During these times, you must remain faithful to your Marine and have faith that he is doing the same. The Marine Corps expects its members to act like Marines 24 hours a day—even on social media websites.

Because of these regulations, your Marine may not be able to "post to your wall" or reply to public messages in certain ways.

But he also lived in the beach town of Morehead City, nearly an hour away from New Bern, and his roommate had the car for the night, so could I drive to him?

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Had I not set a gigantic Tinder radius, I never would’ve met Jason, a smoking-hot 32-year-old who’d just moved to the area from England for work and had played semi-pro soccer back home.

He immediately struck me as sweet and affectionate — one of the only guys I’ve ever met online who wanted to talk on the phone first to make sure I wasn’t a bot and that we’d enjoy spending an evening together.

“I definitely assume everyone is a Republican,” Becky, a 26-year-old elementary school teacher and Democrat who dates all political persuasions, told me.

“I can’t limit my options here; I don’t have so many.” She’s not kidding.

Limit public displays of affection when your Marine is in uniform.

Public displays of affection are frowned upon by the Marine Corps according to the Military Spouse magazine article "Do's and Don'ts While in Uniform." While acts such as hugging or holding hands may be permissible at special events, such as graduations from boot camp, you shouldn’t expect your Marine to do these acts in public on a consistent basis.

That’s the feeling that rises up in my throat whenever anyone asks me the totally non-condescending question of why I’m still single, which I’ve answered so many times in so many tones (“Just haven't met the right guy, I guess! There was the guy who kept taking calls from a number he’d labeled “Happy Happy Fun Time,” which turned out to be his drug dealer.

I've met guys in bars, at parties, while snowboarding, through friends, and online via Ok Cupid, Match, Tinder, Hinge, Happn, Bumble, The League, How About We, Coffee Meets Bagel, and even Nerve.com, a site for “literary smut” that hosted online personals in that early-aughts dark age before smartphones.

So for now she’s in a friends-with-benefits thing with a New Bern bouncer.