Newcomers and Not so Newcomers to Ft. Bragg

Regardless of whether your family has been in the army for a few months or a few decades, it is little wonder that a PCS (“permanent change of station” a.k.a. military move) can be a daunting prospect. The questions are endless: “Should we live on-post or off-post? Tricare Prime or Tricare Standard? How will I meet people? Where will we go to church? Is there anything family friendly to do… especially when all I see driving down Bragg Blvd are pawn shops, car dealers, and strip joints?” On a post as big as Ft Bragg, even, “How do I get to the commissary?” is a relevant question.
My first year here was extremely isolating, after all this place is HUGE! I didn’t know about any resources other than the ACS (Army Community Services) and that place is proportionally as massive as the post. Even if a new army wife had the guts to walk into that building, would she even know what she was looking for? As a rule, military towns are not exactly known for their arts and culture; it takes a little time and a lot of luck to know where to look. My husband and I have been living here for over 2 years now, and with the help of great friends, I feel as though I am starting to get the hang of things. Isolation is a big issue in any military community and getting out of the house can take some work. I have created this resource to be a leg up for military families at Ft. Bragg. Websites such as militaryonesource.org are wonderful sources for facts on the logistics of moving, emotional health resources, family issues, etc. Guide to Thriving in a Military Town is a more hands on , street-smart guide to local attractions, those awesome mom and pop restaurants that only the locals know about, and how to get connected to the community. This is the type of information I wish I had had as a newcomer and I hope it will be helpful to you.

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A relevant resource for getting around in your military community