Army dating in same battalion
Wade and other military couples said the "young marriage complex" has existed for years when star-crossed lovers eloped just before deployments.This still exists today, according to several Clarksville couples, but sometimes for reasons that are much different.Soldiers are taught that this mission is the most important thing. Hurley from the Soldier Center said there's more of a need to marry that's embedded into soldiers."There's this need for belonging — this attachment issue," said Hurley.The soldiers have to balance the reality of the mission with the priority of marriage.”Adding science to the mix, Dr. "It's in human nature, but it's more so for the military. They want children to carry on their legacy because there's this uncertainty of coming back."Hurley said after this need, there are varying reasons for marrying young in the military ranging from economic gain, security and love.
After 33 years serving as an Army chaplain and part of that time actually enlisted, Hurley now runs the Soldier Center in Clarksville where he works with soldiers and military families.While a junior in high school in a little town in Texas, Jon Boring happened to see Stephanie at a football game.He knew her older sister, who introduced him to the soon-to-be freshman. Jon and Stephanie continued their relationship throughout high school and after he graduated."Soldiers are taught that this mission is the most important thing."The soldiers have to balance the reality of the mission with the priority of marriage."Military service adds more challenges to a marriage than a civilian union, and older couples tend to have more experience with having to deal with these types of challenges, according to Hurley.Hurley said all marriages and even romantic relationships go through predictable phases, but young marriages are different because they have this idea of what they want."They are in this bubble of ideals about what their hopes and dreams are for marriage," said Hurley.