How often would you move? How long and how often are deployments? What is housing like on bases? Are bases near good schools? What support would there be for you while he was deployed? Where and when would training be? What is the insurance like? What is living on base like? Off base? I don't know what your personal questions would be, but many people want to know about those.
PP's questions are all good ones but, when you are asking some of them, keep in mind that not all of these questions have a solid answer. Many of them are a case to case basis because not all bases or deployments are the same. H grew up in a family where they stayed in the same town for 12 years. That is unusual but they were fortunate that there were a couple different duty stations in the same area. People also change duty stations at different rates. Don't get discouraged if you cannot get a definite answer on some things.
What you really need to know is what they won't tell you, and what I can't tell you.Posted by Laurelindoren
How often would you move? This depends on where you get stationed. Some duty stations, like Hawaii are limited to 3yrs unless you are granted an extension. THis is bc Hawaii is considered "overseas". Other duty stations you can stay at for your whole career ... it just depends on your job and where it is needed.How long and how often are deployments? Again, this depends on your unit and its mission. On average the Army is known to deploy for 12months but have been known to extend to 15-18months.What is housing like on bases? This depends on the base you are assigned too. Most military homes can be compared to townhomes in the sense that they are connected. Depending on how many dependants you have and their ages determines the size of your home. You are not limited to housing on base. If you are more comfortable finding a home on the local economy you are welcome too.Are bases near good schools? Most bases have schools on post that your children would be able to attend if you choose. You can also choose an offpost option if you live in that zone.What support would there be for you while he was deployed? Units have something called Family Readiness Groups (FRG) which is basically the spouses and family members who get together tostay connected while the deployment is going on. They keep you up to date on welcome back ceremonies and fund raisers and other events. FRG also exists during non deployment times. Other support during deployments and dwell time consists of counselling, parenting classes, free childcare, etc .... Where and when would training be? This depends on your spouses chosen job. There are many training sites around the country and the length of the school is determined by the job.Training also is conducted while the soldier is assigned to a unit. this could be aweek in the "field" or a month or longer. What is the insurance like? Insurance? if youmean life insurance its like any other policy but it doesnt have a "no combat zone" clause. If you mean medical, its free for the service member but you pick a policy for the family members/dependants. What is living on base like? everyones experience differsOff base? everyones experience differshope that helps ...
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