first got together, I was very skeptical about dating a guy who was going to leave me to start his career. It is my understanding that if something were to happen to me (heaven forbid), he wouldn’t even know about it until someone wrote to him. I joined this site because no one I know understands how hard this is. ***** Hey to everyone my name is Perrie or Perrie Leigh which ever u prefer, people call me both.

Now, this does NOT mean you should boss him around.

But he’ll probably appreciate it if you do a share of the date-planning.

He says that we met inside the house and after that we stayed outside just me and him talking the entire time and we had a fun time just talking and he today tells me that from that night on he had to have me that he had to make me his, well, he didn’t quite make that happen.

I guess I just wasn’t interested at the time or it just wasn’t time for us to happen yet you know.

Curious as to what I was in for, and wanting some solid guidance, I went looking for advice on how to be a good Army girlfriend. However, in my own time as an Army girlfriend, I’ve come upon a few revelations of my own. Dating a soldier is a commitment, and not one to be taken lightly. Above all, talk to people who’ve lived it and ask them to be honest. If you’re not ready for to be an Army girlfriend and all that it entails, break it off. As soon as my guy used the g-word, I hit the keyboard and called my sister-in-law (retired Army wife extraordinaire). Soldiers work long hours that they have absolutely no control over. If you’re one of those girls who always needs a guy on her arm, get used to disappointment. You’ll have time for your friends, family, hobbies and work. And odds are, one of the reasons his time with you means so much to him is because it’s one of the few times he can get away from that life. My boyfriend and I have plenty to talk about, from video games to the funny cashier at the grocery store, and I never bring up the Army to any extent greater than asking him how his day went. If your man is ready to introduce you to the guys in his unit and/or regiment, it’s a big step.

What follows is some humble advice on how to cope with being the significant other of soldier. If you and your soldier are ready to enter a relationship, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into. Both gave me a wealth of knowledge I otherwise would not have had. The time he has for you will be dictated by someone else entirely. Concentrate on these, and appreciate the time he’s allowed to have with you. And when he does let me in on the other things, I try to listen and not pry. Men who are stationed together are often closer than brothers. Don’t cling to your man like a backpack, and don’t emasculate him in front of his guys.

Your girls may not get why you don’t want to go out because you’re waiting on an overseas phone call. They live their lives by the ideals of responsibility and faithfulness. You may not think it now, but while you’re dating an Army man, weird things can get to you. I want to eventually marry my soldier and he is my world.

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