So my Husband has wanted to join the military for awhile now. He is finally serious and talking with a Recruiter tonight. I'm a SAHM of 3 and he makes good money but really wants to help out his fellow soldiers and get a better education in the process. I am scarred to death for him to go in but really want to be a supportive Wife. My Husband has supported every decision I have ever made including becoming a SAHM, I feel like I need to be there for him. So my question is how many of you have Husbands that have joined and what's your life like?? What are the pros and cons? Thanks in advance!Answer Question
Answer by lori232 at 4:49 PM on Sep. 28, 2009
Answer by ave.maria. at 4:50 PM on Sep. 28, 2009
Answer by mommymine3 at 4:52 PM on Sep. 28, 2009
Depends on what branch. My husband is in the navy, and has been for the last 6 years. The military life isn't easy but its what you make of it. If you are determined to hate it, you will. If you are determined to find the best in every situation, you will. Right now, its stability, which is something so many people don't have. Yes he's gone a lot but it makes the time you have together so much sweeter.
Answer by abbynzachsmommy at 4:53 PM on Sep. 28, 2009
Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 5:00 PM on Sep. 28, 2009
Answer by Cavalrybaby02 at 5:04 PM on Sep. 28, 2009
My husband has been in the Air Force for 18 years. He started off as an 18yr old enlisted mechanic and through determination has worked his way up to an officer with 2 masters degrees. Pros: Sense of community whenever we PCS (move) to a new base. Accruing retirement while doing what he loves. Cons: Deployments~ We are currently on another one. He and I are more 'used' to them, as he was TDYing and Deploying for 10 years before we had kids. Kids NEVER get 'used' to it. Simply~It's hard on kids. If they are older and used to having daddy home? Then this may be harder for them to transition.Hours/shifts/travel can be hard on a family. Moving. If you are not used to moving every 18 months-3 years, then this may not be the life for you.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:15 PM on Sep. 28, 2009
Also with pros, add education..
Some other areas of concern: Job Security: There isn't 100% security, if you don't follow the rules. My husband just had to release some of his guys. The main reason? Overweight. Health Care: I am not a fan of military health care for family.Other are, and kudos to them. We have had, on more than one occasion issues with Pediatrics at 2 AFB's. Currently, I pay out of pocket for my kids and I to have civillian health care.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 6:18 PM on Sep. 28, 2009