5 things every boot should know before dating a local
All motivated newbie boots — fresh out of months of rigorous training — have one agenda: excel at work, drink some beer, and find a local.
Since most lower enlisted troops lack transportation, straying too far away from base isn't ideal — taxis and Ubers can get expensive.
So showing up at the closest watering hole from your barracks room is probably going to be your best bet.
Once you step off base and meet that potentially special someone, here's a few pointers before you go full steam ahead:
1. Wrap it up
You may have built up pounds and pounds of muscle these last few months in training, but it only takes a microscopic bacterium to bring all that strength crashing down.
As a newbie, you might get stationed overseas in a foreign country where the lifestyles and customs can be very different. Make sure you do a little reconnaissance on the do's and don't's or you might send the wrong message at the dinner table.
3. Background check
We're not suggesting you conduct a full scale credit and background check on your date, but it couldn't hurt.
We're saying to casually ask what mommy and daddy do for a living because many young guys and gals who you'll meet near the base have parents who served.
You don't want to hit on someone and find out later you broke the heart of the general's son or daughter.
4. Putting ring on it
No offense to all the average looking service members out there, but if you are stationed in a foreign country and you hook up with a "10," they might be trying to find a way to the states and gain citizenship.
5. Financial security
Dating and then marrying a service member has some pretty good financial benefits; be careful of who you let into that world.
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