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Post by stargazre5k » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:44 pm

or jets is what I should have said

Post by Snapper » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:17 pm

Ok, 2 "dumb" questions:

What is SO?

What are "tailhooks"? Would this be the Growler, for example?
SO = Significant Other

I'd Google tailhooks. I think they are on more than just the Growler.

Post by stargazre5k » Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:11 pm

Ok, 2 "dumb" questions:

What is SO?

What are "tailhooks"? Would this be the Growler, for example?

Post by Britt » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:43 am

Hmmm.... Are you sure about that.... Im being told by other women in Pensacola that they just made a new rule in Pensacola that you have to be married to live with the man that your with. And that the boys have to live in BOQ's or in a duplex type center with other pilots. How do i know what is correct?? :/
Hope to hear from you soon?
Britt

Post by Snapper » Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:15 am

To live with my DB in Pensacola during his flight training. Do we need to be engaged or legally married?? Hope to hear from you soon!
Britt
You can live with him just as a girlfriend if you'd like! If he's married on paper he'll get a little more in his BAH, but it's not necessary. If he's pilot and you want to stay in Pensacola, it would be nice if he was married so when the time comes, he wouldn't have to move to Texas or wherever. "Single" pilots don't stay here for long. NFOs, however, will stay in Pcola for a while.

Post by Britt » Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:42 pm

To live with my DB in Pensacola during his flight training. Do we need to be engaged or legally married?? Hope to hear from you soon!
Britt

Post by staylor » Tue Sep 02, 2008 3:58 pm

I'm looking into housing options. It's just the two of us and we're not opposed to roommates, but do not want a party place. He'll be done with OCS at the end of October, but I might need a place as early as the end of September. Suggestions?

Post by punky » Fri Aug 29, 2008 10:12 pm

Last I heard from my friends is that they're not really enforcing the instruction that they have to stay in the BOQ. The ladies will generally still stamp your orders for you to live in town if you want.

For apartment complexes - Austinwood and Countrywood are right outside base and are filled with flight students. It is basically a college atmosphere. You have your study partners there and also it is where all the parties are. They can be loud due to a lot of parties. Just depends on what you are looking for.

For more quiet areas I'd suggest renting a house or condos on Perdido Key. With roommates they're very cheap options for more space than an apartment would give you. pensacolamls.com for home rentals.

If they get orders to Whiting Field for primary or advanced flight school - then they will be required to live on base unless it is full at the time. They are still enforcing the live on base there.
WARNING: Gouge is great when it's accurate, but I've learned the hard way that these tips aren't always the best. Just be prepared to be told something totally different from what you find on this site (and others like it). The 'rules' are constantly changing and can be totally wrong by the time you (or your loved one) get there. Just FYI.
I agree that gouge changes constantly. There is a Navy saying - Live by the gouge, die by the gouge.

So I will give what is accurate as of 828/08. As of Thursday when my brother checked into API, they were allowing people to live out in town. With those ladies at the BOQ, sometimes it really does depend on who you get if they will stamp your orders or not.

I have spent 5 of my 10 Navy years in Pensacola and 2 of those in NFO training, married to a Pensacola native and own a house in Pensacola so I do know the area and the housing market.

I would not myself stay in Austin Wood or Country Wood apartments as I am older than most flight students and married - not into the partying that goes on there. But they are the most popular complexes for flight students to live in due to the automatic study buddies and proximity to base.

I would recommend living in a house in the back gate and Perdido area. I am one of those Navy guys that owns a house and rents it out to Navy guys. There are a lot of us but more and more we are getting to the point where we cannot afford to rent to flight students. My father-in-law is my property manager and has about 15 other homes owned by Navy guys - almost all of us are going to start limiting to SNFOs only. Rentals are sitting on the market for an average of 30 days right now, and having turnover every 4-6 months is not financially feasible right now.

You will find tons of rentals in Perdido/Perdido Key that are vacation rentals, usually great deals to be had there. And a great location, especially if you love the beach. You will find a 3 br house in Pensacola to be the same as an apartment - much more space for your money.

Use www.pensacolamls.com to find houses to get a good idea of what you can get for your money and then get with areal estate agent. Most agents in the area cater to military and with the market now they have lots of free time to help find rentals.

The housing list on base - use it with caution. It is often out of date. You will often end up calling on houses that haven't been taken out of the book in a year.

There is a board in the API building with a lot of current postings, a good place to look.

I suggest taking the time and staying at the BOQ or in a hotel, get a feel for the area and decide where you want to live. While the guys might want to live right next to base, the wives will often find that area not to have the amenities that they want to live near. Personally, I bought and lived outside of base and while my wife was not a fan of the area, she understood that with 5am briefs it was nice to be that close. It also allowed me more time at home with my wife and baby when he came as I wasn't commuting 30-45 mins each way. It also made it easy to come home to take a quick break to see the little guy and give my wife a break and then go back to work to study -- I always felt that flight school was harder on the wife and kid as she had to basically be a single parent.

I feel like I am on my soap box, but I love Pensacola and I know it well. I just want to help everyone since it is hard to move to a new area especially when for many it is their first military move.

Post by Snapper » Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:45 pm

Last I heard from my friends is that they're not really enforcing the instruction that they have to stay in the BOQ. The ladies will generally still stamp your orders for you to live in town if you want.

For apartment complexes - Austinwood and Countrywood are right outside base and are filled with flight students. It is basically a college atmosphere. You have your study partners there and also it is where all the parties are. They can be loud due to a lot of parties. Just depends on what you are looking for.

For more quiet areas I'd suggest renting a house or condos on Perdido Key. With roommates they're very cheap options for more space than an apartment would give you. pensacolamls.com for home rentals.

If they get orders to Whiting Field for primary or advanced flight school - then they will be required to live on base unless it is full at the time. They are still enforcing the live on base there.
WARNING: Gouge is great when it's accurate, but I've learned the hard way that these tips aren't always the best. Just be prepared to be told something totally different from what you find on this site (and others like it). The 'rules' are constantly changing and can be totally wrong by the time you (or your loved one) get there. Just FYI.

Post by punky » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:30 pm

Last I heard from my friends is that they're not really enforcing the instruction that they have to stay in the BOQ. The ladies will generally still stamp your orders for you to live in town if you want.

For apartment complexes - Austinwood and Countrywood are right outside base and are filled with flight students. It is basically a college atmosphere. You have your study partners there and also it is where all the parties are. They can be loud due to a lot of parties. Just depends on what you are looking for.

For more quiet areas I'd suggest renting a house or condos on Perdido Key. With roommates they're very cheap options for more space than an apartment would give you. pensacolamls.com for home rentals.

If they get orders to Whiting Field for primary or advanced flight school - then they will be required to live on base unless it is full at the time. They are still enforcing the live on base there.

Post by nicolehunt » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:21 pm

This was posted in the pilots forum, i think, but they HAVE to stay in the boq now, and yes its covered.

Post by 1navymom » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:53 am

For Pilots - if they live in the BOQ in Pensacola, it's 29.00 a night - do they get BAH to cover that? And if he doesn't live in the BOQ, does anyone have names of apt. complexes nearby that could be rented? Urgent reply needed! THANKS!

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Post by SarahLynn » Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:59 am

My SO graduates August 15th from OCS and I was wondering if anyone knew exactly when he will have to report to Pensacola, and if he gets any time off in between?

Post by paigegutz » Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:23 pm

Thanks so much for the great info Amanda. :D

Post by amandatrim » Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:29 pm

Sorry...just saw this today!
They have to check into Pensacola pretty much right after OCS...so if he said he'll get 4 travel days, then he'll have to check in within 4 days. I'm gonna assume that would be Monday following graduation...that's what it was in Pensacola. Once he checks in, he can request leave & pretty much get it immediately...just as long as it goes through the proper channels smoothly. As for OHARP, I've "heard" it's very hard for pilots to get OHARP. Sometimes recruiters can pull strings through the chain of command but....
Also, they might be classing up right away & if he has to do IFS, then he'll probably have to report back to Pensacola right away after his leave.

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