appleseed36 asked: Hi, My name is Alex, and I am expecting a child in the next few months, and I am strongly considering the military as a career to support my new family. I am in college now and plan on finishing that degree before I join, and I would like to know how you started out with the navy and what lead you to that decision.
I’m still not 100% sure why I originally joined the Navy, but it seems like I’ve always wanted to do it. There were other factors like a lack of options at home and lack of money for college. Over the years, I was fortunate to pick up a scholarship and earn my degree, but that was never the original plan.
One thing about starting out with the degree is that you’ll have the option to come in as an officer. This would mean a good bit more pay, and it should be more than enough for a new family to live off of.
My biggest piece of advice for you is to discuss it with your family and make sure it’s a decision that everyone is in line with. I never would have stayed in as long as I have if I didn’t have my wife’s support the entire time. I will also say that as much as I enjoy my job, saying goodbye to my family every time I get underway is the most difficult thing that I do. It never seems to get easier.
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Thank you so much.