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Old 03-19-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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We're looking to move to a military town in the South/Southeast. I'm planning a new research study and would like to do some preliminary interviews with service members (on health issues). I'm looking for a place to live with my girlfriend for a few months where it would be relatively easy to recruit service members for interviews.

We've visited Fayetteville but found many of the problems mentioned on this forum.

I understand many of the military towns have similar problems, but we'd like to find one that is on a somewhat smaller scale or which has more of an actual town center (and/or from which it is possible to get into the countryside more quickly). (Fayetteville has an enormous amount of strip malls and has few public spaces).

Would anyone recommend, for example, Fort Knox, Fort Polk, Fort Benning, Fort Leonard Wood, or one of the Virginia bases?

Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:32 PM
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Why don't you try Goldsboro. A regular town, kind of, with Seymore Johnson AFB (4th fighter wing, I think) F-15s.
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Old 03-19-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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Thanks! Oops, should have specified though - should be army or marines not the air force.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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Thanks! Oops, should have specified though - should be army or marines not the air force.
Since all the services use the same healthcare system (TRICARE) then why not include the USAF?

For an Army posts, try Ft Gordon in Augusta GA or Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville AL.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:51 PM
 
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You have a lot to choose from. What exactly are you looking for in terms of town? Do you like Savannah? Fort Stewart, Ga. might work well for you. If you are more specific about what you're looking for, I can provide a better recommendation.
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Old 03-19-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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Would anyone recommend, for example, Fort Knox, Fort Polk, Fort Benning, Fort Leonard Wood, or one of the Virginia bases?
Fort Knox: I have never been, so I can't comment. Fort Polk: a very, very country area. If you're looking to a million miles from nowhere, this is your place. Fort Benning: a large Army post, but it's close to a smallish town with a cool river walk area and some nice nightlife spots .. Columbus, Ga.; Fort Leonard: not as country as Fort Polk, but close. Virginia bases -- too many to mention -- Fort Eustis, Va., in the southern Virginia Hampton Roads area is my favorite Virginia base .. it's a pretty dense, suburban area though .. probably not to your liking.
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:15 PM
 
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Have you considered Fort Rucker? (Ozark, Enterprise, Dothan area) We spent a couple years there living in Ozark and my husband working on post. It is not a big post at all. Fort Leonardwood, I would not choose that and the others I am unfamiliar with.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:09 PM
 
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Would anyone recommend, for example, Fort Knox, Fort Polk, Fort Benning, Fort Leonard Wood, or one of the Virginia bases?
Fort Lee in Petersburg, VA. Petersburg is a small city with countryside to the west. Enough apartments where you can probably find a short term rental. Nearby is Richmond with good medical facilities.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:41 PM
 
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I'm not making any kind of accusation, but I'd be aware of OPSEC concerns before telling the OP too much.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:43 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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We're looking to move to a military town in the South/Southeast.

We've visited Fayetteville but found many of the problems mentioned on this forum.

I understand many of the military towns have similar problems, but we'd like to find one that is on a somewhat smaller scale or which has more of an actual town center

Would anyone recommend, for example, Fort Knox, Fort Polk, Fort Benning, Fort Leonard Wood, or one of the Virginia bases?
Fort Leonard Wood, is in Missouri, not the South, but a large post. Yes, I guess also Fort Leavenworth, KS, Fort Riley, KS, Fort Campbell, KY, and Fort Knox, KY

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Thanks! Oops, should have specified though - should be army or marines not the air force.
All Army posts, what I consider to be major in size in the area, in the South, not sure what you mean by "but found many of the problems mentioned on this forum". I have been to all of them at one time or another and they are all still active duty Army:
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
Fort Belvoir, VA
Fort Benning, GA
Fort Bliss, TX
Fort Bragg, NC
Fort Campbell, KY
Fort Detrick, MD
Fort George G. Meade, MD
Fort Gordon, GA
Fort Hood, TX
Fort Jackson, SC
Fort Lee, VA
Fort Myer, VA
Fort Polk, LA
Fort Rucker, AL
Fort Sill, OK
Fort Stewart, GA
Redstone Arsenal, AL
Rich
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