Pros: foreign country visits, hard working sailors
Cons: fewer sailors, less money, older ships, time away from family and friends
Military life is a difficult balance for a family.
There are no typical days at work as the schedule is fluid depending on the operational requirements for the ship assigned. I had some days where I would be at work for 16 hours followed by a 24 hour shift on the ship. Weekends generally are workdays and whenever the ship is away from home port, the work day is continuous.
I learned a vast amount of knowledge and gained invaluable training during my time in the military.
My co-workers are a collection of individuals from all walks of life with different backgrounds.
The hardest part of the job was the shifting status of the military. They wanted to reduce the total workforce and provide less money to complete maintenance and repairs on ships that were well past their service life, which contributed to a high operational tempo, long work days, and more time at sea. This lowered the moral of numerous Sailors, so one of the greatest challenges was keeping the team focused while still ensuring that everything was done in a timely and efficient manner.
The most enjoyable part of the job was the challenges each day possessed and working as a team to solve the issues. The travel was also a plus as I saw many foreign countries that I would have otherwise never seen.