10 tips for dating on a forward operating base
Sure, it was against the rules for years but we all know dating, and more, happened regularly on the forward operating bases. Here are some tips for your next deployment.
1. Don't talk about dating on the FOB
2. Conduct hygiene like you're in garrison.
Photo by US Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.
Yeah, the long hours of work and the limited laundry and shower facilities are going to take a toll, but you owe the person who is letting you see them naked. At least invest in extra baby wipes or something.
3. Do some favors for the motor pool.
Photo by US Army Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson
Make out sessions, and more, in vehicles are just as much fun deployed as they were in high school. Help the mechanics out and they'll help you out.
4. Don't date outside your pay scale.
Photo by US Army Spc. Kim Browne
This is still illegal and a potential career ender. Officers with officers, enlisted with enlisted.
5. No partners from your company or your chain of command.
Photo by US Army Sgt. Joseph Morris
The chain of command thing is still illegal while dating within your company is just a bad idea. Try to find a partner in another battalion or a completely separate command.
6. Don't make it obvious.
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Googly eyes, shy smiles, shared meals, inside jokes. Secrets are hard enough to keep on a FOB without you dropping hints everywhere.
7. Practice weapons safety.
8. Keep the drama discreet.
Photo by USMC Staff Sgt. J.L. Wright Jr.
Fighting between yourselves will most likely be noticed, probably even faster than the googly eyes when you started dating were. Keep it limited to emails and texts. If you can stand at attention while getting reamed by the drill instructor, you can keep a poker face while having an email fight.
9. Don't let it affect the mission.
10. Be careful who you tell stories to.
While you may want to brag about your forbidden love, one of those stories may get you in trouble if word gets around. Make sure you only tell buddies who can keep a secret.