West Point Post Night - JBER Alaska

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Hello all,

I recently watched West Point's Post Night and was surprised to see so many cadets choose JBER in Alaska.
Could anybody tell me why this location was so sought after? I wouldn't think that Alaska would be the first choice for many cadets!

Thank you!
 

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Have you ever met anyone in the Army who has been stationed in Alaska? Apparently not.
THEY LOVE IT. LOVE IT. It is like some sort of outdoor adventure paradise that the rest of us could never understand.
I cannot say that I have met anyone stationed there! I'd be interested to hear all about it, though. Sounds pretty cool.
 

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Have you ever met anyone in the Army who has been stationed in Alaska? Apparently not.
THEY LOVE IT. LOVE IT. It is like some sort of outdoor adventure paradise that the rest of us could never understand.
Being originally from AK, I love this answer!
 

DrMom

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Think about it. You are young and it is your first post--it is far away and exotic (yet still the USA)--so it is thrilling to get there (driving on the ALCAN Hwy) and then you are stationed with other people like you. You have to plug in your car at night so it doesn't freeze during the winter. It is different--and Alaska is beautiful--hiking, skiing, hunting, exploring different cultures and funky little off-beat places. Sled dog racing, snow mobiles...fishing...
I was only there once on vacation in the middle of winter (to see the Northern Lights) but everyone you meet in the Army RAVES about being stationed in Alaska. Hopefully people will chime in to further describe the awesomeness.
 

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Think about it. You are young and it is your first post--it is far away and exotic (yet still the USA)--so it is thrilling to get there (driving on the ALCAN Hwy) and then you are stationed with other people like you. You have to plug in your car at night so it doesn't freeze during the winter. It is different--and Alaska is beautiful--hiking, skiing, hunting, exploring different cultures and funky little off-beat places. Sled dog racing, snow mobiles...fishing...
I was only there once on vacation in the middle of winter (to see the Northern Lights) but everyone you meet in the Army RAVES about being stationed in Alaska. Hopefully people will chime in to further describe the awesomeness.
I guess the cold weather has always made me overlook all the unique activities and experiences you get while in Alaska. And agreed, hopefully more people can attest to the fun that goes on there!
 

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Alaska was my first permanent assignment as a 2LT in the Army. I can't say that I loved it, but I was in Fairbanks. The winters were so cold and dark. The summers were incredible, though. It was so weird coming out of a dark bar at 2:00 a.m. and it being light outside! I did enjoy fishing, playing softball and running in the Midnight Sun Run 10k in the summer. I absolutely hated running PT when it was -20 degrees outside. I hated going to the field when it was that cold living in tents, packing in and out all bio, trying to get water to finally boil to get the CRats to cook and trying to ensure our vehicles' engines didn't seize up in the winter. Wearing our Vapor Barrier Mickey Mouse boots and our thick mitten. We went one winter where the high temperature for the day did not get above -50 degrees for 2 weeks straight! We used to call Anchorage the Banana Belt as it was always much warmer there, plus it was a much better location with an actual city. It was very expensive to fly back to the lower 48 states from there. I did not find the Fairbanks area to be especially pretty. But head down South and it was incredible. Denali National park was filled with animals and majesty. To see the moose, grizzly bears, caribou, eagles, etc. was magnificent. The reason I adore, the area, though is I met my spouse of 27 years there, so it was completely worth it!
 

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Alaska was my first permanent assignment as a 2LT in the Army. I can't say that I loved it, but I was in Fairbanks. The winters were so cold and dark. The summers were incredible, though. It was so weird coming out of a dark bar at 2:00 a.m. and it being light outside! I did enjoy fishing, playing softball and running in the Midnight Sun Run 10k in the summer. I absolutely hated running PT when it was -20 degrees outside. I hated going to the field when it was that cold living in tents, packing in and out all bio, trying to get water to finally boil to get the CRats to cook and trying to ensure our vehicles' engines didn't seize up in the winter. Wearing our Vapor Barrier Mickey Mouse boots and our thick mitten. We went one winter where the high temperature for the day did not get above -50 degrees for 2 weeks straight! We used to call Anchorage the Banana Belt as it was always much warmer there, plus it was a much better location with an actual city. It was very expensive to fly back to the lower 48 states from there. I did not find the Fairbanks area to be especially pretty. But head down South and it was incredible. Denali National park was filled with animals and majesty. To see the moose, grizzly bears, caribou, eagles, etc. was magnificent. The reason I adore, the area, though is I met my spouse of 27 years there, so it was completely worth it!
That sounds amazing. I don't know how well I would do with the cold, but definitely could see myself enjoying the nature.
 

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Have you ever met anyone in the Army who has been stationed in Alaska? Apparently not.
THEY LOVE IT. LOVE IT. It is like some sort of outdoor adventure paradise that the rest of us could never understand.
This is so true! It's like there is some sort of magical Kool Aid that they are all served when they first arrive. Oh, to be a young and adventurous JO at JBER!
 

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Spent my 2 yrs in the late 1970's in Texas. Never met a family that transferred in from Hawai'i that wanted to go back. Never met a family that transferred in from Alaska that didn't want to go back.
 
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I have never met ANYONE who lived in Alaska that didn't want to go back. My DH did quite a bit of contract work around Anchorage and he says if there was ever another opportunity we would be there too. I grew up in northern Wyoming so it wouldn't be so much different.
 

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As a Captain who did not have Alaska as an option as a cadet and just received my RFO (Request for Orders) to Wainwright, I have this to say:
1. Alaska is an outdoor paradise.
2. You can become an Alaska resident which means no state income tax and they have the oil money distribution for those that plan to return (read, buy a house before you leave)
3. It's Alaska.
 
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Hey! I grew up in Wyoming!

I lived in southeastern Wyoming, but there's so few of us I probably know you 🙄😉
Well- it was a long time ago- my DD is the candidate for USMA now. We just live across the border into Colorado, but there are times I wish we still lived up there- like now that she is waiting for an appointment!
 

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My Dad was stationed at Ft Richardson in 69-70. He loved his time there. I was only a couple of years old, but judging by the pictures and home movies, I did as well. I still have and use his skeet vest from the Elmendorf Rod and Gun Club.
 
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