Pros: Excellent opportunities for personal growth, great training.
Cons: Deployments, duty days, lots of ocean, low oxygen levels (submarines), more ocean, more duty days.
It's the military...work-life balance is more of a privilege and it is one that we all knew we were sacrificing when we were sworn in. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss being in the military (generally speaking) but I don't really miss it either...if that makes any sense. The days were long and hard and the work was pretty thankless, however, I was proud to have served and it shaped me and my life. The stress is significant and the amount of responsibility thrust on us at such young ages is taxing, to say the least. The US Navy is, however, the best thing that happened to me at that point in my life. It gave me the training, discipline, and drive to be the successful corporate leader that I am today and I wouldn't have the family that I have today without it.