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.
I met my husband in Calculus class 13 years ago when we were both freshmen at the Air Force Academy. I was 18 and he was 19, and I remember him being as stoic as anything. He is the only person I dated in my life. We dated throughout our time at the Academy, were engaged our junior year, legally married the day after graduation so we could be stationed with each other, and then had our ceremony a few months later in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It was the party to be remembered forever.