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I need advice. My husband will be 27 next month and has always had a desire to join the military. He is currently a paramedic and is looking at doing something similar in the military. The Marines would not enlist him as active duty because we have 2 daughters (3y/o & 8 months) but the Army said they would. The recruiter said with his education he would likely enlist as an e-3 and possibly walk right into a combat medic position after training. Does this sound right or is he sugar coating?

Also what has been your experience with transitioning with young children? I'm currently a Sahm but am attending school while family watches our girls and I won't have that luxury on base. What is daycare like? Housing? Wait lists? Is the Army a good choice?

Any advice would be great!

**We spoke with a Navy recruiter today. They said we'd have to have a waiver for 3 dependents but he didn't see an issue. Dh scored well on the practice test and eventually the conversation led to Aviation Rescue Swimmer. I feel comfortable with choice. It can be contracted in his enlistment papers, and it would be up to him to pass the 2 years of training. The attrition rate is about 22%. There are other interests to him as well in the Navy. We are still discussing things but this is what we are thinking about. Thoughts?
by on Jun. 29, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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USAFamily
by Melissa on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM
It varies location to location.

Quoting SAHM927: How are the daycares and housing? What about doctors and hospitals?

Quoting mom2jessnky:

Daycare, Housing, Wait Lists, etc all depend on the base & what you need. 

Where I'm at now if you need housing that allows dogs you're looking at a 6 month wait, if you just need a house or apartment and don't care you'll get something right away but won't have much say in it (they might give you an area to choose but not your house) daycare here has a HUGE waitlist on base, there just aren't enough providers.

But at our last duty station the CDC had immediate availability, there were tons of in home providers (same deal as using the CDC but it was a person doing it out of their house), housng would give you 10 or so houses to pick from, unless you wanted the one hot housing area (why people wanted that crap I still don't know) but even then you'd get right in.

So it just depends. My DH is in the Marines so I can't speak to if the Army is a good choice or not, it depends on you and your family.

ReadWriteLuv
by Silver Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

All of those factors vary GREATLY, depending on where you are. There is not one set answer for any of those variables. 

Quoting SAHM927: How are the daycares and housing? What about doctors and hospitals?
Quoting mom2jessnky:

Daycare, Housing, Wait Lists, etc all depend on the base & what you need. 

Where I'm at now if you need housing that allows dogs you're looking at a 6 month wait, if you just need a house or apartment and don't care you'll get something right away but won't have much say in it (they might give you an area to choose but not your house) daycare here has a HUGE waitlist on base, there just aren't enough providers.

But at our last duty station the CDC had immediate availability, there were tons of in home providers (same deal as using the CDC but it was a person doing it out of their house), housng would give you 10 or so houses to pick from, unless you wanted the one hot housing area (why people wanted that crap I still don't know) but even then you'd get right in.

So it just depends. My DH is in the Marines so I can't speak to if the Army is a good choice or not, it depends on you and your family.


SusanD
by Silver Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Okay as far as enlisting as an E3 that is very possible. With regards to walking on as a combat medic after training the that's not exactly correct. The way that works is that he will go to basic at wherever, then he will go to AIT at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas. The AIT portion is where a new soldier learns their trade. In this case it's the equivalent of an EMT. Now since he is already a paramedic he could be selected to go to the M6 skill identifier program. This is basically the Army's equivalent of a LPN. Now having said that, he could possibly move into more of a leadership type roll once he gets to his first unit. He would still have to complete the AIT medic training though.
SAHM927
by Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM
What has been your personal experience?

Quoting ReadWriteLuv:

All of those factors vary GREATLY, depending on where you are. There is not one set answer for any of those variables. 

Quoting SAHM927: How are the daycares and housing? What about doctors and hospitals?

Quoting mom2jessnky:

Daycare, Housing, Wait Lists, etc all depend on the base & what you need. 

Where I'm at now if you need housing that allows dogs you're looking at a 6 month wait, if you just need a house or apartment and don't care you'll get something right away but won't have much say in it (they might give you an area to choose but not your house) daycare here has a HUGE waitlist on base, there just aren't enough providers.

But at our last duty station the CDC had immediate availability, there were tons of in home providers (same deal as using the CDC but it was a person doing it out of their house), housng would give you 10 or so houses to pick from, unless you wanted the one hot housing area (why people wanted that crap I still don't know) but even then you'd get right in.

So it just depends. My DH is in the Marines so I can't speak to if the Army is a good choice or not, it depends on you and your family.

SAHM927
by Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:37 AM
What has been your personal experience?

Quoting USAFamily: It varies location to location.

Quoting SAHM927: How are the daycares and housing? What about doctors and hospitals?

Quoting mom2jessnky:

Daycare, Housing, Wait Lists, etc all depend on the base & what you need. 

Where I'm at now if you need housing that allows dogs you're looking at a 6 month wait, if you just need a house or apartment and don't care you'll get something right away but won't have much say in it (they might give you an area to choose but not your house) daycare here has a HUGE waitlist on base, there just aren't enough providers.

But at our last duty station the CDC had immediate availability, there were tons of in home providers (same deal as using the CDC but it was a person doing it out of their house), housng would give you 10 or so houses to pick from, unless you wanted the one hot housing area (why people wanted that crap I still don't know) but even then you'd get right in.

So it just depends. My DH is in the Marines so I can't speak to if the Army is a good choice or not, it depends on you and your family.

SAHM927
by Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Ok thank you. The Lpn position is something we discussed as well but I'm guessing it would be a longer commitment.

Quoting SusanD: Okay as far as enlisting as an E3 that is very possible. With regards to walking on as a combat medic after training the that's not exactly correct. The way that works is that he will go to basic at wherever, then he will go to AIT at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas. The AIT portion is where a new soldier learns their trade. In this case it's the equivalent of an EMT. Now since he is already a paramedic he could be selected to go to the M6 skill identifier program. This is basically the Army's equivalent of a LPN. Now having said that, he could possibly move into more of a leadership type roll once he gets to his first unit. He would still have to complete the AIT medic training though.
SusanD
by Silver Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:42 AM
No. It's not any longer. The schooling adds an additional year on. However, the contract doesn't change. Having said that, the M6 is something you are chosen for, not something you get to select to do. So if he goes to AIT and excels at it ( which he likely would if he is a paramedic) then he could get selected to go to the M6 program.

By that I mean that instead of 3-4 months at school he would spend a year and 3-4 months at school. This would authorize you all to move there during his training for the M6 program. If he enlisted for 4 years he would serve 4 years. I hope that makes sense.


Quoting SAHM927: Ok thank you. The Lpn position is something we discussed as well but I'm guessing it would be a longer commitment.
Quoting SusanD: Okay as far as enlisting as an E3 that is very possible. With regards to walking on as a combat medic after training the that's not exactly correct. The way that works is that he will go to basic at wherever, then he will go to AIT at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas. The AIT portion is where a new soldier learns their trade. In this case it's the equivalent of an EMT. Now since he is already a paramedic he could be selected to go to the M6 skill identifier program. This is basically the Army's equivalent of a LPN. Now having said that, he could possibly move into more of a leadership type roll once he gets to his first unit. He would still have to complete the AIT medic training though.
USAFamily
by Melissa on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM
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I only used the CDC in Texas and it was great. I've only had phenomenal experiences with military medical facilities, including surgeries, pediatric ICU for my kids, specialty care, and general care. 1 bad ER experience in 16 years. We've lived in base housing once in MS, it was fine. The rest of the time we've chosen to rent/buy our own house. We had a dog when we lived on base and had a 30 day wait for housing.

All of those things differ at every location. Once you figure out where you are going to be stationed you research like crazy. At this point, it's too soon for you to really know this stuff.


Quoting SAHM927: What has been your personal experience?

Quoting USAFamily: It varies location to location.

Quoting SAHM927: How are the daycares and housing? What about doctors and hospitals?

Quoting mom2jessnky:

Daycare, Housing, Wait Lists, etc all depend on the base & what you need. 

Where I'm at now if you need housing that allows dogs you're looking at a 6 month wait, if you just need a house or apartment and don't care you'll get something right away but won't have much say in it (they might give you an area to choose but not your house) daycare here has a HUGE waitlist on base, there just aren't enough providers.

But at our last duty station the CDC had immediate availability, there were tons of in home providers (same deal as using the CDC but it was a person doing it out of their house), housng would give you 10 or so houses to pick from, unless you wanted the one hot housing area (why people wanted that crap I still don't know) but even then you'd get right in.

So it just depends. My DH is in the Marines so I can't speak to if the Army is a good choice or not, it depends on you and your family.

ReadWriteLuv
by Silver Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

I'm not a good example. We've never lived on base or used their childcare. We've been lucky up until the last year that I've never had to use on base medical either. If you live more than 25 miles from the base you can be seen by any private physician who accepts Tricare. We got screwed this time because Tinker built a brand new facility and we live right on the line. We had such a horrible experience when my daughter broke her arm, I wrote a post about it in this group. I went ahead and picked up my own insurance through my job, so that I don't have to deal with them again for the next two years.

Quoting SAHM927: What has been your personal experience?

Quoting ReadWriteLuv:

All of those factors vary GREATLY, depending on where you are. There is not one set answer for any of those variables. 

Quoting SAHM927: How are the daycares and housing? What about doctors and hospitals?
Quoting mom2jessnky:

Daycare, Housing, Wait Lists, etc all depend on the base & what you need. 

Where I'm at now if you need housing that allows dogs you're looking at a 6 month wait, if you just need a house or apartment and don't care you'll get something right away but won't have much say in it (they might give you an area to choose but not your house) daycare here has a HUGE waitlist on base, there just aren't enough providers.

But at our last duty station the CDC had immediate availability, there were tons of in home providers (same deal as using the CDC but it was a person doing it out of their house), housng would give you 10 or so houses to pick from, unless you wanted the one hot housing area (why people wanted that crap I still don't know) but even then you'd get right in.

So it just depends. My DH is in the Marines so I can't speak to if the Army is a good choice or not, it depends on you and your family.


cocoroo
by Coco on Jun. 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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I stay home, I pretty much always have.  It would be hard for me to find a job here in Germany.  I have been alone often since he joined.  We lived 700 miles from any family when he went to basic, so I was alone during his BCT and AIT, then after we were at his first duty station for a year, he went to Korea for a year, and he has deployed 6 times.  I just do it.  It doesn't really bother me anymore.  Why is he joining?  How do you know he wouldn't want to make it a career?

Quoting SAHM927: My husband won't make a career out of it I know. What has it been like on your end? Do you work, stay home? What was it like being alone during deployments?
Quoting cocoroo:

My dh joined the Army when he was 21, he turned 22 in basic.  Our children were 6, 2 1/2 and I was 5 months pregnant. It has been good for us.  My dh has 13 1/2 years in now.  We are stationed in Germany now, but before this it was just Georgia and Washington state.  Your dh will have to go to basic training and then AIT.  Then, you will move to your permanent station.


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