Quote from boomerfriend
I don't have much info on working as a nurse overseas but I can speak for Okinawa and Germany (and Korea if you want too). My husband is retired AF, we were stationed in all the above countries - accompanied.
My advice is if you can go overseas, do it. You will not regret it. Life is short and so is your time in the military. Take every opportunity to travel and see as much as you can. Believe me, you will not be bored. Volunteer at the hospital at the very least to get your foot in the door and get your face known. You'd be surprised what you can learn from those in the trenches.
One caveat...my husband was an officer and we had three kids. You know the military gives you a housing allowance based on the military member's rank and dependents. You may want to look into on-base housing. All three locations we were at had very nice on-base housing. Good way to save $$. More $$ to travel with.
Between my husband and I we have seen over 20 countries. The main reason for going overseas is to travel (and to stay together as a family too!) Your nursing career will take shape in time. Enjoy the time you have together now....
Thanks so much for your advice and info on all those countries! That was awesome! My husband is an officer as well, and it is true that I don't "need" to work, as his salary can support both of us. Also, it's not the case that I need a nursing "career". Rather, the situation is that I am 29 (30 this year) and I only have 3-5 years to work before we want (and need) to start having children. So, it's not that I want to move up the career ladder or have this wonderful nursing career. It's mainly 3 things: 1.) I don't want to have spent all this money on an education only to find that I can only work at AAFES or as a bagger or something. To me that is not fullfilling. 2.) I don't want to work after we have children, and so, like I said, I only have 3-5 years to work and I would like to work during this time in order to have a nice solid nest fund for our children and for when we drop back down to one income, and 3.) Because we don't have children, I just cannot see myself sitting at home all day - it would be a waste of my time and education (and money I spent on my education), I would be bored, etc., and I don't care to waste all my husband's money shopping, as someone advised. I know a lot of people have said I could volunteer, but again, that does not earn money and that is my focus right now. Making money prior to having children, so I don't have to work once we have children.
So, anyway, from that viewpoint, I'm sure you can see why I'd be worried about moving anywhere where I won't be able to work. I also think it would be hard to not work as a nurse for 3 or more years and then come back to the states and try to find a job as a nurse or even feel as I'm competent anymore. It's such a dilemma, but I think that my DH is going to change his dream list, because I for sure cannot work in GK, Germany, so he's going to take that off. Neither of us want to be stationed somewhere where I can only sit at home and GK is a NATO base, so it doesn't even have all the comforts and opportunities as a real base.
So that's my story.
Thanks so much for your advice. Everywhere sounds so lovely, and hopefully the AF will send us somewhere that is beneficial for both our professions... I'm praying and hoping for that anyways!