Posted on Sep 15, 2020
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PCSing to Riley soon. Need some help from people who were just there?

What are the nice areas/neighborhoods to go rent at?
Whats the training Tempo in ft riley?
How is the weather?
Any up coming deployments?
What is there to do in the surrounding areas?
Things to do for single soldiers on post?
Morale in the unit?
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Was at Riley a little over a year ago, I thought it was an awesome post. Manhattan is the nicest area you could live, particularly on the north west or north east sides. Lots of new housing developments but on post housing at Riley is also pretty good. I lived in ogden while I was there and if you live on the north side of ogden it’s actually pretty nice and there are a lot of military or retired military that live there. It puts you close to the gate so you don’t have to travel 30-40 minutes to get to work but your still off post and Manhattan is 5 miles down the highway. The training cycle when I was there was pretty heavy and we spent a lot of time in the field. I think I was in the field
More than I was at home for most of my time at Riley. The weather is kinda hot in the summer but the fall and spring are pretty nice. Once winter comes around it stuck around for a while. Expect it to go from November to April and with the winds in Kansas, it takes cold weather and makes it feel even colder. There’s a lot to do in manhattan. They have a learning center, a zoo, golf courses, escape rooms, pretty good aggieville where you can get some good food and drinks. It’s a college town so they have lots of stuff going on usually. They also have a flight school at the manhattan airport. I finished my private pilots license there and they are really good and professional. I can go on for a while, if you have any more specific questions. Don’t want this to turn into an essay.
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Manhattan is a little more than 5 miles from the nearest gate.
However, even the farthest portions are under 20 miles away.
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You’re definitely going to want to stay in Manhattan as far as living, op tempo definitely varies per unit but isn’t horrible even at its worst. Weather is weird, it will get bone chillingly cold in the winter due to the wind so definitely prepare for that. 2nd BDE in rotation right now probably be back soon, so that means 1st BDE is probably heading out sometime next year. Manhattan is a college town so lots to do in the way of sporting events, Kansas is big on hunting/fishing if you’re into that, on post there’s stuff up on the Hill at the Warrior Zone you can do. As far as Morale I mean in my opinion it is what you make it just like everywhere else. Fort Riley is a great post and I was definitely surprised by that at first! Good Luck on the move!
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Been a while since I was there. We rented in Manhattan, 11 miles away. Plenty to chose from; it's a college town with Kansas State just down the road. More expexspensive than Junction City outside the gate, but more to do. Don't know what Junction City looks like today, but it used to be called Junc City. Enjoy running Custer Hill, best of luck.
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Honestly MSG it’s probably worse now in JC. It’s definitely not the ideal living destination to say the least.
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