Dating an army ranger
I’m going to have to break this one down into two distinct parts.
First, with regard to advice for a current military spouse or a future military spouse is to understand that life in the military isn’t a movie, it’s not a made-for-TV drama, it’s not all about you or all about them. I only feel comfortable talking about Ranger wives, because each branch and each unit is so different.
My usual response to this kind of question is, “I don’t know,” because when Marty was in the Army, I didn’t really dwell on the fact that my husband is in a dangerous line of work; it was just “the way it was.” He goes to work at 6AM and comes home sometime after 6PM. I don’t know if I was just really young at the time, maybe I didn’t realize or wasn’t mature enough to recognize it, but as I got older and we got more serious, I tried not to focus on the negatives and I just put it out of my mind.
Sometimes old movies would pop into my head, they make it seem so romantic like the girl can just say “don’t go” but that’s not how things work in real life, in the real Army.
She spoke to us by phone from the home she and Marty share in Colorado.
Lauren, thank you for talking with us tonight about your experiences as an Army spouse and your thoughts on the “Nomadic Veterans” trip that your husband Marty and his friend Leo are undertaking in support of Gallant Few.
They are more polite and more disciplined than any person you’ll ever meet.
When we talked to them at West Point , Marty specifically mentioned how important the relationship with his wife Lauren was to him not only during his time in the Army, but also (and perhaps even more importantly) during the uncertain times immediately following his transition back to civilian life.
That’s not how real women act, and you ruin it for the rest of us when you act that way.