It's not just a job, it's your entire life.
Pros: Too many to list
Cons: Too many to list
As a Sailor in the US Navy, it is impossible not to dedicate every aspect of your life to your job. Even if you're not at work, you must remember that how you act in your personal life can have a direct, and sometimes lasting, effect on your career.
Being a Hospital Corpsman in the Navy meant that, many times, it was early mornings and late nights. It meant constantly bettering myself through classroom education as well and hands on experience. It was physically taxing and mentally draining and when the time came, I was more than ready to leave the Navy and move on to other things, but that doesn't mean I regret any of it. I will never look back at my time in the Navy and not feel an overwhelming sense of pride.
I was given the opportunity for leadership early on and I worked with some of the greatest human beings anyone would be lucky to meet. I had many leaders and mentors during my 10+ year enlistment, some left no impact on me, while others I still seek out for support and advice in both my personal and professional life.
Joining the Military is never something someone should consider lightly. It's life changing, terrifying, and sometimes heartbreaking. But, if you decide to join, you will be putting yourself among some of the worlds most elite men and women who share a passion to serve the country that they love so dearly.