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Old 01-17-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Default Fort Greely/Delta Junction

Considering taking a job: Should I drive or Fly? What is the availability of cars, Where would I stay after ariving and is renting/ housing available. Any and all comments welcome
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Fort Greely, AK
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military or contract work? if u'd be coming up in the warmer months i'd drive- its beautiful!! if winter months, fly. there are several car dealerships in fairbanks (100 miles away). they're more expensive than in the lower 48, but not too bad.
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I will be a civilian contract at Fort Greenly. Thank you for the information! Should be coming sometime in February if I decided to take the job.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Default Salary

Anyone have ideas on the Minimum salary I would need to live in the Fort Greely or Delta junction area. I would probably rent based on the expense of owning a house up there. As a civilian, would living on Fort greely and renting housing there be a better option?
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Fort Greely, AK
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you'd probably be able to find newer places to rent off post- i'm pretty sure the prices to rent off and on post aren't that much different though. i'd give courtney durham a call at durham realty and ask her what kinds of places are up for rent right now. she's very nice and will be able to help you get a better idea of what's available off post. if you're going to be a contract worker then your salary should be quite sufficient to support the cost of living up here. plus you'll get to shop at the commissary where food is cheaper than it is at the grocery store off post. it's really not that bad up here- i'd take the job. it'd be an adventure and the right to say you've done something out of the box if nothing else! if you're into hunting and fishing you'll love it up here.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Considering taking a job: Should I drive or Fly? What is the availability of cars, Where would I stay after ariving and is renting/ housing available. Any and all comments welcome
Just make sure that you have the job first, before you come to Alaska. Fort Greely/Delta Junction requires a lot of driving, which adds quite a lot to the already high cost of living. By the way, there are little online "cost of living" calculators, but these only give you a rosy picture of the cost of living. Once you arrive and realize that you have to drive lots of miles to the gas station, to the mechanic, to the grocery store, or to a restaurant, and how much fuel your car uses during the winter (compared to summer), reality sets in.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Thanks everyone for the good information and encouragement to come and experience the great outdoors. I am definately leaning towards that direction.
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