Help! We're new to the military and I am so VERY intimidated by it all. Any one in Ft. Campbell?

Sarah - posted on 07/21/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Hi! My husband has been in the military for 6 months and we have seen eachother for exactly 9 and a half days of those 6 months. We are expecting our second child; a girl :) due on August 28th. He had basic, infantry, airborn and by then I couldn't be up and moved being so close to our due date. He is currently in Kentucky and will probably be given a few days to come home and be here for her birth. They have a 45 day training in Louisianna starting September 8th. So, we'll see what all happens. He still doesn't know what they are going to allow :(. We hope for the best :D. He is then going to Afghanistan in mid January. So, we'll get to see eachother, eventually ;P Oh, yes, I am also curiouse (SP?) if any one knows if my sister ,who is also a military wife, her husband just left for his stint in Iraq, can come live on the base with me and the kids while my hunny is gone to Afghanistan. My hunny is in the 101st airborn and handles mortar guns. I'm not sure how many different units their are out there and honostly it confuses me still. It seems like he told me that he was in the 101st airborne unit and possibly the 184th infantry unit but that he was also something else. I seriousely couldn't catch it all. Can any one ease my confusion? heeheehee :P Thanks and have a great day ladies :D

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Hi there Sarah! Welcome to the Army life. I promise that it does get easier to understand it all. :) I'm at Ft. Campbell! I met my husband here and we lived here for 4 years before being sent to Ft. Hood, TX and now we are back here again. My husband is going to the 160th, and I am here ahead of him. If you ever need to know anything, feel free to message me :) My husband is Avaition, so his job is a bit different, but most things the MOS doesn't how things are done.

I would say that if he isnt currently in any form of training, they should allow him leave to come home once the baby is born. It really depends on his unit. Never hurts to ask!!!

As far as your sister coming to live with you...You would have to talk to the housing office about that. Anyone staying over 30 days in the house, they have to know about and approve from what I remember. Are you on the waiting list for housing here already?

If you're interested, I can give you some info on some things that you can do that might help your transition to an Army Spouse a little easier...just let me know :)

Hope that all helps!

Veronica - posted on 07/26/2009

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Hi and welcome to the military lifestyle! It can bee great or terrible- really depends on your outlook! One of the ladies mentioned that most units give the guys 10 days for a child's birth. I want you to know this is only partially true! As of this past fall, it is an Army regulation, that the guys get 10 days!! So, if his unit tries to not give it, he needs to dig the reg. out. Most units have already put something into their unit SOP, but not all have since its still very new. But it is there now and they cannot deny him it. (BUT, they do not have to give it right when the child is born- it is mission dependant!)

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Stacy - posted on 08/10/2009

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Check out the book called "married to the Mililtary" it has some good resources and might help you with some of the stressful moments :)

Jackqulyn - posted on 08/10/2009

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yes I have 15 yrs and love it takes alot of getting use to the military life.IM glad i could a help .Have a great day:

Sarah - posted on 08/08/2009

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wow :), thank you. my goodness, you must have been around the military for a while :D. Have a great day!

Jackqulyn - posted on 08/08/2009

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THE BASE IS 101st AIRBORNE and His Unit is 187th Infantry and his copmany Alpha,BRAVO, CHARLIE, DELTA, HHC-Headquauters.This is how it goes hope this hepls you .

Kim - posted on 08/07/2009

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You should check out the new law passed about a service member getting 10days leave after a birth of a child. When I had my third child my husband was given 10 days without question and it did not count toward his annual 30 days leave annually.

Amie - posted on 07/30/2009

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hey im amie im at ft campbell and 3 months gettin married august 21st to my fiancee in the infantry, ive been stationed here becuz of my dad, but ft campbell isnt as scary as it sounds! there are alot of things to do around town to keep yourself busy from thinking about him being gone all the time. as sucky as it is keeping busy is the best way to keep sane! but if you ever need any help or adivce around ft campbell or clarksville just email me! thischick077@aol.com

Sarah - posted on 07/24/2009

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My gosh, Thank you lady's :)! I am in Arizona. What are PCS and FRG? Thank you all so much again. Thanks for the book name, I will deffinately check into it. :)

Tiffany - posted on 07/23/2009

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Hi Sarah,

We are scheduled to PCS to Ft. Campbell at the end of October. While your husband is deployed you can have your sister come live with you I believe if it is "for help" like if you work and need someone to help watch the kids during the day. I am not sure if the person has to be sponsored or not. Perhaps start with the housing there, and they can direct you. Where are you now if you are not there yet? Our second is due Sept 2 by c-section type procedure, and we will hopefully be able to follow my husband in October. I am currently in Ohio and can't wait to get to Campbell. When my husband first joined I read books about being a spouse. I think the one I really liked was: Today's Military Wife: Meeting the Challenges of Service Life by Lydia Sloan Cline. Feel free to message me anytime if you have specific questions about the lingo or whatever. Ask your hubby about the FRG as well. They can be a fantastic resource.

Shannon - posted on 07/23/2009

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Hey I'm Shannon. My husband is stationed at ft. Campbell. We just had our lil boy 2 months ago. Most units will give there soldiers 10days of leave. Plus if your husband is planning to come get you to bring you down to campbell, He'll get another 10-14 days PTDY. And yes it does get easier. I'm former military myself and I'm still figuring alot of this out. As for your sister, I'm not totally sure if you'd be able to but since your both military you can always ask. Well I hope everything goes well for you and good luck!

Kathy - posted on 07/22/2009

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Hi, my name is Kathy. My husband has been in for almost 19yrs. It really will get easier. He is currently with the National Guard, so we are a little different then most families that live on base or near base. My husband has been deployed twice to Iraq, both times it was for 14mths. The 2d time was easier because I knew what to expect. I can tell you there is nothing like being a military family, and you never knew that your family was so big - during deployments especially. I can recommend that you get involved with your husband's family support unit. They can answer many questions for you, and because these families are going through the same as you it can ease alot of your fears. Our son also was able to connect with kids that were going thru the same as him and felt the same as him.

Kathy

Allyson - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi im Ally! dont worry it gets easier. my husband has been in the marine corps for almost 6 years. he worked for crash crew the first 4 years he was in. which means he is a firefighter and now he works at (CBIRF) in maryland. ding the rescue side of firefighting he has been deployed twice and i was 2 months pregnant when he left the first time when he got home i gave birth 2 weeks later. the second time he was gone for a year. you just get used to him not being home after a while. i dont know if you sister can come and live with you. when we lived in yuma az our neighbor was a single parent and she had her mom come and live with her and they made her leave after a while. i try not to remember all the units he has been in cuz it still confuses me. cuz trust me there are ALOT of different units. just dont worry and try not to let other wives get to you. some of them like to talk especially about the new people. but the majority are wonderful people who just want to help. i hope this help atleast a little

Allyson - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi im Ally! dont worry it gets easier. my husband has been in the marine corps for almost 6 years. he worked for crash crew the first 4 years he was in. which means he is a firefighter and now he works at (CBIRF) in maryland. ding the rescue side of firefighting he has been deployed twice and i was 2 months pregnant when he left the first time when he got home i gave birth 2 weeks later. the second time he was gone for a year. you just get used to him not being home after a while. i dont know if you sister can come and live with you. when we lived in yuma az our neighbor was a single parent and she had her mom come and live with her and they made her leave after a while. i try not to remember all the units he has been in cuz it still confuses me. cuz trust me there are ALOT of different units. just dont worry and try not to let other wives get to you. some of them like to talk especially about the new people. but the majority are wonderful people who just want to help. i hope this help atleast a little

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