Many people feel as it is their duty to serve in the military, others feel called to grow and support a family, and some do both. Being part of a military family can have it's perks, but it also has it downsides.
*NOTE: I am basing most of these things (not everything) off of my experience living in a family where my father served in the US Navy. These things may vary from family to family or even across the different branches of the military.
Many branches of the military require one to be deployed. Deployments are very difficult mainly because the parent could be away for anywhere from 4 to 18 months, but after a while, you become conditioned to it.
Often times your loved one is sent to dangerous locations for extended periods of time. You are aware that it is a dangerous place and every day you worry about their wellbeing.
Being part of the military means you will get stationed all over the place. You are forced to move often, never really having much time to make friends. It is often uncommon to remain in the same place for more than a couple years. On top of that you have little choice where to move.
4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
For many Veterans who server on the battlefield, this is a big thing. They may witness a traumatic event on the battlefield such as watching several people die or having to kill people themselves. This can put a real heavy strain on a family that could last years it not for the rest of their lives.
5. Dishonorable Discharge
This is a bit of an extreme one. For those of you who are not in the know, Dishonorable Discharge is the dismissal of someone from the armed forces as a result of criminal or morally unacceptable actions. This can make a huge impact on a family. For instance, Veterans charged with Dishonorable Discharge will find it very hard (if not impossible) to get a civilian job meaning the other parent will have to search for a job. Depending on why they got a Dishonorable Discharge could also be a huge factor in whether a divorce is imminent. This one affects any Veteran, but it hit the military families the worse.
That is all I have for today. If anyone reading is part of a military family or is a Veterans yourself, do you agree? Did I miss anything? Thank you all for reading have have a wonderful day.