Hi! My fiance just retired from the Guard (31B) and is considering going Active (Army). I think it is a good idea, but am concerned about the security (finances, community, etc.). He grew up in a military family, however his mom was divorced by the time he was old enough to fully understand it all. Most of the information I've gotten about it has been through him and his friend who recently graduated from basic for the second time and is now an 89D. I've read up on the financial aspects, as well as talked to his mom and a recruiter, but I'm curious to hear from those who are living it today. I've heard recruiters are very good at stretching the truth, and I don't know where to even begin in looking things up for myself, as far as reputable sources. We both want a big family, and everyone I've talked to is either single or doesn't have many kids.
Any input you have on going Active with a family would be greatly appreciated. I'm not asking for dollar amounts (that's personal), but I would like to know if you think it was a good decision for your family or lifestyle and what you think of the whole experience, if you don't mind.
Thanks so much (both for your responses and sacrifices for this country)!