To date or not date a Marine?
That is the question.
If your heart is already with a Marine, you understand the challenges of a military relationship.
While there are certainly some downsides to dating a Marine, if you’re the perfect fit as a couple, you’ll likely see more pros than cons. And, sometimes, you just have to lighten up because the military lifestyle will drive you crazy otherwise.
If you’re already dating a Marine, you’ll probably get a kick out of this legit list.
Here’s a humorous inside look at the positives and negatives of dating a Marine:
Pro: You’ll always be with the strongest person in the room.
Con: He or she might scare everyone.
Pro: They’ll always have exciting stories to tell about deployments.
Con: They’ll never run out of stories to tell. Ever.
Pro: They know how to follow orders.
Con: But they probably won’t follow any direct orders from you.
Pro: They look amazing in uniform.
Con: You have to wash all those uniforms while remembering all the special care instructions.
Pro: They get a military discount.
Con: You can’t use their discount without them.
Pro: They’re always on time.
Pro: They know how to work hard.
Con: Sometimes they work too hard and don’t know when to turn it off.
Pro: They have muscles. A lot of muscles.
Con: Those muscles take work, which takes sweat. Their home will probably smell like a men’s locker room 99.9% of the time.
Pro: Their skills are top-notch and a necessity to protecting our country, which means they’ll never have a problem getting a job after discharge.
Con: They’re on call 24/7 and can be whisked away at a moment’s notice. Like in the middle of date night. And you can’t even be mad about it.
Pro: They can sleep wherever and whenever. They’ll never complain about a hotel bed being too lumpy.
Con: They’ll never look at hotel reviews to see if the beds are comfortable.
Military Relationships Take Work
If you’re willing to put in the time, military relationships do work — even if you’re dating someone as hardcore as a Marine. With a little adjustment on both of your parts, you can make it work well, no matter how many time zones apart.
Want to learn more about thriving as a military couple? Check out these posts:
- Getting Through Your First Military Deployment as a Couple
- 15 Things to Do While Your Military Boyfriend is Deployed
- 6 Must Know Tips for Your New Military Relationship
Thousands of couples make it through basic training, deployments, and big moves each year. If you’re willing to focus on the pros over the cons, you can survive dating a Marine, too.
What are some of the pros and cons you’ve noticed dating a Marine? Share your stories in the comments below!