The benefits of being in the military were great, but I didn't enjoy my job.
Pros: free housing, food, travel, medical, and dental
Cons: aggressive management, overtime work without overtime pay, on-call 24/7, months at sea without seeing land
A typical day at work involved my monitoring a radar scope for up to 12 hours and establishing data communications from my ship to other ships. Here, I learned all about data flow between equipment and ships and how to monitor airspace to prevent potentially hostile threats to US assets. Management was necessarily strict, as most of our time overseas was spent in a war zone. My co-workers were from a variety of backgrounds and helped get me through the tough days. The hardest part of the job was multi-tasking, monitoring several different screens and trying to communicate with multiple personnel simultaneously. The best part of the job was, without a doubt, interacting with my co-workers.