I've been contemplating on joining the Navy as a commissioned officer (RN). I know there are corpsmen on this forum, but I'd like to mainly hear from those that have served, or are serving in the health care field.
I've really been considering the Navy as I would like to be stationed in San Diego, and I know that's not always possible. My next choice would be USAF. I'll be graduating from w/ my BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) and am looking for a quick way to pay off my debt. I know the military can definitely assist that way, but I also don't want to get older and regret not joining as I really want to at this stage in my life.
However, I am faced with a few conflicts. I'm Christian (seventh-day-adventist), and joining the military has traditionally gone against many Christian beliefs and standards. I've done a fair bit of searching and understand that defense is necessary, but what the military deems 'defense' draws a fine line between national propaganda and defense. I believe a country is not dictated by the force and power of it's military, but by God who allows it to be.
The bible says to love your enemy as yourself, and as a nurse in the Navy you provide care to not only vets and active service, but also the local "enemy" or local populations in other countries. Please don't take this the wrong way as I have a great respect for the Military and am considering joining it. If you don't have anything nice to say, keep your thoughts to yourself. The decision I'm making is HUGE and will effect those around me and my future. I'm wondering, what are your thoughts?