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Old 01-20-2013, 04:16 PM  
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Ft Riley?

Has anyone ever been stationed at or known anyone from Ft Riley? I kind of have the choice to go anywhere I want. I've heard good things about 1st Infantry as a unit, and I'd be only a couple hours from Arrowhead which would be nice. It's kind of out in the middle of nowhere though and the old lady isn't too happy with the idea. Can anyone tell me what it's like?
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:22 PM   #46
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Dude, wow. I don't know what E-4 means because I was never in the Armed Forces but yeah, go to Hawaii!

Even if you "break even" in terms of salary to cost of living, go for the experience! Learn to surf, boogie board and scuba dive. Go out deep sea fishing with friends, take short trips over to the other islands to check them out. Go hiking up mountains, bicycle around volcanoes and just enjoy the scenery!

Even if it means breaking even for a while, it sounds like you'll be able to change locations in a matter of years, so explore and enjoy life!

Best of luck!

PS - Fort Riley and its surroundings are shitholes, nothing the Arrowhead experience would or could erase.
Dude you don't know Hawaii...I heard it said right here on this very board.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:32 AM   #47
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Hawaii is the answer. If you live on base you'll be fine(insurance and gas are still going to be a bitch) as far as costs. However, 25th ID loves the field(say hello to the big island and the kahukus). You know the rest, great weather all year round, once in a lifetime experience , blah, blah, blah.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:34 AM   #48
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Lot of military there if that's your thing.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:04 AM   #49
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Washington state?

The winter & summer sports are covered.

If the regime would have stayed in place any longer in KC I would have jumped on the Seahawks band wagon. There's always that option for you. Other wise it's gonna be about 10 more years before KC comes back up here.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:13 AM   #50
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really?
It is in the middle of the Flint Hills.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:19 AM   #51
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E-4 somewhere in the midwest. Hawaii is way to expensive.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:20 AM   #52
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I graduated from Junction City and have a sister that lives there so I still get back there every now and then.

They have done alot to try and clean the town up, tore down older housing and put new up. I'm not sure how affordable it is though, guessing it could be easily checked out if you wanted. Milford Lake is about the only thing to do, so if you like fishing or boating you will like the lake. Lot of hunting area around there as well. Outside of the lake, their isn't alot to do though so you will be driving to Manhattan, Topeka or KC.

Hawaii, when I was in the Navy I knew a couple guys that got stationed there, nice place but expensive as shit. At the time unless you were E-6 or above you couldn't afford to live off base. You could try and call the base housing center and see what kind of wait time you would have, but if it's still expensive as hell, chances are base housing is going to have a pretty good wait but still worth a call to find out.

Old Dog I think lives in JC so he would be a good source of info about Riley currently.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:52 AM   #53
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I'm not really sure how much I can say, but I will tell you this.

my step-brother is pretty high up in the army. He has been to Afghanistan and Iraq multiple times. He was stationed in North Carolina (I think). He was in Alaska a while too. He currently is stationed in Leavenworth. He likes Leavenworth only because it's close to his and his wife's family, and fairly close to the stadium.

He recently got a promotion and decided to move his family back to Alaska. He loved it up there and couldn't wait for another opportunity to move back. He's an outdoors type of person that Loves hunting, fishing, golf, etc. His kids will like it, but his wife won't like being so far away from her parents in Kansas.

Like I said, I'm not sure how much I can tell, but let's just say a base or two in Alaska will be getting a fun, Chiefs fan with season tickets, nice, and cool, guy to a VERY high rank.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:15 AM   #54
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yeah, if you're E4, even with a dependant allowance / off-base living (if you are), is way expensive.

when I was there in 98, a god dam quarter pounder with Cheese was $7. a can of chew was $6-7. I can't imagine what the prices are now. Hawaii is awesome if you have money. I was coming off of a 6 month deployment so I had cash to burn. but I was only there for 4 days (but I've been 3 other times on exercises).

living there full-time would be crazy expensive for an enlisted dude low on the totem pole.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:19 AM   #55
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It is in the middle of the Flint Hills.

have you been there? I have, the storage bunkers are the steepest grade "hill". it may have more curves than other areas, but calling it flat wasn't a stretch by any amount. Unless something changed since 1995. I was only there a week, it was flat, in the middle of nowhere I'd want to live for a few years, compared to leonard wood - that's saying something
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:10 AM   #56
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Well to be fair, I enjoyed Afghanistan a lot more than Texas

The Afghanis probably drive better and have fewer guns.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:31 AM   #57
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Well...anywhere really, but the only places I'd really want to go is Alaska, Hawaii, Washington State, Riley, or back to Ft Hood, TX. The old lady really hates the cold, I really don't want to be cooped up on an island. Being close to Arrowhead is really tempting to me. I've never lived in Kansas...how's the weather there? Does it snow a lot? I'm looking for somewhere I can ride motorcycles in the summer and ride snowmobiles in the winter.
Why not try for Ft Carson in Colorado Springs. That post fits the bolded part to a "T".
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:33 AM   #58
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Ft. Riley is probably 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive from Arrowhead. You are close to Manhattan, which is a college town, and has Kansas State football and basketball. Big lake called Tuttle Creek Reservoir is nearby. But otherwise, you're on the edge of the Flint Hills. Not much out there but cows and prairie grass. Hot as hell in the summer, cold in winter, not much spring or fall in between. If I was a young guy I'd go to Hawaii for a few years just to check it out. The middle of Kansas is not exactly a tourist destination.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:37 AM   #59
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have you been there? I have, the storage bunkers are the steepest grade "hill". it may have more curves than other areas, but calling it flat wasn't a stretch by any amount. Unless something changed since 1995. I was only there a week, it was flat, in the middle of nowhere I'd want to live for a few years, compared to leonard wood - that's saying something
while I won't argue that Ft. Riley is situated amongst mountains, the Flint Hills are hardly flat. You apparently missed the large mound right across from the airfield...


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I would certainly request posts other than Riley, but don't put it too far down on your preference list. Lots of new enlisted housing, excellent DoD schools, and great commissary/PX. 4 x BCTs and other separate brigades, great training areas/ranges. Instant access to I-70.

It's a great post now, but not alot immediately outside the gate. I could think of a lot worse installations to spend a 3-4 year tour.
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