Rules of Engagement

 Posted by on 23 February 2006 at 10:42 pm  Uncategorized
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The US Army is trying to teach troops how to pick the right spouse, through a program known as “How To Avoid Marrying A Jerk”. Given how stressful and unique the life of soldiers can be, I can understand the need for pre- and post-marital counseling to address the special circumstances of active duty military personnel.

But what amuses me the most is the Army’s inability to get away from acronyms:

The “no jerks” program is also called “P.I.C.K. a Partner,” for Premarital Interpersonal Choices and Knowledge.

It advises the marriage-bound to study a partner’s F.A.C.E.S. — family background, attitudes, compatibility, experiences in previous relationships and skills they’d bring to the union.

It teaches the lovestruck to pace themselves with a R.A.M. chart — the Relationship Attachment Model — which basically says don’t let your sexual involvement exceed your level of commitment or level of knowledge about the other person.

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