I see my family at the most once a year, I've lost track of most of my friends, and normally work 10-12 hour shifts per day and many weekends. My shift is changed at least once a month and sometimes 2-3 times a week. I've gotten really distant with most of my family and practically seperated myself from them... If I knew how bad it would be I never would have enlisted. Yes there are benifits and I've done and seen things I never would have but it's just not worth it. All you really have in life is family and friends and without them everything is empty. How the fuck do you guys deal with this for 20 years? Is this why people get married so fast? Sorry to bitch, just needed to vent a little.