Dating in the military is tough. There are rules against fraternization: no dating within your unit, no public displays of affection, and no dating of subordinate. On top of all of these rules, troops work long hours and have myriad duty responsibilities, so there's very little time to get off base and meet someone.
So when liberty arrives, service members have to maximize their chances. This is where the a good wingman can come in handy.
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Being the perfect wingman is more than just accompanying your buddy for a night out in town. It takes dedication, humility, and a sixth sense. Here are six tips for being the perfect wingman:
1. Never let your buddy feel stupid.
Your job is to keep your buddy feeling good about himself no matter what.
2. Know when to bail your buddy from danger.
You do whatever it takes to save your buddy from making a mistake.
3. Never outshine your buddy.
Remember, you're the wingman, not the lead. Your job is to play the support role.
4. Know when to give your buddy space.
Here's where the sixth sense comes into play.
5. If he or she is happy, you're happy.
Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary S. Welch/US Navy
You stand back and keep an eye on your buddy the remainder of the night.
6. Be there if your buddy happens to crash and burn.
Learn from your buddy. Next time, it's his or her turn to be the wingman.