Posted on Jun 29, 2021
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Hello everyone! I’ve recently PCS’d to Fort Shafter, HI. I am a single soldier with no dependents. I have been assigned a barracks room on Schofield Barracks ~17 miles away. I’m currently relying on carpooling and Uber, as I don’t have a POV here. Ive expressed that it is costly for me to pay for Uber’s to travel 35 mins both ways to Fort Shafter. I am told to wait a few months and hopefully space will present itself. Is there anything I can do?
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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You need to go get yourself a vehicle. It's part of adulting
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SSG Brian G.
SSG Brian G.
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SGT (Join to see) - You need to re-read SFC (Join to see) statement. He said he NEEDS to get a vehicle, not that he was required to.
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SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
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SPC (Join to see) - The First Sergeant may well have some suggestions that can help You or refer You to people Who can , no harm in asking.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
SSgt Joseph Baptist
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One of the supposed benefits of barracks life is that you are not supposed to need a POV.
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Sgt Dale Briggs
Sgt Dale Briggs
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SSgt Joseph Baptist - absolutely need? Probably not, but a 17 mile one way to work is much more difficult. Plus being in HI your tied to Uber? No thanks, I’d go buy a car, I’d want to get around and explore.
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This is unheard of as a single soldier without dependents and transportation is to be assigned a barracks room closet to the organization. If the barracks are full, then the best option would be for the CSM or 1SG to move out a soldier who has a POV to offset the transportation situation. This however puts the financial strain on the soldier who is in place to pay for gas that they currently do not have to pay for. It’s a lose lose situation. The best way forward would be for the BC to authorize BAH for the soldier who has a POV to offset cost and move the SPC in the barracks. Once barracks space opens up, rescind the BAH, and move the other soldier back in. Just ensure that the lease is a six month lease for the soldier collecting BAH and all should work out. I was stationed at Schofield and my wife was at Shafter with our housing at HMR. It was a tough drive for her every morning, about 12 miles, but if you know anything about Hawaii, you know that everyone lives outside of downtown and all flood H2 highway to get downtown in the morning. An hour to go 10 miles is the norm if you miss the window for morning rush. Also, don’t buy a moped or motorcycle as it will get stolen before you are done with PT. It’s sad but very true. Also it is unsafe to drive on the H1, H2, or H3 with either of those as everyone drives like they are auditioning for Fast and Furious in the early mornings so safety would be of great concern.
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SFC S2 Intelligence Ncoic
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Very good suggestions in the comments. Besides public trans, maybe you could consider purchasing a scooter under 50cc, so you dont have to be licensed to drive it. Great on fuel as well.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
CPT Lawrence Cable
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SFC (Join to see) - The scooters we call Liquor Cycles here are nominal 50 CC, in reality they are under that and exempt from any licensing and registration here, although you are still supposed to have a permit to ride one if you don't have a license. That isn't true in every state. A number of States have started treating them like motorcycles, or at least to some degree. This is the rules in Hawaii. http://www.genuinescooters.com/scooter-state-laws.html#hawaii
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CPT Lawrence Cable oh wow, didn't know that. Good to know.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
CPT Lawrence Cable
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SFC (Join to see) - A lot of states have started regulating the small scooters to some degree, especially in the Southern/Western states were they are usable most of the year. Some of it's safety, some of it is generating income. The no license, no registration, no insurance stuff was probably the general rule ten years ago. Not anymore.
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Probably the best idea.
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