Pros: healthcare, meals covered, paid vacations (leave), espirit de corps.
Cons: extensive deployments, extremely long working hours, long periods of time separated from family and friends.
This position was very challenging both physically and mentally. The work/life balance could be quite taxing at times. It was also very rewarding, I take pride in having served my nation alongside some of the finest men and women that I have ever met. Being a Sailor in the US Navy imbued me with discipline, leadership skills, mental fortitude, and patience. – more... It was a life changing experience and I am thankful for having had the opportunity to serve. Describing the typical day in the Naval service is difficult, because so often things were so different from day to day, a myriad of factors would dictate our operational tempo. Most days I would perform extensive maintenance, and manage other Sailors in the execution of these and many other tasks. – less