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Anyone On Here In The Military Reading This That Has Ever Been Stationed On Saipan ?.....

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....Or anyone who has visited there or may be from there. ??

 

IF so, I have a couple of questions I would like to ask.

 

I am just looking for some insight.

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

Dennis:)

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My neices husband is in the Coast Guard. He just got his new orders today. His next tour will be Saipan for three years.

 

 

They have one daughter who is our grand niece she is also the only granddaughter my sister in law has and his mother has.

 

All 3 ladies were at my house today crying, sobbing you name it because they will be so far away.

 

 

 

All of them hit the Internet today and were comparing notes. They all seemed to have come up with negative things. I was hoping that maybe someone who had been stationed there may have something positive to say.:)

 

I am staying out of the deal. Although I will miss my grand niece and them very much it comes with the territory.

 

I told them that he chose the military as a career and when it comes down to it, it is him, his wife, child and a suitcase. He has to go where ordered. All of a sudden I was the bad guy.:huh:

 

I had to get the hell out here !

 

 

Dennis

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My neices husband is in the Coast Guard. He just got his new orders today. His next tour will be Saipan for three years.

 

 

They have one daughter who is our grand niece she is also the only granddaughter my sister in law has and his mother has.

 

All 3 ladies were at my house today crying, sobbing you name it because they will be so far away.

 

 

 

All of them hit the Internet today and were comparing notes. They all seemed to have come up with negative things. I was hoping that maybe someone who had been stationed there may have something positive to say.:)

 

I am staying out of the deal. Although I will miss my grand niece and them very much it comes with the territory.

 

I told them that he chose the military as a career and when it comes down to it, it is him, his wife, child and a suitcase. He has to go where ordered. All of a sudden I was the bad guy.:huh:

 

I had to get the hell out here !

 

 

Dennis

 

Your problem was trying to reason and use logic with the wimmins kind. :D

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Oh I forget I ran into a guy from there a few years ago and all he talked about were these things (brown tree snakes). I am sure this does not help with the ladies in your house though. :shock::D

 

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Sorry, but there's more negatives about Saipan than positives, as far as I'm concerned. Probably better than being stationed in Antarctica. Last time I was there was about 10 years ago, so I'm sure it's changed somewhat (hopefully for the better).

 

Saipan is in the middle of the Pacific, so it's hot, humid, expensive, gets lots of Typhoons/Hurricanes, etc... Water quality is suspect, as there are frequent interruptions to service (similar problems with power). If you dive, Yap and Palau (World Class diving) are relatively close. There are also lots of outfits that cater to foreign divers (main source of tourist income). Fishing is good if you have a boat, but pretty bad from shore. (Side note - I was invited to take a one week boating trip to some uninhabited islands just to the North of Saipan to fish, dive and collect coconut crabs but had to decline as I get violently seasick. Would have been fun though.) There's deer hunting in nearby Rota. There's a casino (run by operators from Macau) on nearby Tinian. There are places to drink and eat local food. They have a McDonald's, KFC and Hyatt Resort. Most everything except the bars close before 8:00 in the evening. Takes about half an hour to drive around the whole island.

 

Anyone that frequents the hostess bars in Saipan should be aware that the vast majority of the girls working in these joints are from the far east and test positive for TB. Even if you do wear a raincoat, that doesn't protect you from possibly catching TB.

 

Guam (the armpit of the Pacific) is less than an hours plane ride away from Saipan. Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore are all just a few hours away.

 

Unless you enjoy the "slow" life, being stationed out there for three years will be a test.

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Funny, I must have spent close to a year in Guam and Saipan (in two to three week increments) and have never come across a live brown tree snake (except in traps). This includes tromping thru the jungle and meeting up with pigs, deer, fruit bats, game birds, etc...:huh:

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Not sure if the USCG offers accompanied tour of duty vice un accompanied tour where wife and kid stays home and tour is shortened say from 3 year to 18 months, some thing he might ask, have shipmate retired and lives on Guam doesnt say much good about it,

 

R&R Singapore is the cleanest place in World, no litter,no grafiti, no chewing gum, they have very strict laws and they ENFORCE Them, also Very very expensive, Hong Kong GREAT shopping, greatfood,same across bay at Kowloon, Free Tiger beer when shopping in custom clothing store's Japan very expensive,Tokyo/ Yokohoma far to crowded, if going I would visit Beppu, Sasebo, can be damm Cold in Winter. Heads up Shimano fishing reels Bought in Japan that are normally not available in USA. when reel brought to USA the warranty Does Not apply and hard to get parts for them as per Shimano tech rep Bantam one.

 

First I would ask about tour can he go alone for 18 months, didnt mention housing ,is it available for family ??? .

 

Reminds me of a Navy catholic chaplin who got orders to Keflivick Iceland,I ask him if he had pissed off the Pope, this guy must have crossed paths with someone who didnt like him or he feels it will be a great stepping stone in his career (promotion wise) to take this duty, we used to have USCG Master Chief Eric any one seen or heard from him perhaps he will jump in

 

 

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My brother and his wife lived on Saipan for 3 years during the late 90's. She's a schoolteacher and was offered a position there straight out of collegd. My wife and I visited them and spent a month there and found the place to be great! There's a melange of cultures and languages that makes for an interesting experience. It's a laid back, friendly island with absolutely beautiful water and beaches along with truly world class fishing for marlin, tuna, dog tooth and yellowfin, mahi mahi, some sailfish, wahoo and LARGE ulua(GT). Shore fishing was also great. Three years is a doable stretch, especially if they like fishing and tropical beaches.

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