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Monday, February 1, 2016

How to Survive Any Duty Station

PCS season is among us! I'm sure we've all been there. New orders come in and you learn you're going to a duty station with a horrible reputation. Now what? There isn't anything you can do to change it. So I guess you just have to deal. Right? Wrong. There are ways to make any location bearable.
  • Explore the surrounding areas
The town that the post is located may be terrible, but what about the towns 30 minutes, an hour or even 2 hours away. Visit museums, state parks, national parks, local shops. You never know what you might stumble upon. We've found some hidden beaches and an alligator habitat, simply by exploring.
  • Make friends.
At times, this may seem impossible. But you can do it. Go to spouse get togethers, join a book club, join Meetup (they have all sorts of groups with different focuses. i.e. photography, crocheting, etc), or host some get togethers at your house like game nights or a bonfire. Living anywhere gets a little easier when you have friends to do things with.
  • Have run away days.
Everyone gets cabin fever when they're stuck at home for extended periods of time. So plan run away days. Get in the car, pick a direction and drive. You never know what you'll find. You'll be getting out of town and you'll get to see new things.
  • Try local restaurants and stores.
Try restaurants that aren't found anywhere else. Shop local shops. You never know what hidden gems you may find.
  • Make the best of the time you have there.
You're only in this location for a short period of time and you'll probably never come back. So make the best of it. You may regret never going to that state park one day.

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