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Post by jakandjillsmom » Sun Jun 28, 2009 7:19 pm
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Post by longhornhoney21 » Wed May 13, 2009 9:16 pm
Oh, forgot to add this... I know I said I'd shut up, this'll be quick. :/
The army usually will not move you (I think Infantry may be moved on army expense) until your DH gets through training and is on to his first duty station. Most wives do not move with their husbands, because it becomes cost-prohibitive, but for us we decided being together was worth it.
Good luck on your decision!
Post by DianeKramer » Wed May 13, 2009 7:25 pm
Post by Walshswife » Wed May 13, 2009 3:51 pm
Supposedly, it is completely random, with half going to Sill and half to Benning for college-ops. You are however, going to run across those reserve to active or prior-service (read in-service) that will get assigned to Benning b/c they are given PCSes there. You will also run across those who finagle a Benning slot b/c of special or extenuating circumstances.
So. . . if your dh is college-op, luck of the draw.
Post by Wifey » Wed May 13, 2009 3:46 pm
Post by Walshswife » Wed May 13, 2009 3:36 pm
I know your DH has probably already signed his paperwork, but just wanted to get my 2 cents in. We've heard that most wives stay "at home" until their DH is out of training, which takes about a year for most branches (the length of BOLC III depends on what your DH gets branched during OCS) but some like me and kristinj decide to move with our husbands. We don't have any kids so that makes it easier for us to move, but I know kristinj did it with 2, so it can be done. Not sure about your having a very new baby, you and your husband would have to decide that for yourselves.
Just wanted to give you a little insight about our journey so far.
My DH went to BCT (basic) here at Benning (actually Sand Hill) then on to OCS here, so we decided to move on our own dime to the Columbus area when he went to basic training. We worked it out so we could spend 2 weeks together after we moved down here, so we got to explore the place together, and hang out alot, just the 2 of us. He left for BCT at the end of May, which lasted until the end of July. (I think it was 9 weeks, depending on how long the in-processing is.) Fortunately (because of the time frame) he was allowed to go to the Fourth of July celebration on Benning. He got to call his father on Father's Day, me a few times during in-processing week (if you get a bad connection, it's their pay phones, so don't freak out [I did ] ) and once on the Fourth of July. We wrote letters every day (the only time he didn't write was when he was in the field) so I got to know the mailman's schedule very well. His letters were my lifeline while he was gone.
At the end of BCT comes Family Day (usually on Wednesdays, they do a short presentation, then get released until they have to be back that night) and Graduation (usually on Thursdays, they have the graduation, then have to go straight to OCS to report in, then are released for the rest of the day). My DH had to move his stuff in and "work" a 8-5 day on that Friday, but he was released on a pass for the weekend. (A pass means they basically can't go too far away.) Then he started OCS.
During the first week of OCS, we were able to IM (they could have computers) at night. After the first week, my DH got on-post passes, so since I lived nearby I got to go see him after work. We now know the PX by heart. This is the main reason I would suggest moving to Columbus, if possible, because you get to see him almost every day. He started OCS in August, so his first off-post weekend pass was Labor Day (the 4th weekend, I think). I will caution you, though, not to expect this. The privileges always vary with the company, so you may not get the exact same privileges. Some companies were more strict, some were less. They get weekends off, for the most part, at least one day on the weekend. They can move off-post according to the company, sometimes the weekend before graduation, sometimes the day before.
If your hubby is a college-op, as mine was, he may have to "snowbird" at his BOLC III location while he's waiting for his BOLC II class date. The BOLC III location will depend on the branch your DH gets during OCS. Branching is currently (someone correct me if I'm wrong) based on the OML (order of merit list) which basically ranks all the candidates in the company according to how well they do on the initial PT test, the class tests, and various other "events" during the first few weeks. Then they use the OML to find out who gets to pick their branch first, based on what branches are available.
We are now in the final phases of BOLC II at Benning. When they are not in the field, they do get to stay off post (except for the first week), but they work very long hours. (very early mornings, even as early as 0330 like this morning :/ and late nights, usually after 6.) I've heard that they are not allowed to stay off-post at Fort Sill, so the off-post thing is only at Benning. He worked around the BOLC III class while he was snowbirding, so he tells me that, at least for his branch (Transportation), BOLC III should be basically a 8-5 course. Other branches, like Infantry for example, have other classes that are required, like Ranger school. Again, it depends on your branch. My hubby's BOLC III is only 3 months, but some can even be as long as a year, from what I've heard.
Okay, I know I've talked FOREVER so I'll shut up now. PM me if you have any questions about the process!
Post by Walshswife » Wed May 13, 2009 3:35 pm
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