Hard yet rewarding work defines the United States Navy.
Pros: Medical and Dental benefits, job security
Cons: 24 hour duty
Spending 9 months on board a Naval warship, in the middle of the hot and sweaty North Arabian Gulf or the Gulf of Oman can, at first, seem like the worst place on earth. The work days are long and the pace is non-stop. Twelve on, twelve off, fifteen on, eight off, eighteen on, five off; these are the typical work hours on a deployment. But, the vast knowledge and discipline one attains at the end of the day is invaluable.
As an Information Systems Technician in the Navy, work can get pretty monotonous with the seemingly endless amount of maintenance and paperwork that has to be completed on a daily basis. However, when you realize that you've just rebuilt a LINUX or Windows server from scratch, mitigated a security threat, discovered suspicious behavior in the DNS or Data Loss Prevention logs, patched your systems to 100% compliance, brought Exchange or DHCP services back up, or even successfully re-wired 200 or 300 computers, it's all worth it.
You won't always like who you work with, but the Navy has a way of dealing with this. We are always taught, that even though we may have our differences, we aren't working for ourselves but are working so that others may have peace, freedom and comforts not afforded to anyone else in the world and that the mission, whatever it may be, gets accomplished to the fullest. Some may consider these things to be cliche, but this ideal stands firms at the core of every sailor.
The most difficult part of the job would have to be the living conditions. A Naval warship is definitely not a luxury cruise line. You may not always have working toilets or water. The beds are hard as work and there isn't a whole lot of room for anything but you get used to it.
To counteract the hardest part of the job, the most enjoyable part would have to be, besides a job well done, the port visits. On a deployment, you get the privilege of visiting places most people in the world have never seen. It's definitely better than television.