Quote from TrinaRoschelle
I have a problem . I have been talking to Navy and the Air force for an enlisted position. The problem is they want me to give them an answer, but I just do not know . I want to go to the Air Force, but I have to be away from my children for long. And to top it off I have been accepted into LVN school. Do you have any advice? I was told that my journyman training would be a year with phase I,II, & III. After a year of my life I would have a EMT.
I'm not sure what a journyman is - is that a rate in the Air Force? I'm a Navy Vet (Hospital Corpsman for 6 years), so I know a lot about enlisted life and might be able to help you out. You said you've been accepted into a Nursing Program - if you really want to be a Nurse - my advice is to go to that school and forget about life in the Service. My goal when I joined the Navy was to eventually get my RN while I was in. Unfortunately, you work so much, there is very little time for school and most people have to wait until they're out of the service to go back to school (like me)!!!
I was single when I joined (no husband, no children). Since you already have children - please think long and hard before committing yourself to the Military - once you sign those papers you belong to them (in every way, shape and form). Although the military will provide your children with medical insurance - they are not a major concern to the military (you are). If they want to ship you off somewhere - it could very well be without your kids. I got married after being in for 2 years - 10 months later they sent my husband to a Navy School in Texas and me to Norfolk, VA (we were apart for 2 very long years - there was absolutely nothing we could do about it).
When we were finally stationed together again we had our 1st Son - after my 6 weeks maternity leave I was back at work. The daycare he was attending of course didn't let you bring in sick children (we were stationed far from family). First time my infant got sick - I was told I had to be at work or be considered AWOL (there's no such thing as calling in sick in the Navy). We found a friend of a friend to watch him that day and that was the day I decided when my tour was up later that year - my Navy Career would be ending.
I loved my time in the Navy, I'm very proud of serving this Country of ours for 6 years, but the pay "stinks" and it's definitely a difficult job when there are children involved. Also, they will promise you the "MOON" to get you to join - just make sure if you do this - get all their promises in writing. I hope this helps you out some. If you have anymore questions - just ask me.. Take Care, SusanNC