Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
In many cases, the answer is "Absolutely not!"
What you do in the military influences it, but for many in the military, the reality is that you frequently leave for 3-12 months to a remote location. I spent much of my 25 years in the military deployed to places like Saudi Arabia for 6 months of each year.
I also spent 8 years overseas. The Philippines, England and Korea. It would have been prohibitively expensive to buy & keep horses there.
Further, I was mostly in fighter squadrons. I worked 12 hour days or more. 5-6 days/week. During the 20 years I spent in fighter squadrons, it was so rare for me to leave after 11 hours that I felt guilty if I did.
If you go into the Navy, sea duty will interfere. Think 6-9 months spent at sea. No horses on the boat!
The Air Force, Army and Marines deploy a lot. During the 90s, the Air Force deployed the most. Over the last 10 years, the Army has. Even when you are not deployed, there are field exercises (Marines, Army) and flying exercises that will occupy much of your time.
If you are independently wealthy, you can pay full board for your horse and just deal with sometimes not seeing your horse for 1-12 months. But unless you go in as a senior officer (just joking), the military won't pay you enough to keep horses on full board.
There are jobs in the military that deploy less than others. If you are stationed at a place like D-M in Arizona, there is a stable on base - although full board isn't an option there, I don't think.
But consider this: the Commander of the US Marine Corps once tried to ban first-term enlisted from getting married. Congress overruled him, probably because most members of Congress neither know nor care anything about the military.
My last deployment was to Afghanistan in 2007. I volunteered for it, and had warning. One of the guys on my crew was told on a Friday that he had plane tickets for Sunday...then he spent 2 of the next 3 months in training, then to Afghanistan for 6 months (that turned into 7). That was not uncommon.