@Gerbera: Hat’s off to your BIL & wife! It sounds like they’ve figured out a way to make it work for their familly. (even though being apart for roughly a year would be tough regardless of who is gone)
There are several reasons why I’m thinking of joining.
1) Job security. Despite the fact that I have a bachelor’s degree, I have had trouble locating jobs in my career field each time we move. It’s pretty much like I hit the restart button every 1.5-3 years…and that is frustrating and admittedly hurts my ego. I’d like to invest in a job/career that will move with me. Because of my degree, I have the option of doing a direct commission as an officer into several branches of the Army. I wouldn’t have to go through basic training, but I would attend branch-specific officer leadership school.
2) Financial perks/benefits. As you mentioned, your BIL & his wife have great benefits 🙂 This is so true for any branch…I already have health insurance through my husband, so that wouldn’t change if I joined. Because I attended a private university, my student loans are pretty sizeable; the Army has incentives for incoming officers, and one of those is loan repayment. To have my debt wiped clean would be a pretty HUGE weight lifted off my shoulders!
3) Service. While my political views don’t always match those of our current administration, I have a great deal of pride for our country and armed forces, especially now that my husband is actively serving. I’m currently very involved in volunteering with his battalion/company, and honestly, I find myself wishing that I had a more integral role. Joining would allow me to serve our country, and our soldiers as well.
I hope that gave you some insight into my brain 🙂 I’m still on the fence, mainly b/c I’m having a hard time finding out details regarding deployments, and duty stations (whether or not we will be assigned to the same one, always). Thanks for the insight! 🙂
@Oneeleven: I know what you mean about the ACUs! For some reason, even the most gorgeous girl can end up looking pretty bland in them!
You brought up a great point: ‘getting away’ from the Army. It’s challenging for us to do that now, so I do wonder if the Army would completely consume our life if I joined. I don’t mind that we talk about his job on a regular basis, because I’m genuinely interested in 95% of what he does, so during the week it wouldn’t be a problem….but weekends are sacred time, and it would bother me if I had responsibilities (Staff Duty, Company presence, etc) that took time away from our familiy.
Thanks for the input, ladies! 🙂