Pros: Just serving was the biggest Pro, it was a honor and a privledge
Cons: Better communication to the members from commanders at HQ
Hard to describe, you get what you put into it. I spent 20 years serving and loved every minute of it. The people are great, the places you get to go are outstanding. I depoyed to South America and we circumnavigated the South American Continent. I traveled the panama canal, saw the southern most Ski Slope in Punta Arenas, Chile. Toured the sand sculptures in Peru and navigated the Straits of Magellan.
This was just one of the highlights of my career. Also because I chose the Coast Guard I met the love of my life, my wife. She was and still is very supportive of my career and I am forever in her debt for putting up with the depoyments and the moves.
It is not an easy life, but it is very rewarding.