This was just discussed in one of the SO/GF groups, read the comments, see if that helps.
okay thank you
Deciding to join the Navy doesn't mean that he IS joining the Navy. Like any other job, you apply and hope to be accepted. There are more applicants than available jobs, so not everyone will make the cut. And then the jobs being offered may not be to you husband's liking.
The first hurdle to overcome will be getting a waiver for 3 dependents. The Navy wants to know that Sailors can meet their family's financial obligations on a Sailor's pay. His gross basic pay at 6 months will be between $1547 and $1823 a month plus a housing allowance. I see you are from Virgina, the housing allowance in the Norfolk area is $1419 monthly. If you can't live on this, paying all your bills, no waiver.
Let's see some wives jump in and help with your questions.
"Choose your rate , choose your fate........" Some jobs are top heavy with sea duty. Boatswain Mate gets a lot of sea duty for one. Some aviation rates get plenty of sea time. Sea Bees deploy as a battalion. FMF Corpsmen deployment with the Marines. Most Navy rates have 36/36 month sea shore rotation, not all but most do. I have met Chiefs with over twenty years that have never been at sea. They were able to select back to back to back overseas duty. Some Sailors have done the same with sea duty. If I was a young Sailor going and I had a choice it would be overseas duty in Japan or Okinawa (Japan). Point being there isn't a hard and fast rules about duty stations. Career sailors have to be selective about duty stations and type duty Ships homeport in the States will be in their home 50% of the time less shakedown cruises...............good luck.