Military relationships take a special type of person. I often get asked how to survive being married to someone in the military. So here are some things that a strong couple does within their relationship.
1.) Understand the Contract
Your spouse signed a contract to serve in the military. This means that "the mission comes first." Your spouse can be called away at any moment and you just have to accept it.`A strong military couple has to be able to adjust to whatever situation the military may throw their way. You must learn to adapt and overcome the fact that sometimes the military will take priority over your personal life.
2.) Trust and Faithfulness
For any relationship this is very very important. There are so many negative stereotypes that accompany military marriages. Time apart is a common thing in military relationships. This can lead to loneliness. Keep true to your spouse. Don't give him or her a reason not to trust you. Also, strong couples don't go through each other's phones. Once you start digging through each other's phones, all trust goes out the window. The military will put distance between you, so it's important you maintain that trust.
3.) Enjoy Other Interests.
Strong couples know that it's okay to have their own interests. You don't have to do everything together. Let him go out with the guys and you can hang out with the girls.
4.) Don't Become a Social Media Couple.
We've all seen it. Those couples who have to constantly post about their relationship on Facebook. It's almost like we know what is going on in their lives 24/7. If you have to constantly live on social media telling the world how much you "love" your SO, you probably aren't maturer enough to even be in a real relationship.
5.) Know When to Leave the Military Life at the Door
It's normal for the military life to spill over into your everyday life. But a strong military couple knows that their life isn't ALL ABOUT the military. They know when it's time to leave the boots and uniform at the door and talk about things that matter in their lives.
6.) Don't Compare Your Relationship to Other People's Relationships.
If you start comparing relationships, there will always be a winner or loser. A strong military couple doesn't focus of the relationships of others. They focus on their own and how to make it stronger.