It’s Not Just The Uniform: 10 Reasons Military Guys Are Irresistible

It’s Not Just The Uniform: 10 Reasons Military Guys Are Irresistible

Warner Bros. Pictures/American Sniper

Warner Bros. Pictures/American Sniper

Military men seem pretty great at getting the ladies, and not just during Fleet Week in NYC, where hundreds of hot young Navy guys are greeted on the shores of N.Y. by some very excited single women.

“Normal” guys love to write their appeal off as “the uniform,” or the fact that they’re usually in great shape. Sorry, boys, it’s not just those things, though the uniforms and muscles do help. But there’s a reason the military men you meet, more so than other hot men in uniform (think firefighters, police officers, the UPS guy), are either in relationships, or don’t seem to have a lot of trouble meeting women.

Here’s what they’ve got to offer. At the end of the day, most of these things are qualities any guy could bring to the table, if he really tried. Military men just already seem to have it:

1. Unquestionable loyalty.

Military guys have a higher calling; they’re committed to serving their country, and their loyalty to the nation will take them to war zones, disaster areas, and anywhere they’re called to. They also forge strong bonds with one another. You’ve seen “Band of Brothers,” you’ve heard of “no man left behind.” It’s all true. They commit themselves to a purpose, and to one another, all for a greater cause.

Women love knowing that a man can be loyal. Just knowing that they are capable of devoting themselves to something else outside of themselves shows a level of unselfishness and integrity that frankly, a lot of people in general don’t seem to have.

2. Global awareness.

They haven’t all gone to college. They haven’t all traveled the world on deployments. But they know what’s going on in the world, because it’s their job to know, and for many, it’s the reason they joined the military in the first place. A lot of people don’t follow the news regularly. Articles about, well, dating, often get more views and social media shares than stories about ISIS and conflict in the Ukraine. Guys in the military are focused on what’s important, our national security, and helping the world as a whole become safer. Caring about things that actually matter is pretty hot. It means you’ve got your priorities straight.

3. They know how to make the most of their time.

They may deploy for six months at a time, maybe a whole year. They may have deployed once, or they may have deployed several times over the course of their careers. They have temporary duty assignments, they take classes, and they go to training, all across the country and the world. This means that they aren’t always with their loved ones very often, so when they are, they know how to make it count.

They want to do fun, simple things they missed while gone, like going to a sports game or eating at a local pizza place. They want to spend nights at home, catching up on movies that had been in theaters while they were deployed. They like going out with friends for beers, and spending holidays with family members, because this time is rare and treasured.

4. They don’t “ghost.”

Some guys prefer to disappear when they want to call something off. Women do it too. But no one likes it. It’s cowardly, a little bit rude, and very off-putting. But men in the military are, generally speaking, willing and able to tell it like it is. If they’re over it, they’ll be forthcoming and say as much. They’re less likely to play games, because frankly, they’re too busy to play games. The military also makes you mature much faster, and military guys seem to realize that stringing people along and disappearing is just childish.

5. They are so damn polite.

If you’re a woman, and can gain access to a military base, head to the base commissary. Take a walk around. Every door will be opened for you if there is a gentleman nearby who can do so. If you drop something, a man in uniform will pick it up. If you’re trying to carry something heavy and look like you’re struggling, it’s likely a military man will ask if you need any help. That’s just the way these men are. They’re conditioned to offer help, they like to be of service, and their mamas trained them right because with a military man, chivalry is definitely not dead. Did I mention that they will never let you pay for dinner?

6. They can teach you a lot of cool, new things.

Most women don’t have a lot of experience shooting guns, throwing a punch, lifting weights, or going on vigorous hikes. In every new relationship, partners teach one another new things and introduce each other to new hobbies. Military men usually have pretty cool hobbies that most women haven’t ever experienced. It’s fun to try out something completely different. It’s also very easy to get close and cuddly with your man when he’s teaching you to shoot a gun, or showing you how to throw a punch.

7. They’re protective.

Most women want to feel safe with their guy. It’s just biological. They want to feel like he can defend them in a dark alley at night, and like he can pick them up and carry them if their feet hurt from high heels. Military men usually know how to use a gun, they know how to throw a punch, and they have experience carrying fellow soldiers who may have been injured. It’s nice to know that if you need him to, your guy can take charge.

8. They like strong women.

A military guy wants his girlfriend or wife to be self-sufficient. They’re used to being around ladies in the military, who can do push-ups, sit-ups, and every other kind of “up” like a boss. The women they want to come home to are usually no different. Military guys usually encourage their partners to be able to take care of themselves, a) because they aren’t around a lot of the time, and b) because they like a lady who can keep up with them.

9. It’s fun to see them let their guard down.

When he’s in uniform at a work event, he can’t hold your hand or kiss you, at least in sight of others. He’s stone-faced, tough, and by-the-book. That’s why it’s so much fun to get him home. There’s something special about being able to turn that “tough guy” into a laughing, sweet, goofball, and seeing him for who he really is: a very ticklish overgrown kid who eats way too much candy and thinks burps are funny.

10. They want to commit.

These guys don’t have time to f*ck around. They move every 2-4 years on average, per military requirement, and it gets lonely. They usually want to have someone to come home to when they move to a new city and know no one. They want to have someone waiting for them when they get back from a combat zone. They become interested in settling down a little earlier in the life than the average guy, probably because circumstances make them grow up a lot faster. They don’t have much time to party or date around, so when they meet the “right girl,” they’re usually more ready to take the next step.

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