Single parent military nursing? - page 2
Hi I'm currently 18 about to start my last semester of prenursing and will begin nursing school fall 2013. I have also recently adopted my sister's 4 year old daughter. I have always wanted to do... Read More
Jan 24, '13 by nuberianne_RNThere is something else that needs to be considered before joining any branch of service as a single parent. You never know where you will be stationed in the military. That is why it is difficult to join as a single parent. When I was stationed on a ship in the Navy we went out to sea.... A LOT!!! This did not include deployment. Sometimes parents or friends may say they will take care of your kids for a few months or a year for a deployment. However, who is going to watch them if you have to go out to sea every other week (Navy) or out in the field for days or weeks (Army). Your parents may have every intention to help, but this doesn't work if you are stationed in another country or state. By the way when the ship leaves everyone goes out to sea, enlisted and officers. There is no such thing as leaving officers behind. Believe me when I say there is zero tolerance for being unable to deploy or go on a mission or go to a field exercise or whatever because you have child care issues.
On the other hand, as a nurse you may be stationed in a hospital and have "regular" hours that nurses work in civilian hospitals. Hopefully you can find reliable child care for your area if this is the case. Keep in mind there is no way to guarantee what type of duty station you will get. Ok, maybe you will know your first duty station in advance. However, more than likely you will be stationed in different places in the future. You will need a variety of different types of duty stations to have good chances for advancement. I'm not trying to discourage you. I just want to give you a bit of reality and insight into why the military does not like to enlist or comission single parents. Best of luck to you