Texting the boyfriend while he serves
November 8, 2011 9:08 PM Subscribe
What should I expect in terms of opportunities to communicate from a boyfriend looking to enter the medical side of the U.S army in the next few months?
posted by crackerz to Human Relations (8 answers total)
So, long story short, my boyfriend and I have been together in a long distance relationship for roughly two and a half years now. Due to family issues and such, he's found it rough to focus on university, and has thus decided to turn to the U.S. military and active duty as a means of achieving an education while removing himself from the reaches of certain opportunistic family members.
Him and I both live in separate countries; myself in Canada, and he's from the States. Because I'm still going to university (I work full time and attend school on line, which allows me the flexibility of maintaining my end of the relationship), we've decided that marriage isn't a doable option to keep me close to him while he serves. What I want to know is, if he does happen to get into a medical field during his 6 year term in the military, what should I expect in terms of him being able to communicate and keep in contact with me on a regular basis? On the medical side of the army, is there less chance of him being unavailable for long periods of time during a deployment?
I understand that while going to Basic, many places don't give their recruits the option to utilize cell phones or email unless it's to make an authorized phone call. I understand that I won't come first while he's away, and that communication will not be what I'm used to (on a daily basis, before and after work, etc. etc.). What I would like to know is how things will change once he enters AIT and after graduation from AIT? This is just, for the most part, to mentally prepare myself for the numerous changes I'll have to make to accommodate the fact that he won't be available.
I've searched dozens of forums and even the official sites themselves, but it's hard find information on texting, email, and other such things when I can't physically ask the recruiter my boyfriend's been going through. And unfortunately, my boyfriend doesn't always remember to ask these kinds of questions what with being so worried about enlisting. Any and all insight would be much appreciated!