Though I’m no stranger to military men (my grandfather, father and brother were all enlisted), this is the first time I have dated a soldier. I’ve seen a lot of websites that list ten things an Army girlfriend should remember and do, and some of them made great points. And your honey could be shipped out at any time, for months or years. Many of these are difficult and sometimes disturbing. If he wants to talk about his life in the Army, be it the crazy times with the guys in his unit, the tedium of the everyday, or even the tougher times, let him be the one to broach the subject.Curious as to what I was in for, and wanting some solid guidance, I went looking for advice on how to be a good Army girlfriend. However, in my own time as an Army girlfriend, I’ve come upon a few revelations of my own. Dating a soldier is a commitment, and not one to be taken lightly. Above all, talk to people who’ve lived it and ask them to be honest. If you’re not ready for to be an Army girlfriend and all that it entails, break it off. As soon as my guy used the g-word, I hit the keyboard and called my sister-in-law (retired Army wife extraordinaire). Soldiers work long hours that they have absolutely no control over. If you’re one of those girls who always needs a guy on her arm, get used to disappointment. You’ll have time for your friends, family, hobbies and work. And odds are, one of the reasons his time with you means so much to him is because it’s one of the few times he can get away from that life. My boyfriend and I have plenty to talk about, from video games to the funny cashier at the grocery store, and I never bring up the Army to any extent greater than asking him how his day went. If your man is ready to introduce you to the guys in his unit and/or regiment, it’s a big step.Although no Army training is easy, Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga., is a different animal entirely.Ranger School takes place in three phases – crawl, walk and run – and if the soldier is not mentally and physically prepared, he is sure to fail.Any of the three Ranger battalions must be ready to respond within 18 hours.Ranger units are often supported by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, carrying Rangers quickly and quietly behind enemy lines to take the fight to the enemy.
The United States Army Rangers is an elite group of warriors, sent into unusual environments to handle special operations duties.
Rangers operate in jungle, desert and mountain environments, often tasked with more difficult specialized missions than those assigned to conventional Army troops.
The pros and cons of Ranger life include family stresses and the toughness of the Ranger program.
The officers, Lieutenant Shaye Haver and Captain Kristen Griest, have been officially inducted into the US Army Rangers after completing one of the most demanding military training courses in the world.
More than one-third of would-be Rangers are eliminated within the first four days of Ranger School.