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Old 06-22-2018, 09:13 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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With all the talk of the new Amazon HQ2, there is a another major city showdown with a new Army command HQ at stake.

Minneapolis, Raleigh, Austin, Philly, Boston

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/0...olis-makes-cut
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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With all the talk of the new Amazon HQ2, there is a another major city showdown with a new Army command HQ at stake.

Minneapolis, Raleigh, Austin, Philly, Boston

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/0...olis-makes-cut
Boston seems like a weird candidate. If I was in the military I would not want to be in Boston due to COL. Austin as well. There are so many better options in Texas. But I guess if it’s all high paying positions...
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:53 PM
 
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Boston seems like a weird candidate. If I was in the military I would not want to be in Boston due to COL. Austin as well. There are so many better options in Texas.
Housing allowances are based on COL. In Boston, it’s roughly 3k/mo. They’ll be alright.
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Housing allowances are based on COL. In Boston, it’s roughly 3k/mo. They’ll be alright.
3k a month for housing alone?
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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To me, the best options would be, in order: Raleigh, Austin...and that's all. Minneapolis is too freaking cold, and Philly and Boston are too congested and have too high a cost of living.

Raleigh is a solid metro area in a relatively low COL area with lots of spacious suburbs nearby, and a good job market. Austin is more congested but compared to the other options, it's COL isn't onerous, and there are lots of suburbs in the area, as well as lots of various military installations nearby already, sort of like the Hampton Roads area in Virginia. I can see it being a "hub" but I would hope that they'd build OUTSIDE of Austin - Austin's traffic flow is pretty nasty.
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:38 AM
 
Location: San Angelo
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Austin seems like the best option and is currently the most attractive and fastest growing city of the bunch.
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:09 AM
 
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3k a month for housing alone?
https://militarybenefits.info/bah-ra...massachusetts/

It should also be noted that BAH is untaxed.
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Old 06-23-2018, 11:33 AM
 
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Raleigh. It's close enough to Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune for support and jobs when soldiers transition out of the military. I know many soldiers leaving the service that would like to stay in the area so this would provide a good option.
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Old 06-23-2018, 01:16 PM
 
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Boston seems like a weird candidate. If I was in the military I would not want to be in Boston due to COL. Austin as well. There are so many better options in Texas. But I guess if it’s all high paying positions...
The Navy has a big research center in suburban Boston (Natick)
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:38 PM
 
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To me, the best options would be, in order: Raleigh, Austin...and that's all. Minneapolis is too freaking cold, and Philly and Boston are too congested and have too high a cost of living.

Raleigh is a solid metro area in a relatively low COL area with lots of spacious suburbs nearby, and a good job market. Austin is more congested but compared to the other options, it's COL isn't onerous, and there are lots of suburbs in the area, as well as lots of various military installations nearby already, sort of like the Hampton Roads area in Virginia. I can see it being a "hub" but I would hope that they'd build OUTSIDE of Austin - Austin's traffic flow is pretty nasty.
Minneapolis may be cold a three to four months out of the year, but it still beats out the likes of Raleigh and Austin - easily.
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