Tim gets to go to sunny Southern California tomorrow for the second time this year! In his defense, it's not strictly for pleasure.
He is flying out to San Diego tomorrow to tour the Naval base and hospital. "Why?" you ask? Well, for about a year now, we have been toying with the idea of Tim joining the military upon his completion of pharmacy school. The Navy has an amazing loan repayment program that only requires a 3 year commitment. Tim has always wanted to join the military. Originally he wanted to join right out of high school, but decided to go to college and meet the love of his life and get married. He then thought about joining after college, but the love of his life sweetly suggested that he go ahead and go to pharmacy school. So now, the love of his life is fine with this possibility of joining the navy. He wouldn't be a pharmacist who just counts pills and checks prescriptions. He actually doesn't know exactly what he would be doing, which is one of the big reasons for this trip. While he is there he is going to tour the housing, the base, and also go ahead and interview for a position. We might not necessarily be based in San Diego, although that would be one of our top picks. We would be at one of the 5 main naval hospitals. Out of those 5, our top choices are San Diego and Norfolk, VA. I love that area of the country and all the history around there. We feel that either of those places would be fun for our families to come visit, so maybe they won't complain TOO much when we move even further away than we are right now.
We don't know if this will be a career commitment or simply the first 3 years. We will make that decision when the time comes. We are praying seriously about this decision. We are hoping that this trip will show Tim what the job would be all about. We are also praying that God gives Tim a clear answer about whether this is the right thing to do or not. If you think of us, please pray too!
If he does join, I will be sure to post a picture of him in his uniform!