Military dating love
Her Campus talked with two experienced military girlfriends to find out what it’s like to have a camo-clad boyfriend.For University of Maryland sophomore Meagan Keller, long-term separations and deployment decisions are a daily reality. Army combat engineer, has been stationed in Heidelberg, Germany since July 2009, and Keller’s still waiting for the day he gets orders to a war zone.They think German men are not so easy going in life, and are too picky with things.” And Dreyer’s American male clients sometimes have just as many preconceived notions of German women - including quite romantic ones.“American men say they like the women here, they’re taller on average and seem a little more natural.And in her personal life, her female German friends inquired about the potential availability of any of her US army co-workers.“I thought, ‘I could make a business out of this’,” Dreyer tells The Local.And so she did last summer, launching her matchmaking service under the name “US Love Wiesbaden”.
Her customers tend to be aged 35 and up, which she attributes to the fact that older singles are looking for more discreet and direct ways of meeting someone than dating apps with online profiles.
“It definitely has its ups and downs, but I know he’s eventually going to come home,” Keller said of Eric Goldenthal, her boyfriend of 11 months. “We haven’t gotten to deployment yet, but he could possibly see combat,” she said.
“I don’t like having to worry if he’s coming home.” The typical college girl might pine for her man while they’re separated for winter break, but Keller has endured six long months without so much as a hug from her boyfriend, a feat even veteran long-distance couples would admire. In the beginning, “rough” wouldn’t come close to describing the effect on their relationship. “We wouldn’t talk every day because it was expensive and there was such a time difference.
When Wiesbaden native Jessica Dreyer started working at the US Army Europe headquarters in her hometown, she noticed an interesting phenomenon.
At work, her American male colleagues were eager to find out if she had any single, German friends that they could meet.
Just as in the US, in Germany the answer to this depends on the individuals, Dreyer says.