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Old 10-26-2012, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Tayken View Post
Just be careful. As an enlisted member of the military you may be under obligation by contract not to make liable statements against the military and the positive opportunities it provides to families as a career. You wouldn't want to expose anything that puts the military and service in a bad light as an enlisted employee.

(Not being rude here or poking fun. Military contracts for employment under the terms of service are not a walk in the park to understand.)

You wouldn't want to post information in contravention to your terms of service agreement by which you suggest that military life is not supportive of a family needs. This could have an impact on anyone searching the internet for information about a "career" in the military negatively.
Thanks Tayken my friend, that is the last thing I plan on doing. The military is an honourable profession and I am proud of being able to serve. I mentioned the effects of military life on families, and its unique challenges. Here is a study called "Family Resilience: An Annotated Bibliography ", which you can find here. The abstract reads:

"All families are faced with challenges at one time or another. The military environment, however, presents additional challenges for families. Geographic isolation, postings, frequent time away, high-risk deployments, and unpredictability are unique aspects of military life that put stress on members and their families. The quality of life experienced by families is a key determinant of many outcomes that affect the Canadian Forces (CF) directly. As such, family resilience is a concept of prime importance in the CF. This annotated bibliography reviews work on family resilience in military families and similar populations, as well as in society in general. It presents a comprehensive collection of theoretical frameworks, models, and empirical literature on family resilience."

I personally disagree quite a bit with your statements:

Originally Posted by Tayken View Post
Something that employee ("infantry soldier") should be addressing in their career. Same impact someone in a "buggy whip" industry should be considering. Like all the printing press operators who were laid off when the internet hit and published materials declined.

That is *life* not just "military life". Nothing you have described is "unique" to being in the military.

On average today in 2012 and going forward people often have to change careers. The "magical" world of one-job-one-career-for-life hasn't existing in society for quite some time now. Everyone should be working towards being able to adapt to change. Versus project blame that they can't change (careers, employment, update skills, etc...). Every human has the capability to "change".
You know Tayken, the military is great for training and retraining to other trades in the military. You may be able to remuster and then get posted back to the base of your choice, but this typically is not simple, it may take years before there is an opening and if you get where you want to go, you would still be looking at getting posted out as that is the way of life in the military: postings.

Obviously some of the skill sets you acquire are transferable to civilian life. They definitely help with upgrading your education as probably has been mentioned, I'm halfway through a degree.

You talked about there not being any 'safe' employment anymore in our society, well in terms of job safety there are few professions as secure as the military. Obviously this may not apply to safety in terms of coming home from a deployment all in one piece.

However, when you spend a few years in places like Afghanistan dealing withe IEDs on a daily basis, and your job as an infanteer has been to literally learn how to "close with and destroy the enemy" let's just say that adjustment to civilian life may not be all that easy for everyone. And it takes its toll on the soldier and everyone around them. Remember that.

The original thread about what constitutes real urgency in family court is an important point for me, and I apologize to everyone for clogging it up with posts about different issues. I would like to sum up by saying: It's just not that easy for someone to drop what they are doing in the military to stay close to their children. In fact, it can be a much harder task for some members of the military to 'change', adapt to civilian life and also to find employment in the same area as their children. It's not whining, it's a fact.
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