Military Marriage

Military Marriage: Accelerated, But Not Rushed

With the celebrating of Valentine’s Day, you can’t help but reminisce about your own love story. When I met my husband a few years after college he wasn’t in the military. To be honest, I don’t think the thought of being in the military had even crossed his mind yet, and ironically enough, I had always said that I would never marry someone in the military. However, life’s fate and circumstances brought us to join the Navy.

Our Wedding Story…

My husband and I dated for a year and a half before we got engaged on New Year’s Eve while he was home for his short Christmas break during Officer Candidate School. At our wedding in March – just two months after our engagement and two weeks after OCS graduation – our 150 guests definitely thought I must be pregnant. Why else would you plan a big wedding and get married that quickly? However, much to their chagrin, they are still waiting for that shotgun baby to show up now six years later.

Almost immediately after our wedding, my husband moved to our first duty station in 29 Palms, Calif., and I followed shortly thereafter. While our wedding story, particularly our timeline, may seem odd to those outside of the military, it’s not uncommon. However, it does appear that sometimes there is an assumption or stigma associated with getting married quickly.

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