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!!!
Sep 1, '12
I have been to Ft.Lewis TDY while stationed at Ft.Bragg (enlisted at the time) and I plan on begging to go there as soon as possible after I graduate! I love it there and have wanted to go back ever since!! The place is nice and the soldiers that I met there really enjoyed it. So close to the California coast! Yes I loved it and I think you should go for it imho!! Good luck! Please let me know how everything goes and how read oblc for you!!
Sep 1, '12
Lewis is nice in the summer months but sticks in the winter, mid 30's and drizzle, dark at 430pm.
Sep 8, '12
I was stationed at Fort Lewis in 09/10. I loved it there. A Lot of things to do outdoors; such as natural rain forest, great fishing, cruise to Alaska. Then there is always the big city of Seattle.
A LOT of RAIN and Drizzle. (part of living near a rainforest).
PT is done in the rain.... Wait. your an officer. scratch that. All us enlisted know medical officers only do PT 2x a year. at testing time. :P
Dec 2, '12
I stationed at Fort Lewis for just under four years as an enlisted. I would love to go back as an officer. Even as enlisted I worked in the ER at Madigan and it was pretty cush. Always wished I could go back and maybe now when I finish my degree in May I would jump at the chance to go back.
Dec 3, '12
Never been to Gordon but Lewis was really nice. Its a beautiful part of the country. I'd never pay to live there but if you're getting BAH, it would be great.
Dec 3, '12
It does cost alot more to live a Lewis. What does your boyfriend think about only being together only once or twice a year vs. once or twice a month? As I stated before the area around Lewis is beatiful 4-6 months a year but the other dark and damp. It is like Ft. Drum, nice 4-6 months a year and then cold & snowy. Both hospitals are Med Cens.
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