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Bahrain Moms

If you have a son or daughter in Bahrain or going to Bahrain heres the group for you!!!!!!

Members: 367
Latest Activity: on Friday


Life in Bahrain
I have many moms asking me, hows life in Bahrain? So I thought I would put a few things together, post it and update, make corrections as I remember something. Well aside from the very hot sun, nice beaches,museums,malls on and off base,the sand storms , which reak havoc on the weapons some carry :). Here are a few thing that might help.

New Arrivals
1. 2 or 3 weeks of training and classes to learn Bahrain customs,laws and the Navys do's & don't's
2. Not allowed off base til the training is complete.
3. No family housing. Non military persons were removed after 9/11. ("09" spouses allowed back )
4. Lower rank personal(I'll check the rank) must live on base in barricks. Others live off base in rental units.

Duty
1. Shifts are 12 hours long.
2. No uniforms are to be worn off base at any time only civ's (civilian cloths)
3. Unlike the States, there week is Sunday - Thursday weekend is Friday and Saturday.

Misc.
1.They buy cell phones on base at the mall or Nex. They can call you for about 10 cents and send texts for 10 cent per text. (Tho in Bahrain they go by BD'S Bahrain Dollars).
NOTE: They CAN NOT text to some cell phone services. The ones I know are Nextel,Verizon and Sprint.
2. Everything they need can be bought on base at the mall or Nex. Even computers,tv's, music,movies .....everything......
3. Drinking: 18 is the legal drinking age in Bahrain on and off base.This goes for the military personal also with one Navy rule in order to buy/drink liquor or whiskey you must be 21, but at 18 they can consume/purchase beer and wine.

Mail
1. They have a on base post office. Which is closed I belive on Monday's.
2. On packages/letters you send DO NOT write Bahrain,middle east or Manama anywhere on the outside of the mail. This may make it arrive to the town P.O.(Manama) instead of onbase. The military ships its own mail but if it does not arrive to the state side base to be shipped to your sailor than its put on a internatial mail flight and sent to the town P.O. Your sailor will have a p.o. box with a FPO address on base only use the address he/she gives you and your return address. It will look something like this.
*Rank Name*
PSC ??? Box ???
FPO AE 09840-2800



http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/home.asp
http://www.bahraintribune.com/index.asp
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/bahrain/index.htm (This one is the base news)





Sailors on a Liberty Tour

U.S. NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain -- The Oklahoma City rock band "Hinder" peforms outside the NSA Bahrain's Freedom Souq June 22. The hundreds of attendees included service members assigned to NSA Bahrain and from visiting ships USS Peleliu (LHA-5), USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), USS Curts (FFG-38) and USS Dallas (SSN-700). The event was sponsored by the NSA Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anderson Bomjardim (Released)

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Shipping a POV...

Started by loveispatient Jul 27. 0 Replies

Visiting, shopping, travel, etc.

Started by Melissa. Last reply by MA - Big Als Mama Mar 16. 7 Replies

Families in Bahrain

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Comment by JustCathy on Friday

Valerie, my son has Sprint, but there is no international service there.  He uses Magic Jack app along with the internet to call. That works pretty good.

Comment by Concernedad on Thursday

Cryptodad, perhaps WE don't have the necessary means to control ebola. We obviously were not prepared for it.

Comment by Valerie on Wednesday

Thank you for the info, so if we have Sprint I will call to see if someone can tell me if they have service in there.  We don't have any apple products so we can just face time with skype.

Comment by KC'smom on October 13, 2014 at 8:23pm

internet is free so they can Skype you or facetime you ( apple products).  It's awesome but the reception isn't always great.  But we get to see him!!!  By the way, my son is heading back there again in a bit.  :-(

Comment by CryptoDad on October 13, 2014 at 7:02pm

International cell service can get pretty pricey.

Skype is free.

Comment by Amazonannie on October 13, 2014 at 6:36pm
US embassy in Manama Bahrain, need to make appointment, last I knew. Just google US passport renewal while living in Bahrain
Comment by Amazonannie on October 13, 2014 at 6:31pm
Tmobile works perfectly fine in Bahrain and most Arab countries over there. Their website has a list for global coverage
Comment by Valerie on October 13, 2014 at 6:26pm

My son is leaving for Bahrain in a couple of months, I noticed you stated they do not have cell phone coverage there with the common providers like Sprint.  So they have to pay for a phone and a plan thru a company there in Bahrain. This is a little confusing to me.  Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.

Comment by CryptoDad on September 23, 2014 at 2:45am

Concernedad,

I'd be a bit concerned if the US held back and did nothing.

The press loves a "plague". But put things into perspective: There have been 2,600 ebola deaths in Africa this year, There are 50,000 malaria deaths in Africa EVERY MONTH,

Ebola is a serious disease, but it is only a "plague" due to lack of sanitation and primitive medical facilities. We have the people trained to deal with that sort of thing. Why not stop it in Africa if we can?

Comment by BronxNYNewNavyMOM on September 22, 2014 at 12:18am
Does anyone know where a sailor must go and how long it takes to renew passports in Bahrain?
 

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