Marine to SAHD: Introduction

Marine to SAHD: Introduction

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Introduction to Marine to SAHD Blog, laying out where I have been what experiences I have.

Andrew Ferguson

Hello All,

My name is Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson; I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and did four years of active duty in Hawaii.  In those four years I deployed twice, once to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I was injured during those four years on multiple occasions and still am injured and receiving help from the Veterans Affairs. 


Andrew and Ashland Ferguson

Before my second deployment I met my wife, Ashland Ferguson, who supported me during and after I got back from Afghanistan.  We now have been married for three years and going strong.  In 2011 it was time for me to make a decision stay in or get out of the military.  Ashland and I made a decision for me to get out and go to school full time, utilizing my Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Within the time I got out in 2011, still in Hawaii, I got a job working at a local restaurant while going to school full time.  I eventually quit the job due to us PCSing to Fort Lewis, Washington where we currently are stationed.  Not too long after we got to Fort Lewis I hit the ground trying to find a job, and did so.  I was working as a security guard and still going to school online with the same school back in Hawaii. 

Andrew Ferguson

Soon after I got the job we found out we were pregnant, yes it was a shock but we were ready to become parents and ecstatic.  We went in for a normal appointment and got a surprise like no other, the doctor said, “Well baby one and baby two are fine.”  My wife and I looked at each other with confusion and had to ask the doctor multiple times, “Are you sure?”  We eventually overcame our shock and started planning for two!  Well in December our two little girls were born and since my wife is the active duty member she had the first two months with the girls.  I was still working as a security guard until February 2013 when I quit becoming a Stay-At-Home-Dad.  It was a tough decision because all my life I have worked, worked, worked and I had a hard time thinking that I was going to be bored out of my mind, and stuck with house work. 

Andrew Ferguson

Well that is why I am doing this blog because I could not have been more wrong in my life!  I want to share my progression and tips I can give back to new dads like myself, mostly with multiples.  This blog is for Stay-At-Home-Dads, Active duty parents becoming Stay-At-Home-Parents, and Everyone in between.

Key facts about me, (for those who do not like to read)

  • Marine Veteran-Four Years with Two Deployments (Iraq and Afghanistan Personal)
  • Disabled Veteran-receives education benefits and disability pay from the Veterans Affair(VA)
  • VFW Member of Post 11402 in Lacey, Washington
  • One PCS move, No Deployments as a Spouse of an Active Duty Member
  • MACHOspouse Member
  • MANning the homefront Facebook member
  • Stay-At-Home-Dad (as of February and to multiples)

Marine to SAHD Andrew “Fergie” Ferguson

See also...

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5 Tips to a Successful Military Spouse Career Search

ChrisCam5.jpgYou know, I started Macho Spouse because I couldn't find a job in my career field during our last PCS. Most of us military spouses have probably gone through similar depressing job-searches. But after two years of unemployment, here I am, back in the job market and gainfully employed. This time, however, I have a whole new appreciation for what it takes to land that next job. The following is a short list of what I learned during my latest employment drought.

The first thing every military spouse needs when planning his or her career is patience. Patience, patience, patience. We must understand that our career trajectories won't be as quick, or logical as our civilian counterparts. And that's OK. As long as we understand where we want to be at the end of our working life, taking a step backwards now and then isn't a big deal as long as it moves us further forward down the line. Remember, our life situations can change rapidly, so we don't have to find that “perfect” job today since we probably won't be able to keep it anyway. Focus on building your resume so that when your spouse does decide to retire, you will have a great resume and lot's of experience to land that “perfect”job.

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Video - Male Military Spouse Entrepreneurship

The Military Spouse Business Association (MSBA) is a terrific resource for military spouse entrepreneurs. We list them as a “Spouse Oranization That Rocks!” because we believe in their mission, and have personally used their services with great success. If you have a business of your own, or are considering starting one, we recommend watching this video and then registering with the MSBA. (Run Time: 4:22)


Interview With: Rikki Winters, MSBA Operations Director



 

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