It’s no secret that I read a lot. I normally stick to good, solid, fiction stories, but there are times when I go through my romance novel phases. Amazon always has a revolving door of free books, so I tend to get them all there and just read them on my Kindle. That way the kids don’t know what I’m reading based on the covers. I’ve noticed over the years, that the majority of these books involve cowboys, cops, or dudes in the military. I can’t speak on the cowboys or the cops, but there is so much wrong with the stories related to military guys. Maybe these books are part of the reason why so many women want to to date guys in the military.
- Not everyone is a secret squirrel, special forces, SEAL kinda guy. In romance novels, they are. EVERYONE is a SEAL. There are so. many. books. All about SEAL teams. Each guy has his own book. It’s a bit ridiculous. I mean, of course there are special forces and SEALs, but not everyone is. Someone has to push paperwork and cook. Why can’t those guys get romance novels?
- Guys in the military do own things. In romance novels, they never own more than what fits in a single duffle bag. You would think with all those deployments, they would have bought tons of shit with the extra money. But no. No furniture, no extensive wardrobe, no over abundance of military gear that they hang on to even after they are out. ETSing involves a simple flight home with their simple duffle bag. And you know they always go home when they ETS. That’s when they get the girl they loved before they left.
- I’m sure it happens, especially in the height of war, but for the most part, you don’t leave basic/boot camp and go straight to Iraq/Afghanistan. There’s AIT or MOS school or something after basic. They’ll at least throw you in a unit for a while for all the pre-deployment stuff. I don’t have extensive knowledge on this one, but pretty sure that’s not how it works.
- The books always seem to say that he is coming home after 12 years (or some lengthy amount of time) in Afghanistan. Sorry, what? 12 years? No. Maybe he has had 7 deployments to Afghanistan in his 12 years of service, but he didn’t spend the entire time there. I guess if he did though, it makes it that much better of a homecoming for him and that one woman he hasn’t seen since he left for basic.
- There are cases where people tend to stay at a duty station forever. Like their whole career. I’ve seen it happen with Marines and every guy in romance novels. In real life, it doesn’t usually work like that. The husband was stationed at Pendleton 3 or 4 times over his career. In between though, he was stationed at other places, like Quantico and Okinawa.
- Civilian clothes are worn when off duty. Especially in the Marine Corps. Other branches are allowed to wear them out and about, like stopping at Walmart on your way home from work. The Marine Corps doesn’t allow that. You don’t just wear your uniform all the time as your everyday clothes. If someone does do that, I’d have to ask what’s wrong with them.
I know that they are just stories and I shouldn’t get worked up about it. Not all books are like this either. I’ve read a few that get it pretty close. Sometimes it’s so ridiculous though, I can’t help but have a constant internal eye roll going on as I read.