Ahh…Together Again and Moving Forward

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Well, it seems that the time I’ve been waiting for for almost 4 years is finally coming!  For the past 4 years (well, 3 1/2 at this point) The Husband has been diligently hammering away at his PhD.  We live the life of students…humble, dependent, and happy.  I never dreamed that I would still be living the student life at 30.

Early this morning The Husband returned home after a week of traveling the country interviewing at various institutions (not the mental kind) for a residency position.   During the 5th year of the Clinical Psychology PhD all students are required to do a year long internship or residency.  The Husband interviewed at 3 Air Force sites and 2 University counseling centers.  After weighing the pros and cons of each we have decided that he’ll rank the Air Force sites as his top choices.  Hurray!  Coming to that conclusion has not been easy for The Husband; as many people have told us recently, “He’s the last person I’d ever thought would join the military.”  I, on the other hand, am excited and am hoping that he doesn’t change his mind.

I know that deployment is going to be horrible, but it is only 6 months for Air Force instead of the 9, 12, or 18 you’d have with other branches of the military.  I know that we will be subjected to frequent moves, and that our kids will have to leave friends multiple times, but still, somehow it all seems worth it.  I think that in the end this decision will provide us with more family time, job security, and financial security than the other paths that are available to us at this time.  And besides, if it turns out that this is not for us, it’s only a four year commitment so if we don’t like it after four years we can move on to something else.

None of this is definite yet; we won’t know if and where he matched until the end of February, but I am still excited none the less.

So what do you think?  I know it’s our decision, but I love to hear people’s opinions.  Are any of you military spouses or did any of you grow up in a military family.  What are your thoughts?


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  1. Wow that's a big decision for you guys! You sound so excited and sure about it though so I'm sure it'll be a good thing for your family! I hope everything goes great for you guys.
  2. Congrats! Sounds exciting!
  3. I think it will give your family experiences that you wouldn't be able to have otherwise. If they seem to be bad experiences you will only be in there for four years :).

    Your kids are young and in four years your kids will still be fairly young. I think it would be a lot harder decision if you had teenagers, but young kids are generally very flexible as long as the home is fairly stable.

    I think it is very exciting, even if it means you will be farther away.