For someone serving in the military, there are innumerable risks. Even servicemembers stationed in the U.S., far from combat zones, working with the complex, large and dangerous equipment of the military can place their lives in jeopardy every day. Working around massive machines like an Abrams tank, a Blackhawk helicopter or F-17, let alone an aircraft carrier is inherently dangerous. And with combat, that risk only increases.
But one risk servicermemebers should not face is losing their children during a custody battle while they are overseas fighting in real battles. Because of erratic deployments, men and women in the military do not get to pick and choose when they may have to leave the U.S.