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Old 06-10-2008, 02:14 AM
 
Location: central IL
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Hi,
Just wondering if any of you navy servicemembers were ever stationed in SD & VA? Did you like one over the other & why? pros/cons of each? Thanks
I'm currently trying to get a medical waiver to get back in, but this time as a navy nurse. So, just wanting to get more info on one of the two top places I'll likely be stationed (VA, SD or Bethesda)
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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Wow. I've got close military friends stationed in San Diego, while my sister-in-law is in Bethesda (HM3) at the current moment. The biggest complaint I hear is that the cost of living is absurd in those two areas. My SIL says that she has to stay in the barracks because they (her and her friends) can't afford to get a decent apartment at any sort of decent rate.
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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I was stationed in San Diego and I didn't like it. I don't care to go there on business either. I think VA has alot more to offer the military than SD. My son was stationed in Vandenburg @ Santa Barbara and he loved it there. Different world than SD.
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:37 AM
 
Location: central IL
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I was stationed in San Diego and I didn't like it. I don't care to go there on business either. I think VA has alot more to offer the military than SD. My son was stationed in Vandenburg @ Santa Barbara and he loved it there. Different world than SD.
i didn't even know there was a base in SB. Navy? I used to live there when I was too little to remember. However, I went there all the time when I was stationed in pt hueneme. it's def a lil piece of paradise.

would you mind expanding on why you didn't like sd? or is it just b/c VA offers more to military? Thanks!
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:52 AM
 
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i didn't even know there was a base in SB. Navy? I used to live there when I was too little to remember. However, I went there all the time when I was stationed in pt hueneme. it's def a lil piece of paradise.

would you mind expanding on why you didn't like sd? or is it just b/c VA offers more to military? Thanks!
SD is the west coasts Naval home-front, just like Norfolk here.

Both areas have a lot to do. But obviously, SD will have consistent weather all year round with the exception of the rainy season in February.

Traffic is comparable, but SD is worse because of the people who live in Mexico and travel into the US for work.

SD is also more expensive to live. Note California will be raising taxes soon. The govornator does not do a good job at balancing the state's budget. I think they are up to a 10 billion dollar deficit.

SD is a great place for the younger GI. Its a college town. They are more geared toward the party scene. Plenty of colleges to make many friends.
But I'm not sure SD is considered a great place for families. Many of my fellow service members that are single stay there, but most that have families move.

People tend to be more pretentious in SD with this "I not from here originally, but I really want to fit in" mentality. If your more on the liberal side or can pretend to be, you'll have a good time.

With that said, HR is probably more family friendly. Looking around the beach front your more likely to see more families then drunk kids.

So in a nutshell;

SD - Single and want to party
HR - Have a family
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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Actually, San Diego is much more expensive and that is why family oriented service members put in for duty on the east coast. I think the East Coast Navy is more for making sure the family is taken care of while the ships are on deployment as well. The omsbudsmen do a fantastic job helping the families and working thru problems while Dad or Mom is out to sea.
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