My boyfriend is a soldier in the United States Army. Though I m no stranger to military men (my grandfather, father and brother were all enlisted), this is the first time I have dated a soldier. 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. From the web. Not sure how wise that was. I ve seen a lot of websites that list ten things an Army girlfriend should remember and do, and some of them made great points. However, in my own time as an Army girlfriend, I ve come upon a few revelations of my own. What follows is some humble advice on how to cope with being the significant other of soldier.
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6. Dating a soldier is a commitment, and not one to be taken lightly. Do some research. Read those web pages and top ten lists. Above all, talk to people who ve lived it and ask them to be honest.
Then do some soul-searching. If you re not ready for to be an Army girlfriend and all that it entails, break it off. You ll be doing a favor to the both of you. As soon as my guy used the g-word, I hit the keyboard and called my sister-in-law (retired Army wife extraordinaire). Both gave me a wealth of knowledge I otherwise would not have had.
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7. Get used to being alone. Soldiers work long hours that they have absolutely no control over. They work weekends with little or no notice. Bases are often several towns or states away.
If you re one of those girls who always needs a guy on her arm, get used to disappointment. The time he has for you will be dictated by someone else entirely. It s not a bad thing. You ll have time for your friends, family, hobbies and work. Concentrate on these, and appreciate the time he s allowed to have with you.
My boyfriend is stationed an hour away, and we only see each other on weekends. So I spend my weekdays going out with my pals, catching up with my mom, and working on that promotion. 8. Don t ask for the details. Soldiers have stories.
A lot of them are funny and interesting. A lot of them are dull.