EP 14: Getting Candid With Cris About His 10 Years in the Military (Part 2)


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How does a US Navy service member handle relationships while on ship duty?

What can you expect on your first PCS?

What are the ways you can take care of yourself and your mental health?

In this episode, Cris Balce shares how his relationship with his then fiancée, now wife, was put to the test to the point they almost broke up. Also, you’ll hear about his military retirement plans that will surely melt your hearts.

About the Guest:

Cris Balce was born in Quezon City, Philippines. He holds a double major in Management and Marketing from the Philippine School of Business Administration. Before joining the US military, he worked as a restaurant banquet manager.

He is presently a US Navy Chief Petty Officer. His IG handle begins with Iceman, yet his heart is full of warm love for his lovely family.

Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode:

  • Learn about military lessons you can apply in your life as a civilian
  • Know the value of family support during your military career
  • Listen to a senior navy serviceman's advice to his juniors about career opportunities in the US Navy

Check out these episode highlights:

  • 01:00 - Meeting his wife, Cathly, in college
  • 03:15 - How their relationship started
  • 04:00 - How the relationship was put to test and how they made it work
  • 05:23 - Why LDR is not for everyone
  • 05:58 - How Cris manages his relationship with his family
  • 08:02 - Their PCS experience as a married couple
  • 10:05 - Advantages and disadvantages of starting a family at a young age
  • 11:00 - How Cris takes care of himself and his mental health
  • 14:06 - How he sees himself 10 years from now
  • 16:42 - Importance of military families to service members
  • 18:31 - How the military helped him as an individual
  • 22:05 - His message to military members
  • 26:11 - Promote his wife's business

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The views and opinions expressed on this podcast are those of the host and guests, and do not reflect the views, positions, and opinions of the U.S. Military, its Foreign Counterparts, and/or other entities they represent.

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