Best and Worst Top Rated Air Force Bases; Overseas
Air Force Base Reviews; Overseas Edition
This edition comes upon the fact that when you fill out your "dream sheet" you are forced to list 10 stateside bases as well as 10 overseas bases (To read the Best and Worst Air Force Stateside Bases click here). So it is best that you are prepared for this when it comes. Keep in mind that you may not get anything on your list (my wife and I didn't). But, I enjoy the prospect of increasing my odds of being stationed somewhere deemed suitable. I would like to indicate that I will not be listing bases that are considered "Deployments".
Another thing I did note is that there are far less reviews for overseas bases. Most of the reviews are straight forward such as 'love' or 'Hate' this base. Perhaps this is because they are more compelled to write a review than those who had a wishy-washy experience. If I find more I will add them, but, this is what the majority of reviews have indicated so far.
Best Air Force Bases Overseas
This is a large base that does not have a lot of westernized shopping. If you can’t fit in smaller sized clothing you will be forced to order online. The commissary isn’t great and the types of food are limited. The weather is tropical and can become very humid in the summer, but, is great during the winter. If you want to experience the culture you will need to learn to drive on the opposite side of the road and cope with the narrow roadways. One review indicated to buy a chain link fence from the US and have it shipped to you, but, they didn’t mention why. There is a lot to do on the island and the people are very friendly, it is a great place if your spouse does not want to work. Overall, it seems that everyone enjoyed their time spent at Kadena despite some of the drawbacks.
You’ll have occasional lock downs and curfews imposed, but, most people seem to enjoy their time spent here. They have a DOD school that serves 9-12 grade and had just built a new BX, but, all in all the base is small. You are able to get gardeners and maids for a fairly cheap price to come clean and do yard work once a week (about $50 for both).
The base is small and it only takes about 45 minutes to travel from the north side of the island to the south. There are many small villages that are very friendly. The weather is great as well as the beaches. One review compared it to Hawaii, but, without the crowds. Travel comes easy as you can easily get to Japan and Korea.
Worst Air Force Bases Overseas
For the most part, you will have to live off base and may feel that Italian Houses are not up to par with western style housing. One review did happen to indicate that there is government housing, but, there is usually a one to two year wait. The Base often runs out of supplies at the PX and has been considered not family friendly. Traveling can be a pain due to traffic, the on base facilities are spread out and can be cumbersome to travel around. Typically, nothing is open in the city from noon to three. One review went as far as to refer it as “the gates of hell”, but, did not indicate much more than “Do not come here”. The majority of the reviews do indicate their dislike for this assignment. There was a single positive review that indicates for the right price you can find a nice place to live and that traveling was great.
It isn’t technically an AFB so they don’t have the “normal” base facilities as you would typically see. You are forced to travel to an Army base an hour and a half away to go to the commissary or shop locally using the Euro. Savings may be hard to come by as shopping locally or drive to the Army base. If you have children they will have to drive roughly an hour to the nearest international school.
From what I am seeing in the mass majority of reviews indicate that Ramstein is very unsanitary. Off base housing is nice, but, expensive. The Americans there are rude and are begging to leave. One review stated that the school system is out of date (But, I am unsure as to what that means).
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