Michel Sauret. My friend threw her hands up in the air. Dating a military service member is not like dating a civilian.

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Our love sees no boundaries and we are stronger than ever before. Just like any other relationship, compromise plays a big role when you and your partner are in different time zones, which can make things tricky. For example, since I am ahead in time by five hours, I stay up late and sacrifice a couple hours of sleep to talk to him. In return, he stays in a lot more after work to talk to me.

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But what is it? What makes them different from the other men in our lives? Is dating a military man really that different?

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Training schedules can be grueling, access to phone or can be limited, and a relocation or deployment always seems to be just around the corner. But distance can lay the groundwork for a solid, lasting relationship.

11 things you should know about dating a military man

Here are ten tips to make the most of your long-distance military relationship:. Distance can improve intimacy. One study found that couples in long-distance relationships were more likely to communicate deeply and share meaningful thoughts and feelings.

And good communication is one of the most important elements of a successful relationship.

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A recent study found that the four-month mark is the most difficult time during a long-distance relationship; but after eight months, it hard dating a medium easier. You might call or text each other ten times a day, but even if your loved one has phone access, nothing beats an old-fashioned love letter.

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A letter is a memory — a piece of paper you can physically hold in your hand is something to be treasured and saved. People in long distance relationships tend to idealize their partners.

1. long distance makes you better communicators

So cut each other some slack. Your partner might have to stay in the barracks mil guy seeking you stay in a hotel. And your time together, whether in person, over the phone or bymight be more limited. When a recruit is in boot camp, for example, he or she can only write and receive letters. And if your loved one is deployed on a ship or an aircraft carrier, there could be days of silence, when all communication is purposely down.

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Military communities are exceptionally supportive. Befriend other ificant others, and use social media groups to bond with others who are going through the same thing.

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You and your partner will get to see different parts of the country and the world as he or she moves from base to base. When your loved one comes home, or you visit, treat it like a special occasion.

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Buy a new outfit; cook a favorite meal; take a lot of pictures together; take free classified ads scotland plan exciting things to do together. Take the time to truly get to know each other, however long that takes.

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And recognize that marriage, or living together, might solve some of the problems of distance, but will likely create new challenges and adjustments. So savor the dating period. Enjoy the excitement of opening the mailbox to find a new letter.

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Relish the moments you are together instead of always thinking about the future. This means having patience when things get tough, or when communication is limited.

2. know that it gets better

It means having an understanding when visits get canceled, or dates change. It means taking a deep breath when you really want to scream. It means putting things in perspective. Victoria Kelly is the wife of a Marine veteran and the author of the novel Mrs. She date scammer taught creative writing to veterans around the country and is the director of creative strategy at flirt en date DC-based public relations firm.

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