(Closed) Not really sure how to feel about reenlistment

posted 6 years ago in Military
Post # 3
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574 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We have not yet decided what we’re going to do about reenlistment, which will be coming up in about 2 years or so (or at least we need to make our decision by then), but we’ve already begun discussing our options.

The biggest questions I would be asking are: have you made a pro/con list of staying in and also getting out?  Does he have a job lined up for when he gets out?  Do you have a place to go live if he gets out now?  What will you do about healthcare/insurance until he can find another job?  Are you employed?  How much will it cost to relocate or could you stay in the area if you are working?  Does he truly LOVE his job and enjoy going to work every morning?

It’s a really overwhelming decision, and I can definitely see both sides.  We’ve pretty much already tentatively said he will reenlist, but that’s because in the Navy you do a sea/shore rotation.  The first few years are on the sea, then you get to go to shore for a few years.  DH’s first enlistment will be totally at sea, so it will be difficult for him to look for a job then, but his second would be on shore, he wouldn’t be deploying, and he gets a bonus due to his job, so it’s very worthwhile to stay in for a second enlistment.

Would your Darling Husband be able to look into doing a non-deployable job for the next enlistment?  I’m not sure how the Army works in that respect, but does he get to go to a unit where he won’t be up for deployment?  If so, maybe consider staying in for another few years to have a solid job/benefits and begin to look for something civilian if you decide to not continue into the 20 year career path.

Good luck!  I’m sorry I don’t have any previous experience to speak from, but I know how tough of a decision it is! 🙂

Post # 5
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574 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Gotcha!  I have heard it’s actually fairly easy for prior service members to get into the criminal justice fields.  I know a lot of police departments recruit prior service because they are easier to train and already have the bearing/mindset needed.

If you’re looking to go to MA, look at the Boston area.  Two good friends of mine found jobs in the Boston public school system fairly easily shortly after graduating.  Teaching jobs are REALLY hard to come by, depending upon what certification you hold, but larger, urban areas often are good places to look.  The kids may be tougher, but you’ll build experience.  It’s also possible that the Boston area police department may have something to offer your Darling Husband as well.

I think Fleet and Family Readiness offers transition classes and could maybe help him find a job or get into the police academy as he transitions out.  

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