For deployed troops in a long-distance relationship, maintaining contact with one’s partner can be a struggle. No, that’s putting it too lightly. It can be an incredible challenge, made worse by inconsistent internet or phone connections, unpredictable schedules, and of course, the everyday rigors and dangers of deployed life.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob Barber
Holding down a long-distance relationship in the military is hard as hell. Military relationships fall apart for a host of reasons and the horror stories you hear about horribly timed "Dear John" letters can easily make a soon-to-deploy service member a bit gun shy about entering into a long-distance relationship.