I live in a huge military town so dating and being friends with people in the military is super common, I've dated guys in every branch, some seriously, some not. But all them are obsessed with smells. More so and more open about it than civilian men. I've dated a few who asked me for dirty shirts of pants and some that just sit there and will sniff me. The guy I've just started seeing isn't recently back from deployment and he's not at an all male command, so he lives around and works with women but we were laying in bed and he cuddling and just sniffing my shoulder.
So for any military men, why so obsessed with smells?
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This may just be cooincidental that you have come across military men who are obsessed with smells OR there could be reasons like (these are my ideas and maybe connecting my experiences - nothing formal)
1. There are people who love smelling those who they love (I'm one of those - I just love my daughters and woman's smell in every part of her body) which I assume is to know them in everyway
2. Army and armed forced guys don't get to meet or see the opposite gender or don't even at times get to have sex or be intimate while on duty which may be a reason why they like smelling the person they love or are in a relationship with. Smell reminds them of the intimacy with that person even if they are not with them at that point of time. Smell remains as a memory even without any object related to it close to them (I'm separated from my wife and I don't get to see my daughter for months but I remember the smell of her hair, breath, skin etc and likewise about the one woman I've ever loved)
3. For some such habits may just become a fetish and they don't even realize it
4. You smell really REALLY good :)1