My husband is currently in bootcamp, and then will be at A school for ACEF, leaning towards ET. If he goes ET I was going to move to Chicago to live with him. The schooling (stated at MEPS, MEPS documents & his recruiter) say that ET school all together would be 119 weeks. I was wanting to know how he would go about living off base with me.
I know I have heard a billion answers from a billion different people, but I am positive that I want to live with him due personal situations. I just need to know whether or not that is possible due to liberty and all that jazz!
Any advice is helpful :)
After about two weeks, he can put in a Live Ashore request. All together, it takes about a month to get the paperwork finalized. Some rent, some use Navy housing which is just offbase. Given the bad winters, being close to the base is a plus.
AECF includes a "prep" school, ATT, which is included in the seat time required for accompanied orders. Both ET and FC school length qualify for a dependent move/accompanied orders He can even request a packout for you to move all your HHG, or you can do a DIY move, which has another set of requirements to get the reimbursement. Look at move.mil.
Be aware that both schools have "holds", time when they are waiting to class up to begin school, and sometimes waiting for orders afterward. That 19 weeks is laughable, he will be there much longer, up to a year.
His liberty once he gets Live Ashore will be pretty much Phase Three with no nightly curfew. You will be considered his liberty buddy. He will have duty every four days (current rotation) and will probably be required to spend the night on base on those days (maybe, I can't find the current policy online). He may have night classes. Right now the FCs are on nights. It can change. He may also have mandatory study or PT now and then. The 300 mile liberty limit will still apply. If he is late for class, he can lose Live Ashore privileges and must return to barracks life until he gets his act together. Never be late/UA.
I was an ET many years ago! The school was Monday through Friday from about 7 -3. The rest of the time was mine. Obviously I needed to study and periodically had duty. But mostly It is just like going to college. Finding a place to live can be tricky and expensive. But I applaud you for deciding to move there with him. I think it's a great idea. You may run into struggles along the way, but like any married couple, it's better to be together than apart. Working through issues like duty and housing only helps your relationship to get stronger. God bless. (John)