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Old 02-19-2018, 01:12 PM
 
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Good afternoon,

I will be starting my terminal leave around December of this year and do not want to pull our two boys (14, 12) out of school, would rather move during the summer of '19. Problem is finding short-term housing for only 6-8 months. Has anyone dealt with this, and if so, what kind of plan did you come up with? The base I am stationed at offers civilians to live in the off-base base housing, however they will not do six month leases, which I was hoping for, but I also understand.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Aaron
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Is it possible to send them (your family) forward to your new home after this school year? It will mean separation but.... it might be an easier transition. It will probably mean you move to the barracks but you can survive. The military will send your household goods in preparation.
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Old 02-20-2018, 04:14 PM
 
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Oldsoldier,

That is a good idea, however we are not even sure where we will end up, other than somewhere in Iowa. I could send them to my parents, but we are not even sure if we want to be that close. To small of a town for any good jobs.

Aaron
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Oldsoldier,

That is a good idea, however we are not even sure where we will end up, other than somewhere in Iowa. I could send them to my parents, but we are not even sure if we want to be that close. To small of a town for any good jobs.

Aaron
I understand and feel for you. I was lucky on my last days in the active duty. I got stationed 3 hours away from my small home town that lacked any good jobs. So I can relate to your plight.

So here are a couple of questions for you. One what branch of service? If army have you considered national guard? If the answer to both of those than Camp Dodge area is a good solution. If you have a maintenance MOS or are willing to become a mechanic Camp Dodge is an ideal place. It is the National Maintenance Training Center and supports units from around the country with maintenance training. Also it has the MOS producing schools so you would not have to travel very far. National guard soldiers with maintenance MOS's have a great opportunity for full time positions as dual status technicians. It is a great way for a full time job that provides a second pension for future use on top of completing your time for a military pension.

I know the area quite well having been to Camp Dodge 7 times in my career. Twice for NCO schools and 5 times with my unit. The last time I went as 1SG and had the time of my life. Iowa is too cold for me but had I had family in the area well that is probably where I would have ended up.

Good luck in your choice. I know you will think it through and come up with the right solution. Just keep in mind if you have anywhere near 10 years of military service it is very difficult to leave money on the table in the form of pension income in the future. Also it is a way to serve your country and community while simultaneously providing for your family.
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Old 02-21-2018, 07:24 AM
 
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Oldsoldier,

Thank you so much for the kind words and advice. Once I officially retire I will have served 21 years so the pension will be nice. Camp Dodge is only about two hours from where I grew up. I have been in maintenance my entire career, specifically fighter acft mx. I however, don't really want to stick with acft mx upon retirement. I have been leaning towards electrical lineman work as I love being outdoors, no matter the weather, and I enjoy working with my hands and feeling like I did something productive at the end of the day. I know it will all work out, just very stressful yet exciting at the same time.

Aaron
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