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Our Top Picks for the Next Station We Head to.

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As we head into 2+ years of Army service now, my husband is getting ready to reenlist. And this means that we have to decide where we might like to be next.

Obviously that doesn’t always work in the military. For instance, where we are now. We did not choose El Paso. 🙂

However, he does have to pick some places he’d like to go and then work with the person in charge of seeing if there is an opening for him. This works two ways:

  1. There has to be an opening for his specific job at that base.
  2. They have to have an opening for his rank as an E-6.

This always narrows down the choices and opportunities in any field. We don’t know at the moment what would be a choice for us, but many times over the past two years we’ve contemplated where else we’d like to be when the time came. Here are our top U.S. and overseas choices:

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CONUS (US)

  • Ft. Lewis, Washington. This is a super popular base due to the nice location and proximity to Seattle, and we’ve heard nothing but great things about it. I’d love to go just to see a different part of the country for a while. 
  • Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. Sam wants this so he can go airborne, I want it because it’s the South and so many people I know live in that area.
  • Ft. Meade, Maryland. We both think this would be an awesome choice with kids, they have so much to do and see there.
  • Ft. Carson, Colorado. While neither of us are jumping for this one as a first choice, it would be nice to be able to go home to Colorado where we’re familiar with so much.

OCONUS (Overseas)

  • South Korea. People think we’re crazy when we say that, but I’d love to live there. Sam has been stationed briefly and also loved it. 
  • Germany. It’s Germany and that would be freaking awesome.
  • Belgium. I’m not even sure if this is currently open to families, but it sure would be on a wish list.

As with anything, there are pros and cons to each; pets, living in a foreign land, Sam getting sent overseas without us, etc. Wherever we end up, it’s easy to know now that we can make it and be happy just about anywhere. This was considered one of the worst places to be and we’ve actually enjoyed it for the most part. It isn’t pretty, but we’ve settled in and made friends. That can happen just about anywhere.

We should know in a few months where we’re headed next – just the thought of a new place to explore is thrilling. There is all the planning, packing, searching for where to live. We enjoy most of it, even if it does get stressful towards the end!

If you’re looking to move soon, what are your hopes for where you’ll be?

Comments

  1. Megan

    January 31, 2013

    I can’t really comment on anywhere else, but I’ve lived in MD my whole life and am raising two babies here and I think it’s pretty freaking great. 🙂

    Also, my dad was stationed in Germany for quite a while (I was older and opted to stay behind) and he raved about it.

    Hope you get what you want!

  2. Shelia

    January 31, 2013

    we live in Portland, OR and can say Ft. Lewis is in a great location! we LOVE the Pacific Northwest. we’re planning to buy a house this year, still near Portland. just in the outskirts. 🙂 sounds like you guys have some exciting possibilities ahead of you!