USMC Girlfriend

I feel like I’m in boot camp
Boot Camp for Marine Girlfriends
I’m learning how to become self sufficient
I’m learning my true feelings for my man
I’m learning how to sleep on my own
To not eat, to not sleep, to be deprived of what was “normal living” for me
I’m being questioned and learning how to answer the hardest ones of all.

How do you do it without him?
Why do you put yourself through this?
Why do you stay with him?
My love, my body, and my mind are going through rigorous training.

My heart will face a Crucible
In the end I will come out a Marine Girlfriend
One that knows her duties, commitment, and place in the Marine Corps.
I will learn how to engage in conversation with complete strangers.
I will learn to use and be patient with the United States Post Office.

I will learn how to train my mind, not to break down every second of the day
I will do all of this in 13 weeks, miles away from my man.
And on his graduation day, I too will have accomplished something.
I will have stood behind him and stood there for myself.
I will come out with honor, courage, sacrifice,
and above all commitment to my Marine.

I often wonder what I got myself into when I started dating a guy in the military. But then I realize that it’s harder to wonder what my life would be like if I hadn’t met that man. Loving a man in the military isn’t easy; quite frankly, it’s the hardest thing I think I have ever done. It demands so much more than a “regular” relationship and it can be physically, emotionally, and mentally draining on both parts. Despite the struggles and obstacles, I know that there’s no other way I want to dedicate my time to and there’s no other person I would be willing to devote my love to. At the end of the day, I know that through the distance and the pain, there’s love that overcomes it all and I am so proud to call him mine.