In the age of social media, the line between personal and public often blurs, leading to occasional pitfalls in romantic relationships.
An internet user recently asked, Am I a jerk for posting a picture of myself wearing my boyfriend’s military uniform? We need to know your thoughts.
This happened 2 days ago. OP’s (f25) boyfriend (m29) is in the military. They’ve been dating for 6 months, and they live in different towns. He comes over to visit on weekends, but she has never been to his hometown, and whenever she tries to visit, he’s always busy.
What Did OP Do When Her Boyfriend Came Over?
OP’s boyfriend came over to spend the weekend with her and brought his military uniform. He was in the shower while his uniform was sitting on the bed.
OP felt bored and decided to put it on and took a picture of her wearing it. She then shared it on her Facebook as her “story” and thought nothing of it.
Oops! He Found Out
Once OP’s boyfriend found out, he blew up and started yelling at her saying she should have never touched his “work stuff”. OP was baffled at his reaction. She said she was just trying it on, but he said that OP was being reckless towards his work.
What Happened Next
When he found out OP posted a picture of her in it, he lost it completely. He told OP he can’t believe she jeopardized his job for “giggles” and for some internet likes.
He was making OP nervous so she told him he was overreacting, he kept mumbling that she screwed him over because the uniform had his name tag on it. OP asked so what, and he said that she doesn’t get to mess with his job and sabotage it with how she was acting.
The Fight Continued
They had a fight. He grabbed his stuff and went back to his hometown after demanding she takes the picture down and wipes it off her phone.
OP says, “I have been trying to contact him ever since but still got no reply. I left him messages from messenger and he reads them but doesn’t reply. Am I a jerk? I think I might have messed up but part of me says this was an overreaction on his part.”
He’s Not Overreacting; You’re Being Disrespectful
“You’re the jerk. Veteran here, and he can get into a lot of trouble for that. That uniform isn’t for you to play dress up. He’s not overreacting, you’re being disrespectful. Not to mention you could cost him his job…..and yes, it is that serious.”
This Isn’t A Costume Party
“If he is a Marine, it’s taken very seriously and can cause him to get punished for “gear adrift” under Article 134 of the UCMJ. This isn’t a costume party, and military uniforms are protected under Title 10 Chapter 45 of the U.S. Code.”
There Could Be More To The Story
“Everyone is in the wrong here. I’m not familiar with military politics but something tells me this is just not something you do. It seems to show a lack of respect. Like wearing it as a costume or something.
HOWEVER, something tells me he was not mad about his work finding out. There’s a reason he’s busy when you try to visit. He asked you to take it down so one or more of his other girlfriends didn’t see it.”
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