Whether your high school sweetheart has just joined up or you recently met a soldier who swept you off your feet, take a hard look at the reality behind the romantic image.Your boyfriend might be in love with you, but he is married to the Army. “But he hasn’t called for a few weeks now.” My friend threw her hands up in the air. They have very little choice about when they work, where they live, and how often they can check their phone for messages. They can still be worthwhile and successful, but you have to let go of some of the traditional dating rules. Military members sign their lives over to the government.Go Army.com, designed for people who are thinking of joining and their loved ones, provides a clearinghouse of information on what Army life is truly like.
Although specific regulations vary from base to base, in most cases your boyfriend must sign you in and escort you throughout your visit.She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Florida. ” a co-worker asked curiously when I first mentioned my boyfriend was in the military. “Not exactly, we haven’t been on a date for a while.” “But you’re seeing each other,” another co-worker chimed in. They didn’t want us to spend too much time together or become attached too quickly. After he joined, we spent the next six years dating long distance and only seeing each other a few times a year.She spent 15 years working for Central Florida theme parks and frequently travels with her disabled father.Fritscher's work can be found in both print and online mediums, including Visual Travel Physically fit, unerringly punctual, generally kind and chivalrous, soldiers represent the classic American dream.Yet military life is tough and demanding for loved ones as well as those who enlist.Family Readiness Groups are organizations sponsored by each base that distribute information and provide moral support before, during and after a deployment.These groups are not restricted to spouses and dependents but are open to everyone who is involved in a soldier’s life. Keep in mind that your deployed solider is in a lonely and sometimes dangerous situation.If you are permitted to explore on your own, pay close attention to posted signs. Deployment is one of the toughest and scariest parts of military life.Fortunately, the Army provides resources for loved ones facing a soldier’s deployment.