In 2007 my husband reenlisted. This really did not come to a surprise for me since he already had seven years in the Army, and I knew he wanted to make a career out of the Army. Our son was only about four months old at the time. He came home from work one day, told me about his day and casually mentioned talking to retention. I remember stopping what I was doing, going to the living room and asking him what happened. He said the retention NCO gave him three options. Alaska. Korea. Or Germany. I smiled and asked him what he picked, and he said he didn’t. He said there was one slot for Germany for his MOS and rank. He said he didn’t want to go to Korea because that would mean an unaccompanied tour, and there was going to be plenty of time apart in the future. He also said he did not want to go to Alaska. I told him if he wanted Germany, to call retention and ask if they could hold the slot until we could get back to post. Retention held the spot, and the next day my husband did all the paperwork before his official reenlistment.
His official reenlistment came around, and I was so proud of him. We were so excited to be heading to Germany. After the excitement wore off, we began to really research where were would be living for the next three years.
We have been in Germany for almost four years now, a little longer then originally expected. In the last four years, we’ve gone through two year long deployments, seen Prague, Berlin, Nurnberg (and the famous Nurnberg Christmas Market), Munich, Dachau Concentration Camp, The Deutsch Museum, The Neuschwanstein Castle, and a couple other places. I have embraced the local food (other then McDonald’s… which is much better here then in the states), shopping, and it has been a wonderful experience living here.
There are quite a few countries that are accompanied tours. If you have the chance to live overseas, embrace it and do your best to truly experience it. Living overseas is really a once in a lifetime experience, twice if you’re really lucky. The places you will see, the history you will be living in, the food you will taste, and many other things are only things most people will read about and see in text books and on the internet.
Each duty station is what you make of it.