When Kyle and I moved to Fort Polk 2 years ago I had no idea how different of a military experience it would be for us. At first I was very excited at the idea of not having an FRG or much interaction with families, now I am realizing how much I miss it. I've had school to keep me busy and now E but I'm itching for that experience again.
Here are some things that I miss the most:
*I miss not having daily interactions with families. Family events here are few and far between. If they do happen they encompass all of Operations Group so it's hard to really get to know people. When units are here training soldiers within OPS Group are constantly working so most families stay to themselves.
*I miss FRG meetings (haha not something that most spouses would say). Getting information and hanging out for an hour or so with other spouses and family members was fun for me.
*I miss volunteering. I spent 2 1/2 years at Fort Bliss being both a company FRG leader as well as a BN Senior Advisor and while I was insanely busy it was one of the most rewarding experiences as a military spouse. It was the same at Fort Bragg, I spent 4 years volunteering with the FRG. Yes, I could volunteer in other capacities but the FRG was my jam.
*I miss the traditional unit structure. Operations Group and JRTC are so different from traditional units, there are no battalions or brigades. It's definitely an interesting beast.
*I miss coffee groups! I've been a part of some amazing coffee groups and while some people do not like that it encompassed a certain group of spouses I enjoyed getting to know other spouses whose husband had a similar rank and experience.
We are a few months away from finding out if Kyle has been picked up for promotion and when that happens we will be off to our new home next summer, and we will only be at that duty station for a year and I know that there won't be an FRG.
I can't wait to get back into a traditional unit and pick back up with volunteering within the unit and getting to know families and be a part of real unit again. I know Kyle is looking forward to it as well.
It's amazing how you can miss something that you never thought you would.