Whoa my third post today! I decided to join in with another blog hop – Tap in Thursdays. Here’s some information…
What is Tap in Thursdays?
Taps is the “lights out” song heard around every military instillation at 5pm. The way we see it, we hopefully have a place we call home at that time. Since home is where the military sends us, we thought this phrase was fitting! We want to know about the area where you call home.
This meme will be something brand new and exciting. We haven’t seen anything like it before. We want to help all of us military spouses who have to PCS in a moment’s notice. We want to provide the information before hand to make things a little less complicated. Every Thursday, we will have a list of questions about where you have lived and the experiences living there. You do not have to say whether you currently live there or not.
Here are this week’s questions…
1. Name an installation you have ben stationed at.
Fort Benning, GA
2. Did/do you live on or off post?
We lived on post while we were stationed at Benning. We lived in a brick, ranch-style house. We ended up with a 4 bedroom house that had way more space then we needed!
3. What would you recommend for newcomers to do about housing?
If you can’t get into housing on-post, I would suggest looking at apartments or houses to rent in either Phenix City, AL or somewhere in Columbus, GA past exit 7. Anything closer to post isn’t that great. Phenix City is a good option because the housing prices a little cheaper and it’s an easy drive to the back gate.
4. Where is an inexpensive place you can stay off-post while waiting for on-post living?
There are a few extended stay hotels that are located on Victory Drive – about a 5 to 10 minute drive to post depending on traffic. We stayed in on-post lodging and found it to be cheaper than what the off-post hotels were offering.
5. How is the housing office? Do you have any recommendations or specific people to speak with?
Honestly, I hated dealing with the housing office. They weren’t helpful in most situations. It took forever to get maintenance out when we needed them – even in emergency situations. They didn’t seem to care about the mold problem that we were constantly having in our master bathroom. They also messed up our BAH when we had PCSed to our next duty station.
6. How is the wait list?
Since a lot of officers are stationed at Benning for the Captain’s career course, officer housing opens up fairly quickly. We only had to wait a week for our house to become available. As far as enlisted housing goes, I’m not too sure. I do know that the wait lists for the brand new housing were fairly long when we were there.