I am currently a 2LT Army RN at the required BOLC course at Ft. Sam Houston. My first assignment was not on my "wish list" but doable- Ft. Gordon. I wanted some place awesome like Hawaii or Colorado but I was content because I am from NY where my family still is and my boyfriend lives in Orlando, FL (about 6-7 hour drive to Augusta). My best friend lives in Charleston, only 2 hours away from Augusta. So I figured I would be happier in the long run with this location.
ANYWAY, it is day 3 at BOLC and 7NOV I have a ticket to Augusta, GA but I was approached by another Army RN at BOLC today who badly wants Gordon and would trade me for Ft. Lewis. This triggered a whole new life in my mind and a way more exciting one at that. I love the beach and the mountains and so does my playful dog! I am not sure if I plan to make a career out of the Army so I am afraid another opportunity like this may not come up in my 4years I will definitely be in. I do not know anyone in Seattle but I think I would really like it. I don't want to base the decision off my loved ones (although I know it is a huge factor due to distance) but I want to live up my life while I am young.
So my question to you all is to those of you who have been stationed at Gordon and/or Lewis....what are the pro's and con's??? I want to work a great hospital and I think Madigan is absolutely fantastic but I figured since Eisenhower is smaller I would get good opportunities in different units. Please let me know ANY tips that you may have. PS- I NEED TO MAKE THIS DECISION ASAP!!!! PLEASE HELP ME ARMY NURSES!!!