Lisa - posted on 12/11/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )
I am a navy wife and mom of two toddlers. My husband has been stationed in the same city in the states for 7 1/2 years. He just found out he got orders to Japan (Atsugi) for two years come summer. I know it seems far away, but there is SO much to think about.
He is going back on sea duty, after two years on shore duty. Right now, I believe the plan is for me to go with him??? (that's according to the navy, if it was up to us, we would be together, wherever) I have a lot of worries and fears, but my biggest thing would be him going out to sea while I'm home with a 2 and 3 year old 7,000 miles from family and friends for a week or a month at a time.
Are there support groups, or meetings out there? I can't find an actual answer regarding housing situation, do we have to WAIT to get there before getting put on military housing list? If we live in housing, I know we forfeit OHA, but do we still get the Utility/Maitenance allowance?
For anyone that has been married and stationed in Japan, does the money really pan out to be decent, with the yen conversion?
Do my children (2 & 3) need passports if it's on active duty orders? What needs to be done before we go?
Anyone that has ANY advice, or help, please share. Thanks