PCSing to MCRD Parris Island, Questions?

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Jennifer - posted on 08/15/2011

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LINKS is a great program to get involved with and get to know the other wives... great for playdate if you have kids or going out and doing stuff... MCCS has a whole website for Beaufort. They have alot of information there as well

Meghan - posted on 08/14/2011

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We left PI right at the beginning of the yr for Pendleton. We lived in Wake Village and we had no complaints. As far as the wait goes for housing I am not really sure how it is now because when my husband went through DI school they had plenty available. We literally were given a house a few hrs after he graduated. As far as the lifestyle goes it is hard but doable. Remember it is only temporary and in the long run it is worth it. I would not change anything about the time we spent on PI. We learned so much about each other and he learned a lot about himself and it has only made him a better Marine. Please get involved with the different programs they have on base. It is a very small and close knit community. The more involved you are the faster time will go. Make sure when you can that you go to his inital drill, final drill, crucible dinners, family days and graduations. Basically just get involved where you can.

LaToya - posted on 04/28/2011

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Hi Catherine, I was born and raised in Beaufort, SC and met my husband as a DI. I have worked at the CDC on P.I. and my son have attended the CDC on P.I. it is a very good facility. As with most military CDC's. I have also worked at the CDC in San Diego. I'm going to be honest, even as a D.I.'s girlfriend their time is very limited to being at home. A D.I. is a very demanding billet. Besides that, you will run into whole lot of changes from Hawaii. The weather is totally different. I never realized it until I left Bft. for CA. There are sand fleas and mosquitos and other bugs like everywhere else, they're just more plentiful there.LOL It is very small, no malls, just shopping centers. I'm going to give you my email address if you would like to email me. Like I said I was born and raised there and I am also a military wife of a former and hope to be a second tour D.I. soseductive03@yahoo.com Good Luck:)

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2011

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They have a Naval Hospital about 5 or 10 minutes from base that family goes to. But they will allow you to choose a civilian pediatrician cause they don't have any peds, only family doctors. I don't know about daycares but I think the CDC is supposed to be pretty good. Not sure about reviews though. As far as the base goes it's pretty small. Summers here are ridiculously hot and humid, not much to do in Beaufort, it's pretty quiet. Everything good is in Bluffton, Savannah, or Charleston. Sand fleas, mosquitoes, and cockroaches are horrible, but you get used to it. And just a heads up, when we PCS'd from MCBH to PI they messed his pay up- was paying him too much (cost of living is lower here than HI, of course) so they decided to take it all back outta the next paycheck. So leave yourself something to fall back on just incase! My hubbs isn't a DI so no advice there, I've heard it's tough but there are hard parts to any job he's gonna do so I'm sure you can handle it! :) Hope this helps you and good luck!!

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Britny - posted on 12/07/2012

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Hi, my husband will be leaving for the January-March DI school as well. We will be staying at the base in Virginia until he graduates. Best wishes!

Victoria - posted on 08/16/2012

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Sorry to jump your post. My husbands package was just approved for DI and he will be reporting Jan 1st. We're currently stationed here in Hawaii. We have been debating on me going home (NC) while he's in school (jan-march). Did you ladies stay at his current station while he was in school orient with him?

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I agree with Jennifer ! I just get bored some and nights! theres only sooooo much you can clean :)

Jennifer - posted on 08/13/2011

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Hi Catherine,
My name is Jennifer and I have lived in Beaufort total of 8 years (2 different times). I love it here. The on base schools are really good. The only CDC I would stay away from in the one on PI. I worked there for 18 month and would not put my kids in there. They went to Laurel Bay CDC and youth center. There is the Naval hospital and kids can go out in town for peds. I love my kids doctors at Sea Island Peds. There is housing on PI and Laurel Bay is a base housing for all 3 bases here. (to get to go to school on base you have to live on one of the bases). If you have any more questions just let me know :) I hope you like it here.

Catherine - posted on 04/28/2011

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Hello Sarah & La Toya,

Thank you so much for all your information. You both addressed some really insightful points and I'm so glad that I have more an idea of what the area is like. As far as the base itself, did you both live on PI? If so, how long did you have to wait? Again i appreciate the time you both put into addressing most of my concerns, and La Toya I will be definitely be taking you up on your offer and emailing once it gets closer to PCS time in a month :)

Catherine - posted on 04/25/2011

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Hey Samantha,

Nice to meet you. Thanks for replying to my post. Were going to be pcsing the first week of july and it's kind of bittersweet leaving Hawaii since this was the only place we've ever been stationed. Ive heard alot of negative perspectives on DI Duty but I'm just going to stay positive and make the best of the situation. We've been through 4 deployments to Iraq and Afghan back to back for 7 months at a time due to him being infantry and I can definitely relate to feeling like a single parent because this last deployment my husband left when I was 6 months pregnant and came home when our son was 3 months old and recently left again a month ago for the DI school, so I've been basically trying to tell myself that even though he isn’t going to be deplpyed for 3 years, it'll be about as much support from him that I'm getting now from afar lol. He volunteered for this B-Billet over recruiting and SOI, so I'm just going with the flow for his sake and just doing my best to be supportive but its definitely not easy finding out information about the area and base since he just got there and hasn't had much time to inquire about daycare or housing or etc, due to being focused on the school. I would definitely appreciate that information from your uncle about the medical facility. Do you have any tips or advice for me as a new DI wife? Or anything that you wish you would’ve known about the job or base beforehand? And are you guys being stationed in SC again or did your husband complete DI duty in San Diego? Thanks again and sorry for bombarding you with questions :) lol

Samantha - posted on 04/25/2011

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i am in hawaii right now as well, we are moving to s.c. in june, im not sure if they have a medical branch in p.i. but i have an uncle out there so ill ask him. i have already been through drill instructor duty with my husband, although i have heard that its much easier now, then when he did his (do to recent changes in letting them sleep and take time off- which will be good for you guys ) i can tell you it will not be easy and in my experience it was like being a single mother (he picked up a platoon, 4 days after the birth of our first son) i didn't see him until almost 4 weeks later. anyhow, if you have any questions please let me know. i wish you all the best.

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