Ben Smith is competing to win Tayshia Adams' heart on The Bachelorette's sixteenth season.

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Ben is a 29-year-old Army Ranger veteran from Venice, CA.

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Ben attempted to show Tayshia that he really cared about her by sneaking off to her room in the middle of the night and surprising her with strawberries and champagne.

Tayshia wanted Ben to show up for her, and he apologized about missing an opportunity to chat with her during the afterparty on a group date.

"My guard is up. I was terrified walking over here... You got your point across. You better believe I'll be the first one to grab your hand tomorrow and probably every other time I'm able to... I'm here, I showed up right now," Ben said.

Tayshia said their relationship progressed more than any other that night.

"[Ben] says all the right things. He looks at me like I'm the only person in the world. Like, I don't want to be anywhere else than with Ben when I'm with Ben," Tayshia told the cameras.

Until viewers can watch more of Ben and Tayshia's relationship unfold on The Bachelorette, let's learn a little bit about the bachelor right now.

Below is a list of seven facts Reality TV World has compiled about Ben Smith.

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Ben made a major career shift after his military service

The Army Ranger veteran graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point followed by The United States Army Ranger School.

But after suffering a serious back injury, Ben decided not to return to active duty and later became a personal trainer due to his passion for health and nutrition.


At heart, Ben is a Midwestern boy

Although Ben currently resides in California, he is originally from Noblesville, IN.

Ben has one younger sister Madalyn and appears to be very close with her. Madalyn has called Ben an "incredible role model" and "the best big brother" ever on her Instagram account.


What is Ben looking for in a relationship?

Ben says he wants a wife who can openly communicate and stay emotionally available.

Ben is looking for a woman who can keep up with him on the dance floor or at least be willing to cheer him on when he jumps in the middle of a dance battle to show off his moves.

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Ben considers himself to be pretty romantic

Ben loves to show affection to a woman he cares about by writing love letters, and he once flew across the country to see a girl he had never met in person before.


The Bachelorette host says Ben is "a wonderful guy"

The Bachelorette host Chris Harrison gushed about Ben when announcing the cast for Clare Crawley's season before Season 16 premiered.

"This guy is the gentle giant of the season -- incredibly nice, big talker and long talker. When you get Ben going, it's hard to get him to stop," Chris shared.

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"But he has an incredible story and has [given] unbelievable service to our country. Thank you, Ben. It was really a pleasure and an honor to get to know this gentleman."

Chris added, "[He's] well-liked and kind of a natural leader in the house. Guys really look up to him."


Ben runs a subscription fitness program

Ben is a coach on a subscription service called Bodybuilding Club, which members can join for $49 per month. The program includes strength, hypertrophy and conditioning work.

Bodybuilding Club also includes an app that allows members to participate from anywhere on their own terms.

Ben's description on the website says he "loves smiling and talking to everyone" and would like to get clients into "shorter shorts."

"Might just date a girl on TV," he added.


Ben says he's a one-woman kind of guy

Ben explained he's always been "a relationship guy" and ended a relationship two years prior to appearing on The Bachelorette that he thought was going to last forever.

Ben admitted the breakup "destroyed" him and so he stopped dating for a while. He hadn't felt strongly about a woman for a while prior to meeting Tayshia on the show.

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