I've heard from many other spouses who have been through this before that typically you do not find out where you will be stationed until towards the end of AIT, often times just a week or two before graduation. So you can imagine my surprise when my husband's company all found out this week the duty stations they're all assigned to once they graduate in March. Well, at least their assignments as of now -- nothing is definite until you have paper orders in hand, so it could easily change at some point over the next four months.
When he created his "wish list" during reception, he got to select one stateside location and three overseas. For stateside, we were hoping for a base in the Virginia/DC/Maryland area so we'd be near some family that we're close to but don't get to see as much as we'd like, as well as to have greater job/grad school prospects for me, so he selected one of the bases in that region as his one stateside pick. For overseas, he selected Germany, Italy, and Japan. We were really hoping to get Germany or Italy, because we think that would just be an amazing experience to get to live in Europe for a few years (especially while we don't have children yet). We also figured we would have greater odds of getting overseas since he was asked to select so many more of them compared to stateside.
As of now, it looks like we're heading to Texas! We're a little disappointed we didn't receive something on the official wish list (or even something on our personal extended wish list like Fort Lewis in Washington, or Fort Carson in Colorado), but we still feel pretty good about getting the base we've been assigned. Out of the three Army bases in Texas, it's certainly the best one. And we'll be right in a major city with a lot to do and see. Plus there's always the huge plus that my husband feels good about the unit he's assigned to and that he'll actually be able to do the job he's training for, rather than being assigned to some random infantry unit like is common with others in his MOS. The planner in me certainly finds comfort in learning this so early on, but then there's still the discomfort of knowing that this could easily change.