Sunday, February 05, 2006

Rules of Engagement: The US Army is trying to teach troops how to pick the right spouse through a program called "How To Avoid Marrying a Jerk." Of course, the program is full the usual military 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.