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When Wiesbaden native Jessica Dreyer started working at the US Army Europe headquarters in her hometown, she noticed an interesting phenomenon. At work, her American male colleagues were eager to find out if she had any single, German friends that they could meet. And in her personal life, her female German friends inquired about the potential availability of any of her US army co-workers. Business started to really boom after a few months when local media noticed the novel dating firm, and now she receives on average 60 to 80 new inquiries from Germans and Americans combined each week.
While she gets calls and s from all kinds of people, including men seeking men and women seeking women, Dreyer says her biggest client base is German women seeking US military men and vice versa.
This, she says, is simply because of the s: The US Army counts 3, soldiers, 3, American civilian workers, and 1, retirees as part of its Wiesbaden Garrison. And around 85 percent of military personnel are male. For a city that has a long history with the American military, such pairings between American soldiers and German women are also perhaps not so uncommon.
Troops have been present in the Wiesbaden area ever since. Even beloved American superstar Elvis Presley spent some time stationed near Wiesbaden — a fact which the city proudly boasts about online — and made sure to carve his and wife Priscilla's initials into a Wiesbaden tree. Plus, Dreyer also works with clients in nearby Kaiserslautern, where tens of thousands more American armed forces and government affiliates live in the largest US military community abroad.
But even though Germans and Americans have long lived with one another in the area, stereotypes on both sides persist, which perhaps drives some of the mutual interest. They think German men are not so easy going in life, and are too picky with things. A lot of American men say they love the idea of an international romance.
They might like the accent, or the different heritage. And for the most part, neither are her clients. This is about dating and relationships, not about getting a green card or something. Her customers tend to be aged 35 and up, which she attributes to the fact that older singles are looking for more discreet and direct ways of meeting someone than dating apps with online profiles. An important factor in the matchmaking though, is that the German will almost always have to speak English: her American clients rarely speak German well enough to have a conversation, if they speak it at all.
Germans and Americans tend to have similar views on courtship, such as questioning who should pay on the first date. Just as in the US, in Germany the answer to this depends on the individuals, Dreyer says. One thing that is a bit different is the question of marriage. In Germany we tend to wait years before getting married. We want to make sure we have the right person on hand.
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