Pros: i have furniture and a car and no debt. also, i have college available to me.
Cons: staying away from home for 7 months at a time, sleeping in a "community" bed every fourth day in port, fda not approved by human consumption class d meat, etc
This job taught me responsibility and money management and good job skills to bring with me to be a mechanic in the "real world" The hardest part was not talking to family or being home most of the time. The most enjoyable part was always return to home port.