I miss living on base!!
It’s been almost 6 years and 3 duty stations since we’ve lived in base housing and I miss it so much! When we were stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA I couldn’t wait to move away and go somewhere new and buy a house. Not that I didn’t love living there (because I did!!) but after being there 6 years, I wanted the Marine Corps experience of moving around and getting to see new places. Well let me just tell you, renting AND buying a house while moving around every few years is NOT all that fun lol. I absolutely love moving and honestly I get the itch to move after just a couple years! But trying to find a house to rent or buy without ever stepping foot in it, BOTH of which we’ve done, is stressful. We should be getting orders in the next few months and I’m already daydreaming about where we’ll go next and what our house will be like and what fun experiences we’ll get to have – see!! Itching to move 🙂
Some people LOVE base housing and some people hate it. Some people like it at one duty station but not the next. Different things work for each family and that’s totally fine! But here are a few reasons why I personally ❤ it!
1. Living around other military families!
I love being surrounded by other families that understand the struggles that come along with being a military family. I feel like friendships just happen quicker while living on base. It's completely normal to meet someone and invite them over for dinner that night!! In the "real world" people would think you're crazy for doing something like that lol. Since being on recruiting duty and trying to make friends out here, friendships just seem to move slower. And when you only have 3 years somewhere, I need them to be my new BFF like instantly haha!
2. Base amenities!
The commissary, base hospital, movie theater, bowling alley, kids sports, etc. I loved being just minutes away from all of those things! Plus they're all cheaper than it would be off base. And seeing as we have a crap ton of kids, cheaper is better! When we take all six of us to a movie out in town it costs us $55 just for tickets alone. Plus popcorn and drinks and we've bought the DVD 4 times over. On base it'd only cost us around $15/20 for tickets!
3. Less bills!
I love not worrying about having to pay rent/water/electric (though that will vary base to base.) I know some of those you can set up direct deposit and yada, yada. But to me, just never even having to worry about, never having to move money around and just never even seeing our BAH makes my life easier. Having to find a house to rent under BAH, in a good school district, not too far from the hubby's work – stressful!
4. Closer to work!
When we were stationed at the Pentagon it would take Brian an hour to an hour and a half some days to get home from work!! Insane. Even here it takes him 30-45 minutes to get home depending on traffic. And I miss him being able to come home for lunch everyday! (I also just miss the fleet life schedule lol but that's a whole different subject) We lived about 15 minutes from B's work and many days he'd come home for lunch and the kids LOVED it!
Just a few of the reasons that we loved it and are hoping that we get to move back on base at our next duty station!