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Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5670 posts
5th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting The Icebox {MBRD}:</b>" It's a different experience for sure lol. Hopefully yall will get stationed someplace awesome that you wouldn't get to experience otherwise"</blockquote>




I would be ok with cali, Florida or Carolina's.

Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5670 posts
5th May '13

What's on base living like? What are the rules on base and stuff?

The Icebox {MBRD} 17 kids; New Mexico 18558 posts
5th May '13
Quoting Jays*Mama:" What's on base living like? What are the rules on base and stuff?"


Depends on the base. My first base, I got kicked out of the PX twice, once for wearing flip flops, and once for wearing sweats that looked like PJ's while hugely pregnant. This base, housing is separated from the base, and the gates are open, so it's just like living in an apartment complex. It's also run by civilians so there's no military police or anything. In general though, the rules are stricter than civilian living

Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5670 posts
5th May '13

Also if he goes active right away ...after tech school would he be able to come home and help us move and all that before going to the new place?

Piecey. TTC since Jul 2014; 3 kids; K-Town, KL, Germany 63843 posts
5th May '13
Quoting Jays*Mama:" Also if he goes active right away ...after tech school would he be able to come home and help us move and all that before going to the new place?"


Yes.

Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5670 posts
5th May '13

I really don't want to live right around a bunch of 18 year olds. If they were really mature I wouldn't mind but not likely. I'm almost 26 and I have a little younger friend who is pretty mature. .. but she has a friend the same age as her (21) and she acts like a highschooler still. Drives me Batty.

The Icebox {MBRD} 17 kids; New Mexico 18558 posts
5th May '13
Quoting Jays*Mama:" Also if he goes active right away ...after tech school would he be able to come home and help us move and all that before going to the new place?"


More then likely he'll be able too. Depends on how fast his new unit wants him to report.

Jays*Mama 2 kids; Michigan 5670 posts
5th May '13

One more question sorry. .. for the army how often do they typically deploy? Is it common to go pretty often or like once every 4 years?

Sarah ♥ K&K 2 kids; South Land, CA, United States 118514 posts
status 5th May '13
Quoting Jays*Mama:" One more question sorry. .. for the army how often do they typically deploy? Is it common to go pretty often or like once every 4 years?"


It really depends on the job. Most jobs I think the dwell time between deployments is 2 years in the Army. I could be wrong though since my husband is USMC. His dwell time is like 5 months, or has been.

Simply, Mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Upland, 11704 posts
5th May '13
Quoting Jays*Mama:" One more question sorry. .. for the army how often do they typically deploy? Is it common to go pretty often or like once every 4 years?"


My BD went to Iraq & now a year later is going to South Korea. He is an E3 in the army & all he can tell me is he is Special OP but does tech stuff with computers. IUNO he says he can't tell me specifically the job he is doing.

J+D=4 4 kids; Beverly Hills, California 14683 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Jays*Mama:" <blockquote><b>Quoting J+D=4:</b>" does he know what kind of job he is trying for?"</blockquote> ... [snip!] ... He's talked about a few. Firefighter, some type of mechanic, construction engineer or some type of engineer."


ok, well pretty sure engineers go to fort leonard wood for BCT (sorry). hubby is an MP and that's where they go too.

J+D=4 4 kids; Beverly Hills, California 14683 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Jays*Mama:" Anyone who has kids and a dh whose active. . How did your kids handle the move?"


well, hubby joined when our oldest turned 1, so it's what they all know. he has been to 4 schools and is only in the second grade. he does get sad about it, leaving his friends every year. but they also like going new places and meeting new people.

J+D=4 4 kids; Beverly Hills, California 14683 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Jays*Mama:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Piecey.:</b>" Most kids are amazingly resilient. They are capable ... [snip!] ... When dh is at work now he says when is daddy coming home. ..I don't know what I'd do when dh went on deployments if he joins."


mine know daddy is at work, but in a different place. when he was deployed to iraq our oldest was 2, and he knew daddy got on a plane (he made me wave at every plane I saw for over a year) and that he was protecting people in the desert. when he was in korea, they knew he was being a cop in korea. and now, they know daddy is at work in the desert again.

J+D=4 4 kids; Beverly Hills, California 14683 posts
6th May '13
Quoting Jays*Mama:" <blockquote><b>Quoting The Icebox {MBRD}:</b>" he would be ok. Most army folks get ... [snip!] ... drama because I don't have time for it and I've heard about gossipy bitchy army wives. I'm just thinking too much I think."


the first place we were stationed, I made one friend. we were the same age, our kids were the same age, and we did everything together. she had been there longer than me and told me the FRG was a joke, and the wives were all bitchy and gossipy. so i avoided them. but before the deployment was halfway over, she moved back home. I was left alone. I decided to reach out to one of the SGT's wives, and she introduced me to her group of friends and the FRG. it ended up being better for me than having the one friend, even though we were so close. now of all the places we have been, those are the only friends I still talk to often. I think it was a combination of it being our first station, being overseas, and him being deployed.. but we built strong bonds.

J+D=4 4 kids; Beverly Hills, California 14683 posts
6th May '13
Quoting The Icebox {MBRD}:" I would strongly suggest living on the economy so you do have control over your housing then, and also ... [snip!] ... all the shit. If you were to get a job and meet people in the community you'd be less likely to get wrapped up in all that. "


I'll try not to take offense lol.



and if the BAH actually works out to your benefit, live off base. you COULD save money. for us though, rent plus utilities off post would have been more expensive than living on post. I usually choose to live on post, just because I know he will be gone a lot. I find some sort of security in it.