Posted on Mar 17, 2019
PV2 Signal Support Systems Specialist
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Got my orders Friday. Report date is the 29th but I am leaving next week by way of GOV.
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1SG Frank Boynton
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If you are any kind of sportsman, you are going to live Ft Lewis. You can go from sea level to 14,400 feet in 30 minutes. Fishing and hunting is some of the best in the Northwestern part of the US. If you are a PT addict there are opportunities to run, climb, ski (water and snow). Check in at the replacement center. As mentioned it takes about a week to process you to your unit. A long long time who it was pretty boring. Early morning formation. People shipping were called out everyone else cleaned the barracks. But once you start processing it goes very quickly. Enjoy the duty station. I served 3 tours at Lewis and loved every one of them.
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SPC Crew Chief
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As stated above, JBLM is beautiful. The Scenery is amazing, on a nice day Mt. Rainer looks over JBLM. I’ve been stationed there since 2016 and loved everyday of it. There is always something to do off post, all you have to do is look. I make monthly trips to Rainer (Not now, currently at Camp Hump). It rains a lot or is over cast but don’t let that ruin your day. Just cause it’s raining doesn’t mean then fun stops.
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Permanent Change of Stations (PCS) orders will vaguely tell you either the Battalion, Brigade, or the Replacement company of the military installation in which you are reporting to. Always remember this.....no matter where you ever PCS to, you will always report to replacement/reception. You will NEVER PCS to a new duty station location and report directly to your unit. JBLM has to receive you first before your gaining unit does (if that makes sense).
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I accidentally hit the POST button before I was done typing. But anyways, so remember that as a general rule of thumb. You inprocess post first before you inprocess your gaining unit. If a GOV is taking you to your duty station, then you shouldn’t really worry about where you need to go. They should be taking you directly to JBLMs reception/replacement unit where you will stay (roughly up to a week) to do all of your post inprocessing (get pinpoint orders, get CIF, get finances and admin organized if necessary, etc.). You do not wanna start off on the wrong foot and show up to JBLM calling a number to your gaining unit or going directly into your gaining units offices like “hey, I’m here, what do I do now.” Don’t be a soup sandwich (#8up). Your gaining unit surprisingly is already tracking you. Maybe not specifically by name, but they are tracking that they will receive another body to fill in a position on their units rosters around a certain time period (if that makes sense).

Just take a deep breath, enjoy the new sceneries (especially if you have never visited the west coast), and taking things one step at a time. Don’t rush things. You have a bright future ahead of you. Feel free to contact. I may not know much about JBLM but Army common knowledge, yes. Congratulations on graduating AIT and making it to permanent party status. Most importantly, welcome to the Family. The Army Family.
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