Being in the military, one is given the chance to be stationed in many locations.
Whether the duty location is Overseas, or a Conus base, each one has it's own
perks, privileges, and downfalls. The three main areas of concern one should consider
are family, living quarters , and driving regulations. These may not seem like major
items, but when moving to a new location, it is a good idea to have a general knowledge
of such things to alleviate unneeded trouble and hardships.
It is important to know whether or not family is allowed. Although it is nice for
one to have their family, bringing them along may cause more hardship than leaving
them behind. Most Overseas locations allow family members to accompany the military
member during their tour, unless of course the duty station is considered a "remote
location." Conus locations not only allow family members, there is also adequate
facilities to accommodate them.
If one is stationed at a location that doesn't allow
accompanying family members, it may be possible to acquire housing, but since the
member's family is not allowed he or she will not be able to reside with the family.
Being without one's family puts added pressure on the military member while they are
away. Free time is spent communicating with the family, and schedules are often
opposite leading to a lack of sleep, and lagging performance. Moving ones family to
another location adds strain to the relationship due to leaving behind friends, family
members, and many memories.
Living quarters for those in the military are generally very nice, but they do vary
from location to location. It is always a good idea for the member to inquire about the
living quarters before the move takes place. Packing accordingly to the style, size,