NOT a big fan of the Army right now
Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:25 AM
alaska would be a thousand times better than florida
Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:43 AM
I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by Anchorage. It'll be a far cry better than either time I saw Alaska when I was in the Navy. One of those was on a ship anchored off Adak in the Aleutians for nearly a month.... in February. Spent two winters in Maine, too- coldest I've ever been in my entire life. Dude, I'm from the beaches of San Diego, so I know what you're thinking.
I'd count your blessings and be very happy you're not headed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea or Germany- all of which suck hugely in comparison to where you're headed. New adventure, new beginning and as they all are- a new life experience. And some day your son will be telling his friends- who never even left the county they grew up in- that he lived in Alaska for a few years.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:30 AM
Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:42 AM
Alaska is actually a good duty station. Was stationed at Ft Richardson for 2 years and loved it. Getting climatized will be the biggest issue for you. Stepping off that plane in the middle of winter will give you a shock to you. But once you get used to the cold it isnt bad. Sucks they are doing away with COLA as the cost of living is high up there.
Couple of suggestions go with a open mind and make the best of it. Take advantage of the summers they are awesome up there. I would suggest leaving the wife and kid in the lower 48 if you can. That is the biggestproblem I saw up there wifes cheating on husbands and vice versa.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:43 AM
For those of you who didnt already know, I'm in the army and stationed down in Florida....
Well all of this sunshine and basically my entire life is about to change possibly.
I just got orders for Alaska!!!! That's right, fuggin Alaska. Not usually one to air out my issues here... But damn... WTF!?
Hopefully I will be able to get out of them. I have some connections will well placed individuals, and of worst comes to worse, I'll likely come back to Bragg in NC.
I really love it down here and I hope it all works out. I've begun researching Alaska, and preparing my wife and 18 month old son for the possibility of us having to move. I'd rather be proactive and prepared than not do anything and have to be reactive.
This really really really sucks! My wife is distraught right now...she wants to stay here badly... I'm just gonna pray and hope that it all works out. If God wants me in Alaska for some odd reason, then that's where I'll end up. I'm going to try everything in my power to get this changed.
I guess I posted all of this for some added prayer and maybe someone has lived there. I'd hate to be the only Panthers fan in Alaska, but if I am I will represent to the fullest!
I'm from Miami man... I can't be fuggin with Alaska... The military like any job has a lot of advantages and disadvantages; unfortunately for me this is one of the disadvantages. I'm grateful for what I have been blessed with, especially when some people don't even have a job.
Just need some perspective and a pick me up I guess. Like for real. I know that I'll get the "pack a jacket" response... But this is really my life and immediate future so obviously it's important to me right now.
Thanks for reading
My Brother In Law is a pilot in the Air Force and has been stationed all over the world with his family....including Alaska. He had the same knee jerk reaction that you did when he received his orders. However, they will now admit that it was one of their FAVORITE places they have ever lived.
My advice....go into it with an open mind and you might just enjoy the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful areas on earth.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:08 AM
But then you are gonna find out it's more like....
I heard they give every citizen 200 bucks to allow the oil companies to pillage their states natural beauty?
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:05 AM
Alaska is f*cking beautiful.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:32 AM
Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:14 PM
Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:39 PM
For those of you who lack knowledge on the subject and it's apparent that you do... There are things you can do to change your assignment.
I have been in for just over 10 yrs, so it's not like I'm a young private crying about the situation. It will be a major change going from the beach and 90' weather to the Arctic with subzero temps in the dead of winter.
I have served proudly and been deployed numerous times to both Iraq, Afghanistan, and several more to other countries that I can not disclose. I have never turned down or dodged anything in my entire career. I will more than likely be going to Alaska, but if I had a preference, I would rather not. We'll see what the rd ahead has in store for myself and my family.
Alaska is just honestly not a good career move for me at this point, an takes me further (both geographically and realistically) from my ultimate goal. Unfortunately for me... The Army seems to need me and my skill set there. My fear is that I will be under utilized for the rigorous training that I have gone through. It seems to me that I'm just filling a slot, just another #. It's just Army life. If you've served then you know what I'm talking about, if not then you don't unfortunately but this is the best I can explain it.
I look fwd to my continued service and I know that no matter what happens, it will all work out for the best.
Again thanks for the pep talk
Posted 21 August 2012 - 01:55 PM
If they didn't need you there, they wouldn't send you there.
Suck it up buttercup, you asked to be a part of the Army.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:04 PM
Good Luck, and thanks for your service.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 06:09 PM
Not sure exactly what your MOS is but it could be a way to advance vertically. If it is just a placeholder gig, make the best out of it by trying to advance the wait for on post housing. I spent 2 weeks TDY in USARAL for E and E and it wasn't too bad. I don't think I would have enjoyed a full deployment without some tour guides.
Look on the bright side, no humidity (not like Bragg or Fla) and maybe you can take the cold weather survival course. Plus i hear you cant bet the hunting and fishing.
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