He probably will have to go to boot camp, then to additional training (A School) for his specific job (graphic design sounds really cool, actually). Most likely, following all of that, he will get assigned to a base and you will be able to move with him there. It’s possible this position is non-deployable, but you will want to check on that.
The perks are that you will have a guaranteed job and income. In addition to base pay, you will receive a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH in military terms), and it is determined by the area you are stationed in. For us, it will be about an additional $1200 a month. Your Darling Husband will also get the option of taking the Loan Repayment Program (for current loans), or the Post 911 GI Bill (for future education, including yours and your children’s). Darling Husband could only choose 1.
The downsides are that yes, you will be apart…. 🙁 You cannot visit or call during basic. It’s letters only, but it’s only for 9 weeks, which in reality, is not long at all. Once basic is over, however, you will be able to talk and visit during A School, at least at some point. If his A School is longer than 6 months, you can move to be with him, otherwise you’ll have to be content with just visits.
My Darling Husband is leaving in July for Navy basic training and we’ll be apart for 10 months total for his training. It sucks, but we’ll be able to pay off all of my loans in that time with my income, then we’ll be able to have better opportunities because his loans will be basically paid for.
My advice is to talk to several recruiters and think about the pros and cons. It’s a tough choice, and you honestly have to BOTH want this for it to work. I am really excited, but I still have my moments where I am sad that we’ll be missing so much time together. But, we’re both excited for how Darling Husband can serve our country and I am SO insanely proud of him for wanting to do this!!
Plus, I hear homecoming sex makes it all totally worth it… hehehe. 😉