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Husband considering the Army **update

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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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SAHM927
by Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Did you have children during that time?

Quoting Anonymous: My husband wanted to be a medic in the army as well. He joined at age 22. He went to basic training in Georgia, then straight to ait in Texas, no break in between. Then he was stationed at fort drum in northern NY... And then he was immediately deployed to Afghanistan in 2months after ait graduation and being stationed in ft drum. It was pretty hard on us. I moved up there with him after he was done with sit, but after he left for Afghanistan, I just went back home to California until he was done with deployment.
NickLukeandEmma
by Courtney on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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I believe that three dependants are too many to join the Navy.

Quoting SAHM927: He is also considering the navy. Apparently they have great medical training that could potentially further his skill set.

Quoting SlapItHigh: The Army hospital here is tiny. I have no experience there. I know they are sending the retired Air Force there for their PCM care. But anyone at the Army hospital who needs more than just basic care, has to go to either the AF hospital that's about 25 min away or the Navy hospital that is about 55 min away.

The AF hospital here has a bad history and bad reputation that is pretty well warranted. The Navy hospital is great though!!

The CDC here is very hard to get into. Huge waitlist.
Italiancouture7
by Krystine on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Lol ya I agree here! It seems to vary sooo much depending on the base! 

Quoting mom2jessnky:

That depends too.

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 10:52 PM
Would I be considered a dependent? We have 2 kids.

Quoting NickLukeandEmma: I believe that three dependants are too many to join the Navy.

Quoting SAHM927: He is also considering the navy. Apparently they have great medical training that could potentially further his skill set.

Quoting SlapItHigh: The Army hospital here is tiny. I have no experience there. I know they are sending the retired Air Force there for their PCM care. But anyone at the Army hospital who needs more than just basic care, has to go to either the AF hospital that's about 25 min away or the Navy hospital that is about 55 min away.

The AF hospital here has a bad history and bad reputation that is pretty well warranted. The Navy hospital is great though!!

The CDC here is very hard to get into. Huge waitlist.
SlapItHigh
by Platinum Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:53 PM
My husband is Navy but we are assigned to the Air Force hospital for our primary care.

Quoting SAHM927: He is also considering the navy. Apparently they have great medical training that could potentially further his skill set.

Quoting SlapItHigh: The Army hospital here is tiny. I have no experience there. I know they are sending the retired Air Force there for their PCM care. But anyone at the Army hospital who needs more than just basic care, has to go to either the AF hospital that's about 25 min away or the Navy hospital that is about 55 min away.

The AF hospital here has a bad history and bad reputation that is pretty well warranted. The Navy hospital is great though!!

The CDC here is very hard to get into. Huge waitlist.
NickLukeandEmma
by Courtney on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM
You would be considered one as well.

Quoting SAHM927: Would I be considered a dependent? We have 2 kids.

Quoting NickLukeandEmma: I believe that three dependants are too many to join the Navy.

Quoting SAHM927: He is also considering the navy. Apparently they have great medical training that could potentially further his skill set.

Quoting SlapItHigh: The Army hospital here is tiny. I have no experience there. I know they are sending the retired Air Force there for their PCM care. But anyone at the Army hospital who needs more than just basic care, has to go to either the AF hospital that's about 25 min away or the Navy hospital that is about 55 min away.

The AF hospital here has a bad history and bad reputation that is pretty well warranted. The Navy hospital is great though!!

The CDC here is very hard to get into. Huge waitlist.
SAHM927
by Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:56 PM
Don't they allow waivers often times?

Quoting NickLukeandEmma: You would be considered one as well.

Quoting SAHM927: Would I be considered a dependent? We have 2 kids.

Quoting NickLukeandEmma: I believe that three dependants are too many to join the Navy.

Quoting SAHM927: He is also considering the navy. Apparently they have great medical training that could potentially further his skill set.

Quoting SlapItHigh: The Army hospital here is tiny. I have no experience there. I know they are sending the retired Air Force there for their PCM care. But anyone at the Army hospital who needs more than just basic care, has to go to either the AF hospital that's about 25 min away or the Navy hospital that is about 55 min away.

The AF hospital here has a bad history and bad reputation that is pretty well warranted. The Navy hospital is great though!!

The CDC here is very hard to get into. Huge waitlist.
SAHM927
by Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM
Thanks for sharing! I'm sure your attitude makes a big impact on the ease of transitioning.

Quoting sahmw2010: Sorry sweety, but its the joys of this life. Every duty station he has been sent to, he has deployed within a few months. So when we leave here, i am prepared for another deployment. Thankfully they are supposed to be down to 9months now, but i have no clue. All of his has been 12+ months. Learn to be independent and keep yourself busy. I find with my kids, attitude is everything. If im bitchibg and moaning, not only will i be miserable, but they will be also. So each move is an adventure. We research the area before hand and make a "trip list" on everything we want to see and do while there

Quoting SAHM927: Is there any was they would give you a heads up that that may happen? Because that would really piss me off if we moved only for him to get deployed immediately.

Quoting ReadWriteLuv:

Unless you are going to be finished with school before your husband is finished with both basic training, then medic school, your best bet is to switch to online classes. Either that, or you let him go and stay behind. If you rely heavily on your family, it may be a better option. You have no guarantee that he won't get through both school and training, be assigned to a duty station, and then immediately deploy for a year. My advice is to just stay where you are, with your family, and then see where the chips fall. Lots of people just end up moving back home when they discover their spouse will be gone for a year or two, anyway.

SAHM927
by Member on Jun. 29, 2014 at 11:00 PM
What have your experiences been like? How many kids do you have?

Quoting SlapItHigh: My husband is Navy but we are assigned to the Air Force hospital for our primary care.

Quoting SAHM927: He is also considering the navy. Apparently they have great medical training that could potentially further his skill set.

Quoting SlapItHigh: The Army hospital here is tiny. I have no experience there. I know they are sending the retired Air Force there for their PCM care. But anyone at the Army hospital who needs more than just basic care, has to go to either the AF hospital that's about 25 min away or the Navy hospital that is about 55 min away.

The AF hospital here has a bad history and bad reputation that is pretty well warranted. The Navy hospital is great though!!

The CDC here is very hard to get into. Huge waitlist.
NickLukeandEmma
by Courtney on Jun. 29, 2014 at 11:00 PM
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I believe in the Army with three dependants you need a waiver. Branches used to do a lot of waivers but with force shaping they are a lot harder to get. Why waiver in married guy with two kids when you can sign am eighteen year old with no dependants? It has gotten a lot tougher to get waivets and I don't know that the Navy would waiver that many dependants anyway.

Quoting SAHM927: Don't they allow waivers often times?

Quoting NickLukeandEmma: You would be considered one as well.

Quoting SAHM927: Would I be considered a dependent? We have 2 kids.

Quoting NickLukeandEmma: I believe that three dependants are too many to join the Navy.

Quoting SAHM927: He is also considering the navy. Apparently they have great medical training that could potentially further his skill set.

Quoting SlapItHigh: The Army hospital here is tiny. I have no experience there. I know they are sending the retired Air Force there for their PCM care. But anyone at the Army hospital who needs more than just basic care, has to go to either the AF hospital that's about 25 min away or the Navy hospital that is about 55 min away.

The AF hospital here has a bad history and bad reputation that is pretty well warranted. The Navy hospital is great though!!

The CDC here is very hard to get into. Huge waitlist.
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