A Deployment Overview

Hello all! 🙂

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Me and my airman!

First, a quick overview about me and then onto the first post for Becoming Deployment Champs!

My name is Kaitlin Haugen. I am 20 years old, a full-time student at the University of Nevada in Reno and am the game day producer for the Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate, Reno Aces.

My fiancé’s name is Taylor Ritchie. He is a C-130 crew chief in the United States Air Force and is stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Taylor and I started dating October 20, 2009. He was a senior in high school and I was a junior.

On November 21, 2010 he left for boot camp and from there our long distance relationship started and continues today. I remember thinking that if we were meant to be then the distance would only make the heart grow fonder and we would only become stronger and that we did!

When he graduated from boot camp January 20, 2011 I was more in love with him than I ever had been. I had spent two months missing my best friend and realizing that life without him was not only impossible, but unimaginable – as I’m sure many of you all understand!

We have been together for a little over 3 and a half years and in a long distance relationship for about 2 and a half years. It has not been easy, but all the coming and going to and from Arkansas is worth it because I know someday it will lead to staying. This past December he was able to come home for Christmas before his first deployment in January. We went out to dinner with both of our families and he asked me to be his wife.

I have been through high school, boot camp, distance, and now a deployment with my fiancé and hope I can be of help to other military couples.

Together we can all become champions!

deployment-overview I remember the day Taylor told me he was going to deploy. At first I thought, “This will be good
I am ready for this.”

Taylor and I had been through a lot together and I knew one of the last military related obstacles we had left to overcome was a deployment. Needless to say I was ready to get it going and get it over with. However, it was not as easy said as done. I remember being all right about it after I watched him get onto the bus, and still all right on my flight back to Nevada, but as soon as I laid in bed I really thought about where he was going and it hit me. Half of my heart was in Afghanistan
and it was tough.

Luckily, I had a few days at home with my parents and siblings before having to return back to school and that really helped. I also spent quite a bit of time over at his house and his mom and I put together his first care package. It is pretty tough especially at first, but with a good support system and enough to keep you busy the time will fly and you will get through it.

To start off the series I am going to give a brief overview to deployment and answer some pretty basic questions. These were the first things running through my mind when Taylor told me that he was deploying.

deployment_overview.2  In the Air Force, deployment time depends on your significant other’s job. However, most USAF deployments are between 4 and 6 months. Taylor is a C-130 crew chief and because they have to rotate out the planes that are overseas he was only over there for a little over 4 months.

deployment_overview.1 This was probably one of my biggest concerns. Because Taylor and I are in a long distance relationship we talk and text everyday and try to Skype as often as possible. Right before he left we would have movie date nights over the phone where we would choose a movie on Netflix and hit play at the same time. I got used to our routine and knew that with him being overseas it was going to change.

However, it really doesn’t change – it’s just different. Because they have Wi-Fi over there, they are able to get on social media sites and Skype, so we would Skype quite a bit and used Facebook messenger everyday.

There are also other apps that can be downloaded like Viber that allows you to call and receive calls from overseas free of charge. I have a few other friends who either have a spouse, or parent in the military who strongly suggest downloading this app. Make sure it is downloaded before your significant other leaves the United States or else they will not be able to download it overseas. Taylor and I made this mistake, but he was able to download an app called Magic Jack that gave him a new number while he was deployed, which allowed him to call me. I did not need the app for it to work. He would just call my regular phone number from a different number that the app gave him and we would be able to talk on the phone.

Communication is important in becoming a deployment champion. I will dive more into communication later on in the series!

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Remember - Silence means Security! Keep our loved ones safe by staying hush about deployment dates and arrivals.

Remember – Silence means Security! Keep our loved ones safe by staying hush about deployment dates and arrivals.

In today’s social media driven world, the Air Force has been very hushed about deployment departure and return dates.

For Taylor’s deployment they told us he could be leaving anywhere from January 3rd-10th. About 4 days before he left, he got a phone call to report to the squadron building on January 6th to leave for Afghanistan. So if you want to be there to see your airman off make sure you have an open schedule! It is frustrating, but with the rising popularity of social media sites it is just what they have to do for security purposes. Luckily for me it was my winter break from school when Taylor was scheduled to deploy.

After he was in Nevada for Christmas, he and I flew back to Arkansas together on December 30tth and I was with able to be with him until he deployed. I bought a one-way ticket because I was not sure when I would be flying back and how many days I was going to get with him before he left, so if you are in a long distance relationship like I am, make sure you have money saved just for plane tickets. Getting to deployment departures and arrivals is not cheap because you are given the dates in such short notice.

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Just like when they deploy, knowing when they are coming home is something you will not know until last minute. When Taylor left we thought he would be coming home May 15th, but once he got there they told him it would be anywhere from May 15th-25th. Once again this is frustrating, but just remember it is a safety precaution taken by the Air Force to ensure the safety of your airman.

It was not until May 3rd that I knew that the exact day he would be coming home would be May 20th. Normally I have a full Facebook countdown about going to see Taylor, but I knew how important it was to keep it off social media. It was not until his plane landed on the flight line and I was in his arms again that I put anything on Facebook.

deployment_overview.5 The answer to this question is different for everyone – My best advice is to keep busy and find some sort of a support group.

There are support groups for wives that your airman’s section will have that you can join. When I went to see Taylor off, the wives of his section were there and if you were a wife you could sign up and receive invitations to different events they hold during the deployment. It is a good support system and a good way to get to know the other spouses in your airman’s section.

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Right before he deployed… Hard day, but next Thursday I’ll give you more insight on What to Expect Before Deployments!

For me though this was different because I am not a wife and I live in Nevada. Luckily for me I have some great friends and I live a little less than an hour away from Taylor’s family and mine. They were all very supportive and always there for me when I needed them.

The other thing is to keep busy. Thankfully, this was not tough for me. I took 16 credits in the spring semester while Taylor was deployed and it definitely kept me busy. I also have a job, which I absolutely love. I was so focused on making my grades, performing well at work, and keeping in contact with Taylor that before I knew it I was done with my sophomore year of college and he was out processing from Bagram, Afghanistan and getting ready to begin his journey home.

Next week I will be posting about What to Expect Before Deployment, what that last day with your airman is like and what to expect when you show up with your significant other at their squadron building to see them off. This is a hard day, but I am hoping I can help make it a little easier 🙂

Until then,

Kaitlin

Becoming Deployment Champs! Posts:

Stay tuned for Kaitlin's Week 2 post next Thursday - and for Army Wife guest blogger Marjorie's first post soon! Exciting things happening here at The Real Sweetheart! -Lauren

Stay tuned for Kaitlin’s Week 2 post next Thursday – and for Army Wife guest blogger Marjorie and her first post coming soon! Exciting things happening here at The Real Sweetheart! -Lauren

Becoming Deployment Champs – June Series

Champions.

After this this month’s series, you’ll be exactly that – deployment champs. So without further ado, I’m excited to introduce the June Series at The Real Sweetheart: Becoming Deployment Champs!

Not only are we doing a new series, but we also have two guest bloggers this month – Kaitlin Haugen and Marjorie Santiago! Both are significant others of soldiers and have dealt with deployments and are here to share their wisdom to fellow newbie wives! I’m thrilled to have them on board!

*Little Photo Bios Below!*

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 So stay tuned every week! The bloggers here will be throwing deployment wisdom out to you left and right. You’ll be a champ before you know it! Be prepared to kick deployments in their butt! HOOAH! (okay, okay – I know the hooah was dorky, but I had too… 😉 )

Lauren

Becoming Deployment Champs! Posts:

Week 5 – How To Relax During a PCS!

Play, Laugh & Smile.

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Great site to plan a road trip! *Week 5 of A Month to PCS at The Real Sweetheart*

Those three things are key to a relaxing and fun PCS. With the overall process being a tad stressful on everyone, including the kiddos, why not make one of the last steps of the journey a fun one?! So, try out a few of the suggestions below on your next PCS to make it a special, fun and relaxing one!

  • Make your PCS into a Road Trip.

*Try using roadtrippers.com – it’s an amazing site that not only gives you the directions, but also has entertainment, food, historical place suggestions and more! I’m not saying you have to stop at every sight seeing place, but try a couple to make memories!

  • Consider taking extra leave during a PCS.

*Now this one may seem weird, especially considering your spouse is probably taking PCS leave (Permissive TDY) already, but taking an extra 5 days of personal leave can make the PCS more enjoyable due to an extended time frame.

  • Instead of staying at a hotel overnight, try meeting up with family in an area.

*On our way up to Fort Lewis from Reno, we stopped at Blair’s Aunt’s and Uncle’s place in Klamath Falls and stayed the night. Not only was it nice to catch up with them, but also nice to feel welcomed by family in the middle of our move.

  • Pack games or make up games to play in the car.

*This is one that I loved to do when I was younger – the license plate game. Seriously it had me on lookout for hours. What you do is write down the 50 states on a piece of paper, then every time you see a state license plate you check it off your list. Plates from outside of the states like British Columbia were extra points. I never saw an Alaska plate when I was little and it infuriated me! Anywho, just an idea – try this or make one up of your own! Any games are fun!

A fun little box of questions to ask on the road!

A fun little box of questions to ask on the road!

  • Try making road trip question cards or buying some.

*Table Topics conversation starters are too fun! Years ago I bought a set of these to ask my dad questions about the ’70s at dinner time. It was funny to see how he answered, and interesting to see what he would laugh or smile about! Try picking up a Family Edition set or one of their many other fun sets! Both you and your kids will be laughing and (best of all) talking!

So I want to know – what do you do to make a PCS more relaxed or enjoyable?

Lauren

*I can’t believe it’s already been 5 weeks since I started this series and with it being the last post of *A Month of PCS*, stay tuned for June’s mini series going to be announced next Monday! Have a great weekend!

Previous Posts for *A Month of PCS*

Week 1 – The Basics to a PCS!

Week 2 – On or Off Post?

Week 3 – Who Moves Our Things?

Week 4 – Making the Move!

Getting Ready to Make the Move – PCS Style!

Packing Up and Moving Out.

Try bulk packing hanging clothes by surrounding them with a clean trash bag! *Photo and Idea by

Try bulk packing hanging clothes by surrounding them with a clean trash bag! *Photo and Idea by The Wicker House blog.

This part of a PCS is probably the most calming for me, because I’m dealing with things I know. This is time to organize, throw away any junk and clean! So pop a DVD, or two, or three, into the player and get to packing!

Here are Some Packing Tips to Help You Out!

  1. Start packing the little stuff first. Knick-knacks, pictures, art on the wall – Dust it off and pack it up! *Head to U-Haul and pick up packing paper. Make sure to use it liberally!
  2. Pack well. *Remember you are not moving across town with a PCS. Boxes should be packed tightly, yet not overpacked. The right size box for the right stuff works wonders!
  3. Go to the Dollar Tree and get Color Coding Labels. *These colored dots make it easy to tell what boxes are for what room.
  4. Go tape happy when securing the boxes! *I promise you won’t be sorry! Even try using masking tape on mirrors or picture frame glass – this gives the fragile object a little more support during the move.
  5. If you have extra time, number the boxes and write the contents down on a Packing List. *This way you can make sure no boxes were lost during the move if the military is moving you. And if one was lost, what the contents inside them were.
  6. Leave the kitchen and bathroom for last. *Your family will be thankful they can still make something to eat!
  7. Plan ahead outfits to keep out and rotate washing. *This will keep you out of digging through your boxes a couple days later. Trust me – I was one of those box diggers and wished I had just planned out my outfits! Remember to wear moving clothes – not sundresses! *Guilty*
  8. Give yourself enough time to be able to clean your house/apartment before you leave. *Plan ahead!
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Number your boxes to insure none were lost during a move. Great for those who are having the military move them or doing a partial DITY move!

Important Paperwork & Things to Keep On Hand

  • Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificate
  • Social Security Cards, Passports
  • IDs for anyone over the age of 10
  • Car information (registration, insurance, car title)
  • School, Employment, Pet and Bank Records
  • Medicine that is currently being taken and extras like Benadryl, ibuprofen, etc.
  • Checkbooks *To avoid any identity theft!
  • A Packing List *This is just for you to stay organized!

And probably the #1 thing to keep on hand during a move…

  • The Official Orders

Most of these are common sense, but dealing with a PCS can be stressful, so keep a check list for yourself to stay on track!

Lauren

Month of PCS – Who Moves Our Things?

The Big Move.

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Let the packing begin!

Not going to lie – this post is a biggie. So let’s get started!

When it came to Blair and I making our first PCS up to Fort Lewis, we instantly knew how we wanted to move – DITY Style. 😉 That being said, doing your own move isn’t the only option and isn’t meant for everyone; you can do it yourself (DITY), kind of do it yourself (Partial DITY) or let the military move you!

First thing first is to evaluate your current life situation and personality before deciding though! So:

  1. Do you have children or a dog?
  2. Are you moving over 700 miles with this PCS?
  3. Are you able to spend $1000+ out of pocket right now?
  4. Do you have multiple cars?
  5. PCS-ing during Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter?
  6. Are you a “road tripper”?
  7. Are you able to live without your belongings for possibly a month or longer?

Some of these questions may seem weird for newbie military wives to ask themselves, but trust me when I tell you that answering these are a must to happily PCS-ing stress free!

If you answered YES to Questions 1, 2, 4 and Fall/Winter for 5, having the Military move you may be the best bet!

If you answered YES to Questions 3 & 6, NO to 7 and Spring/Summer for 5, DITY moves may be for you!

It’s vital to sit down with your sweetheart after answering these and talk it out. PCS-ing is a team effort, so make sure you are on the same mind-track when it comes to how you’ll be moving!

Now onto the next step – setting up your move!

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Which move did you pick?

This section is split into 3 parts: DITY Move, Partial DITY Move and Military Move. While some of the steps may vary, the basics and key steps are included!

DITY Move:

  • As soon as the Official Orders are in, contact your apartment office, landlord, etc. and notify them of the move. *The Official Orders will have the report date for your Active Duty spouse on it, so make sure to give enough notice keeping the actual move in mind.
  • Do research and book your rental truck. *We saved so much by using Penske (Hertz). Our 1-way 5 day rental cost was about $600 for a 26 foot truck. Pretty good considering the same for a Uhaul was way over $1000! Also, the point of booking ahead is to ensure they have that truck on the date you want.
  • Plan out the drive and make day goals. *For instance, we drove from Nevada to Washington – a 722 mile drive. Day 1 was used to pick up the rental truck and load it. On Day 2, we set a goal of leaving and making it to Southern Oregon and staying with family to help out with the expenses. For Day 3, we set the goal of making it to Fort Lewis. And Day 4 to unpack and return the rental truck.

Partial DITY Move:

  • Notify your apartment office, landlord, etc. of the move.
  • Set up the move with a Private Moving Company – Do research first for the best rate!
  • Plan accordingly with the Moving Company – are you going to follow them? Are you going to drive straight there and have them meet up with you? Are they going to leave before you?
  • Still make Driving Goals for yourself. *Obviously if your family is flying you don’t need to make these goals.

*Still consider the notes from the previous section – DITY move – when planning a Partial DITY Move.

Military Move:

  • Notify your apartment office, landlord, etc. of the move.
  • Contact your military branch’s nearest base’s Transportation Office. *If you aren’t near a base, this may cause some problems with the military moving your things. Never hurts to try and call though! Blair and I ran into this seeing as though the nearest base was Navy and we are Army. That is one of the reasons why we ended up moving ourselves!
  • Pack your things beyond super well! *The military is notorious for being rough with boxes and furniture!
  • Plan your drive or flight time accordingly. *Give yourself enough time to get to your new Duty Station and mentally prepare for the days ahead. You won’t want to plan on following the military movers – military movers can take up to a month, if not more, to arrive with your belongings.

*Despite this move not being a DITY, previous notes are still good to consider!

STOP HERE – IMPORTANT INFO! If your landlord tries to tell you that you are breaking the lease by moving out before the end date and that you have to pay extra fees due to that, pull out your Military Lease Clause knowledge! You are protected! To learn more, check out Military OneSource’s page on this here.

Alright- next section is some tips on how you DITY movers can actually make money during this move! Let’s go!

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moneymoneymoneyTips and Tricks on Making $$$ off of your DITY Move:

*I actually just sent these to a newbie wife I’ve been talking to the past couple of weeks, and I think it fits perfectly into this post! So a shout out to Melanie and her family! Her husband gets home from AIT very soon (Yay!) and then it’s moving time!

  • Rent smart. Like I said, we used Penske (Hertz) and it was by far the cheapest. And they have a military discount!
  • Weigh the rental truck after it’s been completely loaded and is completely full with gas. You have to provide weight tickets to get reimbursed, so why not make it weigh the most it can! *You have to use weighing stations at truck gas stations like Love’s. The state weigh stations won’t help you.
  • That goes for the final weight ticket too. Weigh it when you have completely unloaded and gas isn’t full!
  • Keep every single moving receipt in a Manila Folder. You get reimbursed for a certain amount of lodging and food a day. *If you want to make a little more money in the long run, just buy lunch meats, snack foods, etc. for food to stay away from paying out of pocket for full on meals at restaurants.
  • Mark mileage!

Something to note is that ranks have different weight limit amounts you’ll be reimbursed for during a DITY move. Make sure to look for your spouse’s rank weight limit when it comes to moving things! *For the most part, I’m pretty sure you all will be fine when it comes to your stuff though. We moved a lot in a 26 foot truck, including a TON of heavy heavy furniture and still met the weight limits! But better to be safe than sorry!

Phew! That was long, but I hope it gave some of you newbie wives a place to get started! If you’re a military wife and have some PCS tips, tricks or recommendations of your own make sure to send them my way by emailing therealsweetheartblog@gmail.com or commenting below!

Happy PCS-ing!

Lauren

Other Posts for *A Month of PCS*

Week 1 – The Basics to a PCS!

Week 2 – On or Off Post?

Week 4 – Making the Move!

Week 5 – How to Relax During a PCS!

How To: Get A National Parks Pass for FREE

Summertime.

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Our 2013 National Parks Pass – We can’t wait to use it!

I can feel it coming and I’m excited! Camping, hiking, and just being outside makes me very happy. So although it’s been pouring on and off here for the past 24 hours, I decided to go out and get our first Military National Parks Annual Pass for 2013!

Now the best part about getting the pass this year? It was completely, totally, no-fees free. That’s right – FREE.

But before you run out your door, please note that this is only available for Active Duty Military! (Civilians pay the standard annual pass costs.)

If you are in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area, head South to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge to pick up one for you and your family! You can also pick up one at any National Park Ranger Station or National Wildlife Refuge Office if you are stationed somewhere else. 🙂 All you will need to bring with you is your Military ID!

The ranger I spoke to at Nisqually explained that the Annual Pass – Military comes along with some extra steps when using them:

  1. Do not lend the Military Annual Pass to other family or friends.
  2. To successfully enter the National Park or Refuge, you will need to show your Military ID along with the pass itself.
  3. The pass will allow other passengers entrance into the parks. Meaning, you, your active duty spouse and any other passengers inside the car will be allowed into the park – so not just those with Military IDs!
  4. Both you and your active duty spouse will sign the back of the pass. So if you just so happen to forget your Military ID and your spouse has their’s, you will still be able to successfully enter the park when he gives his CAC Card to them.

For more FAQs on Military Annual Passes, check the U.S. Geological Survey’s Military Pass Site here.

Enjoy!

Lauren

P.S. Today marks Blair’s first year in the Army. It’s hard to believe that last Mother’s Day I was dropping him off at the recruiter’s and now a year has already passed. I’m extremely proud of him for who he has become throughout this whole experience and proud of him for all that he has done. This also goes for all the soldiers already out there – without you guys, we would not be a FREE country! Thank you for your service!

On or Off Post?

militaryspouseappreciation 2First of all – Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

Today is a day to pat yourself on the back! It takes a lot to be a military spouse – dealing with deployments, early mornings, late nights and those 24 Hour Shifts! The list goes on!

But go ahead and treat yourself to something! Trust me. Don’t feel guilty! I’m sure your solider wouldn’t mind you spoiling yourself just a little, because I can promise you that he is extremely thankful and appreciative for the love, respect and laughs you  give him.

Want to buy something little for yourself and save some money? Here are some places that offer Military Discounts!

  1. Old Navy – 10% off the first of the every month (the Old Navy here has the military discount everyday, so check your’s out!)
  2. Aeropostale – 20% off with valid military id
  3. Lady’s Foot Locker – 20% off
  4. Eddie Bauer – 15% off
  5. Payless Shoe Source – 10% with valid military id

Now to Week 2 of *A Month to PCS*! – On Post or Off Post?

categoriesPicking Your Home.

When it comes to PCS-ing, one of the most stressful and difficult things is finding a place you can comfortably call home.

But a good starting place is to consider whether you plan to live On Post or Off Post.

Below are some pros and cons of each broken down into categories! Remember to keep a list of your own Pros and Cons list as well!

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1. Proximity

Pros:

  • The drive is considerably shorter due to not commuting – wake up times are later due to less of a commute.
  • Some bases have bike lanes available to avoid driving and gas costs.
  • Your spouse can come home easily to shower after PT and eat.
  • You are closer to base amenities: PX, commissary, base hospital, etc.

Cons:

  • Your spouse is closer to work, so he or she might be more likely to be called in for a 24 Hour Shift or details.
  • Your spouse might feel like they never truly are able to leave the “work environment”.

2. Style of Life

Pros:

  • You live the true military lifestyle – everyone around you is serving!
  • The MPs (military police) are constantly patrolling – sense of protection.

Cons:

  • You may feel like you are never able to get away from the military lifestyle.
  • You have to enter through the base’s gate to get home if you leave post *Don’t ever forget your military id!*

3. Housing

Pros:

  • You don’t pay any rent or utilities!

Cons:

  • Extra amenities such as Cable and Internet come out of your pocket.
  • No BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) *essentially you are trading your BAH for the ability to live on post rent and utility free*
  • Inspections of the housing is not uncommon.
  • Wait lists for Base Housing are typically long.
  • There are certain dog breed restrictions.
  • The housing you are given depends on your rank and what is available. *Quality and size grows as the rank grows*

*Make sure to do research on Base Housing for your specific base. I’ve found that Base Housing websites are hard to find, but don’t give up!

*Note: If you are looking to apply to Base Housing and your spouse if still in AIT or OSUT, it may be more difficult for you to apply due to not having Official Orders in hand. Call your base’s housing office for more information – Some bases may vary on this.

4. Area

Pros:

  • Well maintained.
  • Most bases have parks, dog parks, and activity centers (movie theater, bowling alley, etc.).
  • You have easy access to the commissary and PX.

Cons:

  • Proximity to schools may be far.
  • Noises (artillery, ranges, aircraft, etc.) can be considerably loud.
  • Proximity to shopping malls and different types of restaurants may be far.

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1. Proximity

Pros:

  • Your spouse is able to “get away” from the work environment living off post.
  • Not as quickly called in to fill on 24 Hours Shifts or details since you live off post.

Cons:

  • Your spouse will have a commute time – Wake Up times will be earlier due to commute.
  • Not able to come home during the day as easily.
  • Gas costs.

2. Style of Life

Pros:

  • You get to choose what school district you live in.
  • Closer to everyday stores and restaurants like Wal-Mart, Chili’s, Target, etc.
  • Able to get away from the military lifestyle!
  • Public parks and dog parks are available for you to enjoy (amount and proximity may vary).
  • You can easily go to places off base as you please  *Meaning you don’t need to get off post to go to the mall then go through the gate to get back on!

Cons:

  • You have to drive commute to base to shop at the Commissary and PX.
  • If you have a medical emergency, you have to commute to the base’s hospital  *This depends on whether you have TriCare Prime or Standard. Also, some neighboring cities and towns of the base have Urgent Care Clinics available for you to go to!

3. Housing

Pros:

  • You get to choose where you live, whether that is in a house, townhouse, condo or apartment! The options are endless!
  • More dog friendly housing options available.
  • You receive BAH to compensate for Housing and Utility costs. *BE SMART with your money! You may be able to save money each month if you plan and spend wisely when it comes to rent. 🙂 Blair and I pocket about $300 a month that goes directly towards savings – I’ll do a post about how to save money while living off post in the near future!
  • Extra BAH money can go towards cable and Internet (not out of pocket!)

Cons:

  • You have to pay rent and utilities.
  • You may not have a yard to let your children or pets play on.
  • You may not have neighbors who are also in the military.

*To figure out your BAH, check here!

4. Area

Pros:

  • Military caused noises won’t be as loud.
  • Neighbors may not be in the military – a chance to grow
  • Easy access to typical stores, restaurants and malls.
  • Parks and Dog Parks may be available.

Cons:

  • Crime rates may vary depending on the area.
  • May not be well maintained.

*Always check out your base’s Military Spouse Facebook page! Ask them questions on what areas to look for housing at and what areas to stay away from. They live there and will be able to help! Maybe even ask what apartments are nice or if anyone is renting their house?

So I’m challenging you! Grab your sweetheart tonight and make your Pros and Cons list on finding housing when PCS-ing. Are school ratings important to you? Proximity to base? How about living on post? Bothered by plane noises? The Pros and Cons for living On or Off Post go on!

Just make sure to take your time and really consider what is best for you and your family!

Lauren

Other Posts for *A Month of PCS*

Week 1 – The Basics to a PCS!

Week 3 – Who Moves Our Things?

Week 4 – Making the Move!

Week 5 – How to Relax During a PCS!