What do you miss when you are serving overseas? Depending on where you are deployed to you can either have all the comforts of home or be roughing it in a tent or even sleep under the stars. While I was deployed I was somewhere in the middle. We lived in tents, but had concrete floors. We had some amenities, but sometimes it left a lot to be desired.
Waking up in the middle of the night and…
…Wondering what’s that noise, am I safe? And then after deciding it isn’t worth worrying about rolling over and going back to bed.
…Having to go outside to use the bathroom: I live in a tent and well there are not any bathrooms. The porta potty is really the only option at night because it is close to the tent. The other option would be to find the key to the bathrooms and walk a few hundred feet in the dark to the “real” bathroom. “Real” bathrooms because the flush, but they are in a trailer and not an actual building.
…Wondering if the tent is going to survive the thunderstorm, heavy rain in a tent is very different than a house. It is loud and I was pretty certain I would be wake up standing in a puddle of water. Luckily the tent survived.
Getting to eat whatever you want whenever you want
Pizza is yummy, but it is starting to get old. It is the only place that serves food all the time. The dining facilities on the Forward Operating Base (FOB) are closed most of the day.
Microwavable meals add variety, but hey they are microwavable
Deciding if you are going to risk eating whatever is served at the French Dining Facility or just settle for whatever crap they serve at the American one. There are two dining facilities on the FOB and the food is often better at the French one, but sometimes it is a little strange. The American Dining Facility is almost always not good and sometimes it is weird combinations. I love when I get to go to Bagram and have a bunch of options for lunch and dinner.
Um…I miss healthy food, didn’t really know that was possible, I don’t even like salad and I want salad.
Using a real gym
It won’t be so dirty. Everything is covered by a layer of dirt and yuck. Don’t even think about trying to sit on the ground to stretch or do sit ups.
Weight options between 10-25 lbs ( we only have one 10 lb weight and then 25+) It isn’t very helpful for me. I would love to have a 15 pound weight option.
Real TV, not the Air Force Network
We have a TV in our office and we get to watch Good Morning America, random cooking shows and whatever the most popular show they pick is. It is great to have TV, but man I have watched how to make fancy cakes a lot and it is only so exciting. To have other options will be nice.
Jeans and Yoga Pants
Everyday I wear my military uniform or Physical Training (PTs) uniform. It isn’t very exciting. You can only be so excited when deciding between your different versions of uniforms. But the flame retardant one is the most comfortable. It is almost like wearing jeans. But it isn’t the same.
And Yoga Pants don’t even get me started…
I wish I could make a yummy snack. I really enjoy baking every once and awhile. The closest thing we have to baking is a microwave. It is better than nothing, but I still miss having an oven and a stove.
These were some of the things I missed after being in Afghanistan for about two months. Simple little things. Sometimes I forget how blessed I am living back home. I have so much, we all do.
What things did you miss while serving overseas? And if you didn’t serve overseas, what thing do you think you would miss the most?