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What's Navy life like for the wife of a newly enlisted sailor? Will he deploy often?

My husband is thinking of enlisting in the Navy and I'm worried about us not being able to spend much time together anymore. We have a baby and I'd like him to be around to see him grow up. Will he be? BTW he wants a budgeting/desk job.
Can anyone give us some insight to what our lives will be like please?

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My husband is marine (if the name did not give it away) it can be a hard life! But my husband joined right after 9/11 and loves his job so I support him. As far as how often he goes depends on his job and area we have been married 6 1/2 yrs he has been in almost 10(Jan) I meet him after his 2nd deployment he did recruiting duty long long hrs (moved from cali to wv) then after 3 yrs moved to hi we moved here exactly 2 yrs ago and he deployed after a year gone for training about 16 weeks (longest stretch was 6 weeks) deployed in nov (last yr) home June home 1 day shy of 6 weeks went to a school for exactly 6 weeks and 2 days. Home for 4 weeks and 2 days left again for 2 weeks still has a 6 week work up to do and a 2 week work up then deploys early spring. We have 2 kids and it's super hard with 0 support and for the kiddos but we do it because this is our way to give back. The insurance is a pain in the butt but at least we have it! Housing sucks but at least we have a house. So much to be thankful for. If you have any questions I can share my experience (my step dad was a marine) so I can answer from the kid side and the wife side

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My husband is a petty officer in the Navy and I've been married to him for his entire military career of 5 years. He is attached to the USS Harry S Truman and has been deployed for 2 long 8-month deployments. Around 6 months prior to a scheduled deployment, they go through "work-ups" to prepare the boat and sailors for war. They are gone a LOT during this time period, anywhere from a week at a time, up to 2 months. If we had it to do over, we would've chosen to go with the Air Force instead of the Navy. They do not deploy as much as Navy.
Good luck!

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I know navy deploys quite a bit, but for a desk job possibly not so much. My ex husband has been in over 6 years with the Air Force and has never deployed but has taken a few TDY (these can be any number of months but are often voluntary.) He's in networking (desk job.) I'd have your husband simply ask what the odds are.

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This is very true, BUT some ships are big enough to be considered "floating cities" and need personnel for desk jobs as well. You're never guaranteed to NOT deploy.
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Yikes. I didn't think of that. In that case the best thing to do is ask the recruiter
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I think it all depends on the job you have. My nephew is a medic in the Navy. He#039;s been in a little over two years and he#039;s already spent 8 months or so in Afghanistan and he#039;s getting ready to spend the next 7 at sea on a ship. The best thing to do would be to talk to a recruiter. Just because he wants a desk job doesn't necessarily mean he'll get one unfortunately.

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and unfortunately some recruiters WILL lie to you, just to get ya in! My hubby got jipped...wanted to do damage control/search & rescue and got stuck with something he completely hates lol so be very careful & do lots of research!
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Oh, what a bummer! I'm sorry! :(
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