Long hours and no recognition for your efforts
Very difficult position at OCONUS location. You are away from family for a minimum of 11 months, at a time. Depending upon the operational tempo, some of us haven't seen family for 2+ years. No access to adequate healthcare facilities. No access to proper grocery stores. Zero entertainment, unless you take a 2 hour ferry trip to mainland, then drive five and half hours to nearest city. No real time to relax, because you spend the rest of the night grocery shopping for yourself and the rest of your mates. Must wake up, before dawn, and begin the travel back to location of assignment because you never know when or even if the ferry is operational that day.