I have been in the Navy for the past 14 years, and I truly love what I do. I’m also a family man. Unfortunately, those two things don’t mix overly well. While there are many benefits to being a military family, there are a lot of difficulties as well. The largest and most obvious of these is that I have to leave for large stretches of time. Since our daughter was born, I have deployed 3 times. I have also went on countless underways that were too short to be considered a deployment, but long enough to take me away from my family more than I would have liked.
I recently began searching for a new job within my company. For a variety of reasons I felt it was time for a change, and my family was at the front of my mind during the process. I’ve decided to write about some of my thoughts during this process, and I’m interested to hear what other parents think about the job search process when they have a family to support.