So about a week ago, we got our orders for our next duty station. I am so excited about my husband's orders but there is still a lot of apprehension about whether they'll stick and if the unit he's been assigned to will be good for us or not.
We were assigned Germany! The entire time he has been in the army, we have been hoping a praying for Germany. Both of us love to travel but yet have never left the country. We see it as a great opportunity for us to see the world and be exposed to different cultures and all the like. It is a very exciting outlook. BUT... there is a pretty big possibility that his orders will change. His current orders say that his reporting date is August 29th, but he wont finish up training until November 10th-ish. Add in his leave that he'll get afterward and we're not looking to report until December. So it is very unlikely that his unit will hold his spot for so long, but I'm hoping that they do. I have friends in Germany and England and it would be a great joy to be able to see them again in addition to tour Europe.
One of the negative aspects of getting a duty station like Germany is the sheer amount of work that goes into completing all the paperwork to get there. Even if orders change, as of right now we have to continue as if they aren't going to and we'll have to hope and pray that all our work isn't wasted. Some of that work wouldn't be so bad if we didn't have a pet, but the fact that we plan on bringing our mangy mutt adds a couple more things to take care of on top of everything else. Thank the lord that we do not have children yet. I have a friend that has three children and planned a PCS move to Germany, it took months and by the time the paperwork got almost approved, he husband began the process to be chaptered out of the Army due to medical complications. What a bummer... As of right now, I have three physicals and screenings lined up (or need to be lined up) within the next month. My husband has already started his screenings and shots, the paperwork is already being backed up, and sometime in the next week or two we need to arrange to order our passports (both no-fee and tourist). Whew, it's a lot of work. The Army doesn't want to give away trips to Germany for nothing. ;P
Something bittersweet about the unit my husband is currently assigned to is that it is a unit that often deploys first in order to set up communication headquarters and such in new territories. This can be both a good and bad thing. Good because the deployment times are often shorter (closer to the 6 month range) but bad because the first ones to arrive are often in the most danger and because the deployments are so short, they'll probably come more frequently. But we'll see... like I said, with the Army, everything is ALWAYS still up in the air.
But cross your fingers for me. Even with all the headaches and work, I would LOOOOOVVVVEEE to go to Europe for a couple of years. I'm hoping that if orders change, I get all the paperwork approved in time so I can actually leave with my husband too rather than me staying back and continuing to make arrangements. That would be the "ideal" situation, but we'll see what happens.