Overall I think that the pluses out weighted the negatives. I got see a lot of this beautiful country and interesting overseas countries. I also got meet a lot of interesting people. For instance I got to meet gentleman who was a camera man during WWII. He told some very good stories such as it took 7 tries to get the MacArthur landing in the Philippines right. If you look closely yo can see his wet pants as he gets off the landing craft. Also while my father was stationed in Panama. My father and I got to learn how to scuba dive by a man who was considered to be the best diver in the Caribbean. Unfortunately you do also get to meet idiots like the Zonies who never left the Canal Zone unless it was a trip to the U.S.