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Hi. My son is a bubble head (submariner). He will be in Bahrain in November. I am a little nervous about it. Security (how safe), do they live on base, can we visit? I read that it is very expensive...are they paid enough for over there?

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Sorry my son is an E4 Petty Officer Logistics Specialist. Apparently he is going over as a Submarine specialist of sorts. He will be part of a newer division over there, its only been up and running for about a year.
Sorry yes this is his first time there or any where outside of the US.

Hi there! My son spent a year in Bahrain and he did fine. I believe they have an option of living on or off base, but it might depend on rank. While there my son traveled quite a bit, visiting Sri Lanka, Dubai, and Oman. He felt that it was easy to save money as long as you don't get snagged in the souks (markets) buying trinkets and fake watches, lol. If you don't own a car there are ample taxis available, and I believe there are some that the Navy recommends. On that note, your son will be briefed thoroughly on where it's safe to go and where to stay away from. They are also briefed on local customs and courtesies, which my son found very helpful. As with any situation, safety is a must. It's best not to go anywhere alone and always let someone know where you are going. It's a moderate country as far as religion goes. Your son will hear the call to prayer throughout the day and during Ramadan he will be expected to dress accordingly while off base (Long sleeve shirt, long pants, close toed shoes).  As far as traveling there, you can visit,but the flights are rather costly. I would have loved to have gone though. Bahrain is a very small island, so I would tell your son to try and not see/do everything right away. My son did and regretted it later, I suppose that's why he felt the need to travel. It's funny though, because he left Bahrain and went right onto an air craft carrier (he's an aviation corpsman) that patrols that region, and two of it's most common stops were bahrain and Dubai! Ah well! Oh, encourage your son to get a track phone with an international plan. It's so much cheaper in the long run than trying to use prepaid cards and the reception is much better. :)

Thanks Rebecca! Your information made me feel much better.

You are so welcome! It will definitely be an adjustment for all of you. Is this the first time he will be overseas? It was the first time for my son. I admit. I cried like a baby, and worried myself sick. BUT, it was all for nothing because everything worked out fine. You'll cherish those phone calls and pictures. I hope he has a good time while he's there. And maybe you can go visit! That would be great!

Yes this will be the first time he has gone overseas. I am use to him being gone on the boat (sub)for 3 mths at a time with just a few emails from him. He is currently based in GA. I have been grateful that he has been in the US. My boy is excited about going. He has always been one to look for an adventure. It's just harder since I have not been able to work since Aug 2013. 4 surgeries last year and 1 more to go this July. So being home recuperating leaves lots of time to think /worry. I hope to be well enough in 2016 to visit him and have an adventure myself!
Thanks Rebecca!


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