Once a month, Coast Guard All Hands will feature “Dear Coast Guard Family,” a column for Coast Guard families by Coast Guard spouse Rachel Conley. In this post, Rachel shares some valuable resources available to Coast Guard families before, during and after a military move.
When I hear about far-flung Coast Guard duty stations, I can’t help but think about what they are like and whether I would like to live there. Guam is one of those places. I know it can’t be easy to live there, but the pictures of beaches and palm trees, and the proximity to exotic travel destinations sound appealing. Every duty station carries with it frustrations and benefits, and everyone has some sort of advice for those who come after them.
This time of year is fraught with worry for any military family on the move. But this summer has an added level of uncertainty as it is the first INCONUS moving season requiring Coast Guard families to apply for mandatory housing. There are pros and cons to living in military housing, so we thought we’d help sort it all out.
So, you remember on the first day of my column, when I said I would not sugar coat things? Well, today is the day. Just before I left, I reached out for some input from fellow Coastie families through social media. I asked for the answer to one question: What is the most pressing issue facing Coast Guard families today? In a matter of days, 50 people responded. I’m going to tell you what I learned.