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    Sounds like highway robbery by the government!
    Just a feeble attempt to keep us in-state. Taxes and living costs are skyrocketing in my neck of the woods, and people are jumping ship.
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    Hey, watch with the oldish :p

    I am not a teacher by trade (I was an adjunct instructor but only because I was in fire protection first) but I have uprooted my career for my husband. I would say it's easier for us to start over than them. I would not take his getting out lightly (It doesn't sound like you are). Some guys do better in the military. I will tell you that my husband got out for my career, and he is one of those that does better in, and It's a lot harder to get back in.
    Good luck, it's a tough choice.

    If you end up getting married, you could go where ever with him. Have you considered teaching at a DoD school?
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    We've been a couple almost two years, and we've known each other about 15. We aren't engaged yet, but we've discussed marriage at length, and intend to do it when geography and finances allow it. My real concerns are the logistics of the transition, like moving, finding a job, and how long we wait to get married. My own divorce and the rigorous therapy that followed have helped me to navigate the emotional considerations. (I now have a finely tuned BS detector.)

    I agree that it's best to maintain some financial independence. I do have a 403(b), which I could keep, and I would be able to enroll in a new pension contribution plan upon finding new employment, provided I find a position in a public school. The drawback is that I am not vested in my current pension system (it takes 10 years in my home state), and I would be forced to withdraw my contributions and start all over again in the new state. On one hand, it's only five years' worth of contributions. On the other hand, it's five whole years' worth of contributions.
    Wow, 10 years to be vested is a lot!

    What are things looking like from his side in terms of re-enlistment? Is that something he wants to do or was he more leaning toward getting out? I think that would potentially factor into my decision as well. Like if he re-enlists and tries to get stationed somewhere near you that's good, but there's always the chance his career could take him out of state or even out of the country. On the other hand, if he is planning on going career that would make his military savings and retirement look a lot different than if he is maybe thinking of doing another 4.
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    I'm a teacher by trade, and honestly, the job opportunities depend on what you teach and how persistent you are. It's definitely possible to find SOMETHING, but it may not be the ideal job. I teach math and economics, and because I have a masters in Econ and teaching, I can teach from middle school all the way up to community college level math and economics. I teach at the local CC right now part time, but eventually may try to switch gears and sub/get in at the DODEA school on base.
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    Current teacher here...I am looking to move in the next year and will be dealing with the same situation. From what I have researched over the last several weeks and from what I have discussed with other schools: the process of reciprocity will vary by state, but is not too bad if you already hold a teaching certificate. Some states do not require additional testing if you have more than three years of experience. It seems very reasonable to continue a career with the major downfall being the potential for PCSing in the middle of a school year. Substitute teaching also plays $80-120 a day, depending on the district.

    I was hoping to gain new information from this thread, but it seems as if everyone is in the same boat or has the same answers lol so I'm guessing (like with most situations in the military), "experiences may vary" haha.

    I researched schools in the area of my potential move and will be sending letters of interest in the fall to put my name in the back of their mind. It's what I did when I had planned on my first move (it never happened), and I was able to land a few interviews before realizing the move wasn't going to happen.

    Good luck with whatever you both decide!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medic2Doula View Post
    Hey, watch with the oldish :p

    I am not a teacher by trade (I was an adjunct instructor but only because I was in fire protection first) but I have uprooted my career for my husband. I would say it's easier for us to start over than them. I would not take his getting out lightly (It doesn't sound like you are). Some guys do better in the military. I will tell you that my husband got out for my career, and he is one of those that does better in, and It's a lot harder to get back in.
    Good luck, it's a tough choice.

    If you end up getting married, you could go where ever with him. Have you considered teaching at a DoD school?
    Thank you for the insight. I don't take his getting out lightly, and he gives me the same consideration. Before enlisting, he was a firefighter and an EMT, and loved it. He wanted to serve to help people, and is considering law enforcement because "the police get called first." I know, get my man a cape. He's leaning towards staying in for now, but has mentioned a number of times that he wouldn't want to remain in and be a parent at the same time. He'd like to be a reservist at that point, but doesn't want to stay active for his entire military career.

    I wouldn't mind teaching at a DoD school at all, but I'm not sure what my chances of being hired would be. I teach band, and there usually aren't as many opportunities for specialists as there are for general education teachers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d12 View Post
    Current teacher here...I am looking to move in the next year and will be dealing with the same situation. From what I have researched over the last several weeks and from what I have discussed with other schools: the process of reciprocity will vary by state, but is not too bad if you already hold a teaching certificate. Some states do not require additional testing if you have more than three years of experience. It seems very reasonable to continue a career with the major downfall being the potential for PCSing in the middle of a school year. Substitute teaching also plays $80-120 a day, depending on the district.

    I was hoping to gain new information from this thread, but it seems as if everyone is in the same boat or has the same answers lol so I'm guessing (like with most situations in the military), "experiences may vary" haha.

    I researched schools in the area of my potential move and will be sending letters of interest in the fall to put my name in the back of their mind. It's what I did when I had planned on my first move (it never happened), and I was able to land a few interviews before realizing the move wasn't going to happen.

    Good luck with whatever you both decide!
    Thank you! I wasn't aware of the experience factor in license reciprocity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneSays View Post
    I'm a teacher by trade, and honestly, the job opportunities depend on what you teach and how persistent you are. It's definitely possible to find SOMETHING, but it may not be the ideal job. I teach math and economics, and because I have a masters in Econ and teaching, I can teach from middle school all the way up to community college level math and economics. I teach at the local CC right now part time, but eventually may try to switch gears and sub/get in at the DODEA school on base.
    I agree. As a music specialist, it's tough to find "ideal" situations. I've got a great position now, but if the benefits of moving outweigh the drawbacks, I'm willing to make the change. Another option is to teach private lessons (which I do in my off hours anyway); however, I'd prefer a steady gig.
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    Wow, 10 years to be vested is a lot!

    What are things looking like from his side in terms of re-enlistment? Is that something he wants to do or was he more leaning toward getting out? I think that would potentially factor into my decision as well. Like if he re-enlists and tries to get stationed somewhere near you that's good, but there's always the chance his career could take him out of state or even out of the country. On the other hand, if he is planning on going career that would make his military savings and retirement look a lot different than if he is maybe thinking of doing another 4.
    He is leaning towards staying in for another 4, as long as he can do a lateral move to another MOS. He isn't very happy in his current MOS; however, he loves many things about being a part of the Corps, and would like to see another side of it. We're aware of the chance of deployment, but it might be worth the risk. He isn't planning on staying active for his entire career (he doesn't want the "military family life" for our future children), but would absolutely consider Reserves.
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