One of the biggest unknowns – and often unanswered questions – when moving to a new duty station is, “Where am I going to live? What will it look like? How much space will I have?” Though there are as many opinions about whether to live on base or off. Believe me, there are a plethora of choices available once you arrive, one thing is for sure: you have to live somewhere.
My family and I moved back to the United States three years ago, but while we had the privilege of living on Okinawa we chose to live on base. It was a decision we were very happy with, and way back when I even wrote about how beneficial I found the experience. This was despite the fact that our house had been built in 1955 and I’m pretty sure the kitchen, bathrooms, and floors hadn’t been updated since they were originally installed. It was only when we nicely asked the housing office to replace the cracked, peeling linoleum floors (and they did) that it felt as though it belonged in this century.
We’ve tried to give you a brief glimpse of what you might expect; in our archives, we have examples of both off and on-base housing options. The great news is, this can give you a really great peek into what these homes look like. The bad news is, many on-base homes have been renovated and updated since we originally posted about them. Hence, what we have in our archives is no longer up-to-date.
We’d like your help in changing that.
If you live on-base in housing that has either been renovated since we last posted about it or in on-base housing that’s never come under review. Then, we will love it if you can give us a glimpse of what it looks like.
Also, most of our submissions are for 2 and 3 bedroom units. If you live in a 4 bedroom unit, our readers who qualify for those houses -am sure – will LOVE to see what they look like, no matter what base you’re on!
Send an email to our Submissions Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she’ll send you a template to fill out. (See this post to get a good idea of what questions you’ll answer.) Answer a few questions, snap some photos, help out a TON of your fellow readers. It’s as easy as that!
Because it helps to know what you’re getting into, right? It helps to have one fewer unanswered question floating around in your brain; one less thing to obsessively worry about as you watch the movers pack up all your belongings to send them halfway across the globe (you can worry a normal amount instead).
Thanks to you all. Always.