We are getting stationed in Hawaii, anyone else there

Shanell - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My husband(in the Army) is getting stationed in Hawaii so that's Schofield Barracks. Is anyone else stationed there. We are new the the Army as is. How is it down there? Do yous live on base or off. How is on base housing for the one that do live on base? Same with the ones that live off base? I'm curious about everything. We also Have a three month son, any of yous have newborns. It will be a big change for us because we are from PA. Will we be able to live on base anyway since he is just an E1? Any infomation any of yous have about anything just write it, thanks a bunch. He may also be deployeed to Iraq this year, how long do they usually have before they deployee after bootcamp? Thanks a bunch to all who write back on here

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Shawna - posted on 01/21/2010

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My husband is stationed at schofield, he's deployed right now, so we're not there. You should deff get on post housing, I don't think it's that hard. When we PCSed there, we got a decent house out on HMR with in 2 weeks. HMR is a nice place to be by the way, more laid back and quite. It doesn't matter what your hubby's rank is, since he's married they will give you housing and "take care of you". Being in Hawai, you will also get COLA to add to your paycheck, with having a lil one, you should get an extra 300 or so. When is comes to deploying after boot camp, it just depends on when the company he gets put in is deploying, if it deploys 2 months after you get there, then off he goes. Kinda sucks but thats army life. Hawaii was our first duty station after BCT and we got lucky and were there for 1 1/2 years before my hubby deployed. It was a huge scary move, being as we were new to the army and then moving so far, but it ended up not being bad at all. One thing I will say, don't expect it to "feel" like the normal USA. The place is very foriegn and different from any where on the mainland. If you can ship your vehicle a month before you go, it takes a month for it to get there and being in a new place with now car really sux. Also when you pack your stuff there is a designated amount of weight, 500lb I think, that is for your hubbys gear and such. This stuff will get there faster than you reg household stuff, so put things in it like your TV, linens and anything that would be essential to roughing it in a house with out all your stuff. The army will loan you furniture (couch, beds, dressers, kitchen utensile, pots pans sliverwear) but they donn't have pillows, sheets, curtains and things like that, so pack those in your suite case or plan to buy them as soon as you get there. You will also TLA (i think its called) this will pay for food and lodging while you figure out your housing situation, if you are careful you can pocket a couple thousand from this. Housing will require you to give them a pro rated amount of money when you move in to a house, so make sure you have that, if you don't the army has something that you fill out that takes it out of your check, but its a HUGE pain in the butt. We are about half way through our deploment, and I will be heading back to HI in July to get housing and get "set up" for my hubby to come home. If you have anything specific you'd like to know, just ask =)

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Shanell - posted on 01/22/2010

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Thanks everyone for the help. We will probably move to Hawaii shorty after his graduation which is in March so probably April I'm guessing.

Joanna - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have a friend that's stationed in Hawaii. They have been there for almost 2 years now so I'm not sure how much longer they are going to be there. I'll find out and pass your name on to her. She's awesome. She was the FRG leader for the company when our husbands were deployed a couple of years ago. She should be able to let you know everything.

Amber - posted on 01/20/2010

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We just found out we are moving there too. I have done some research online and it looks beautiful but I am mostly worried about the move. And we are definitely going to try for on post housing. I looked at off post housing and it is way too much! When are you all supposed to be moving? My husband has to report in June.

Deanna - posted on 01/19/2010

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just left thair and helps were are from thair :) so got loads of info. you will fast do every thing thair is to do thair. but the beach will never get old. off post houseing is pricy and hard to find good ones. i would sugest you live on baise. you have a 50 50 chance on gettin the new awsome houseings or one of the run down referbished ones. just for rent off baise at a house that looks like it will fall on you any min. will run you no less than 1200. no utilities included. not to mention not so nice nabbors. if you go to the nicer areas it will run you easly 2000 and up. water is ever 2 months and is usualy between 150- 200 but can go up fast. electric is about the same. cable if you get it all cable basic telephone and internet it 180 a month. food is terrably pricy your talking $6.00 for a gallon of milk. if you have no probbloms with assistance i advise you look into welfare as soon as you get on island or in to the supsidy program from the mil to add to your husbans check to help with that. on baise you dont pay utilitites just your phone internet and cable. most every thing is close. less than a hours drive no matter where you are going.after hours traffic is hell so watch the clock. people drive like mad crazy people. certain places are worse than others if you can dont be on the road from 6 am to 8 am and from 5pm till 6pm,.deployments are at the rate it has been is every other year. its sapose to be 12 months gone and 12 months home but thay do go to california for 30-60 days bigisland for training and some training on the island but a few weeks at a time. and a few months befor thay leave thay all work insain hours and will be gone most all day and some nights, but thay do get 30days off just befor thay leave. when thay deploy the baise is a gost town and the little town near buy to. im not gona lie its hard when thay are gone and he will be alot. be prepaired. make sure you get a power of atterny asap and make sure you get them all for every thing one for houseing ,one for his pay (defas), and one general for every thing else and one for taxs. he can make them good for as long as 2 years and he can get them thru jag for free.its a beutiful place and mostly nice people. just like every where else you got your bad apples. the weather is always nice and rain is nothing like youve ever seen, you dont need your winter cloths just a few light jackets and lots of shorts and a select few rain items and your good. it sounds bad and will be for a while. but it gets better and easier over time and youll enjoy it all. hope this helps a little bit. good luck

C. - posted on 01/17/2010

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We are technically, but we won't be back there until my husband gets back from deployment (sometime in Sep. supposedly). My husband is stationed at Schofield BKS/Wheeler AAF. We are from SC, so it was definitely a huge change for us as well. As far as I know, they can deploy almost as soon as they get to their duty station, so just be prepared just in case. If you need anything or want to ask anything, just send me a message. I'll be glad to hep you out in any way I can. Good luck!

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