U.S. Navy/Culinary Specialist Seaman Jonathan Perez

Love is hard to find. It's even harder if you're in the Navy.

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Everyone knows: Being single sucks sometimes. You know what’s worse than being single, though? Trying to find a relationship using dating sites. But if that wasn’t enough, there are also military dating sites. So I decided to try three of them for a month. Needless to say, I didn’t find love … just some lonely men who seem to have, as one guy put it, “been used, abused, and cheated on.”

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Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel R. Beyers

In the military, dating has garnered somewhat of a dubious reputation. Between fear of falling for a mooch, long distance with limited contact, and all the normal struggles that come with any relationship, sometimes you’re left wondering if it might not be easier to get a dog, because she will love you no matter what.

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Military-related dating scams happen all the time. Whether you’ve been taken advantage of by a handsy strip club employee, or swindled into sending money abroad to save someone from destitution, there is no shortage of creative romance scamming designed to trick service members, or mislead civilians into thinking they’re falling for fake soldiers or sailors. What’s worse is that in the era of online dating and virtual correspondence, it can be difficult to weed out some of the more elaborate romance scams.

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The Navy has come a long way over the last 50 years in terms of its treatment of women, as evidenced by a dating video from 1967.

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Photo by Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes

In April, I wrote an article for Task & Purpose on why I am so difficult to date, and why I find it tough to connect on some levels with those who think “PT” means physical therapy instead of waking up at some terrible hour to run some horrible number of miles.

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