Orders to Okinawa,Japan?
Cydne - posted on 01/09/2014
Well the good news is the military will not send you to a foreign country and leave you high and dry. I am sure it is overwhelming when you think about living in a place you know nothing about. This is the fun of the military.
So first thing, take a big deep breath and know everything will fall into place. First I would go online and search the base to which you will be assigned. Generally there are resources for incoming families and a breakdown of what you can expect as far as lifestyle is concerned. DoD schools have really come a long way in the past 10 years and so has on base housing for that matter.
Generally there are resources at each duty station. These resources are found at either Army community service, the Airman and family readiness center, Navy Family Readiness Group and so on. Find the resource for the specific duty station and take a look at what they have going on for inbound families. These resources generally highlight the How-to and information needed for the particular post/base and any major lifestyle changes you may experience dealing directly with their location.
I have never lived in Japan, but when my husband was sent to Germany he went ahead of us and secured housing and requested delivery for our house hold goods prior to our arrival. I would recommend this if possible. I went back and visited family in route to our new duty station to allow time for the kinks to be worked out. I high recommend this especially having 2 young ones. Living in the provided hotel is not ideal with young children. Plus you may not know the wait time for housing until he arrives in country.
If your husband has access to a DSN phone line he should be able to call the housing office on base there in Japan and they will be able to give him more details on accommodations and wait list details. I am not a fan of living on post, personally; but we lived on post while in Germany. I think it just made life a bit less hectic. However, I do know a lot of people who lived off post.
If you have any other questions or need help finding the resources mentioned above please feel free to contact me. My information is in my profile. Best of Luck. It will be an adventure to say the least! Just another perk of the military life.
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