Re: Money Isn't Everything
I got out of the military because although it was a stable (money wise) job, I wanted to live in Hawaii. I had no college credits getting out of the service, so I had to start from scratch all over again at 24. For a while I was depressed because my friends and everyone else I met had their careers / jobs and life ahead of them, while I was starting over and having to live with family until I got back on my feet. It was a struggle, but worth it in the end.
It paid off, about halfway through school I got hooked up with a temp job working IT + the GI bill which allowed me to live pretty well and pay the bills. It worked out so well that they offered me a more permanent spot. I'm still working there, and life's been great.
I probably am a lot happier now than if I had stayed in the service. It wasn't necessarily a bad life, but nothing beats home. And although getting deployed was a part of the job / contract when you sign up for the military, it wasn't the most pleasant experience. I'd rather go places on my own terms and I don't think the lifestyle in the military was for me, though I don't regret joining. A lot of life experiences happened that make me appreciate life in general much more, and the GI bill paid my way through school.