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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: 465
Latest Activity: on Saturday


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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Comment by Dolo on Saturday

I will be leaving this group now.  My daughters orders changed after a few weeks.  At this time she wont be going there.   Good luck to all of you & your sailors

Comment by FLmom5 on Wednesday

Thank you for the comments and suggestions.  I feel a little overwhelmed at this point.  I never dreamt my son would be sent so far away right after A school!

Comment by ValK on Wednesday

Dear FLmom - Our son left for Bahrain 1.5 weeks ago, spent a week in Norfolk & then found out he needed his civi passport which were able to overnight to him.  His orders were correct but not flight info so he flew out 2 days late.  Four flights to destination.  Good luck & prayers to all the families & moms out there.

Comment by dori on April 26, 2016 at 8:14pm
My son is an MA and has been in Bahrain since November 2015. Prior to him leaving to Bahrain we contacted our cell provider ATT to let them know he will be out of the country for 2 years and suspended his service the day he left. ATT will put a hold on his phone for 3 years and he can still have his same cell # when he returns home. International calling plans can be expensive so we tried Skype and Viber. Both work over the Internet Wifi and are FREE!!!! I prefer Viber myself... you can have group chats, calls, send pictures and video. FYI... be sure your Sailor turns his phone off while traveling to Bahrain... roaming fees are crazy high! Luckily ATT reversed all charges.
I hope this has been helpful. :)
Comment by Newsubmom on April 26, 2016 at 2:36pm

Hi All-It's been a long time since I posted on this page but I feel compelled to share some info! We did not use international phone service. Our son used Skype with his computer to our phone when he called. This worked pretty well with some delays in the conversation depending on the call. Honestly they work a lot of hours there and with the big time change phone calls aren't all that easy. Just remember that if you use Skype to your phone the call will come through somewhere in the US. Our first call came through Palm City in California and due to the delay I thought it was a robo call and hung up on our son on his first call! We laugh about that now! We also used Facebook messenger a lot! That works really well. Our son put a hold on his cell phone (IPhone) and was able to use it through WiFi in his apartment. Calls get really expensive and connections can be clear as day or really bad. We also briefly used WhatsApp for texting but FB worked just as well. We were able to send packages through the FPO address and usually they got to him within a week. Don't send things to their apartment or they may never get them. It is a long trip over and there are frequently travel delays on either end. Our son had a couple of days delay on both ends of his travel. We did not hear from him until he had been there for about 24 hours. It takes a while to get adjusted to that big a time difference. He made good friends in Bahrain, learned a lot about the culture and put in a lot of hours. Best wishes to all... hope this is helpful!

Comment by FLmom5 on April 26, 2016 at 10:52am

My son is still in A school in GL.  He called yesterday saying he received his orders and is going to Bahrain after he graduates.  I am a total mess!  Are there things I need to do for him besides setting up his cell phone to receive international calls? This is my first encounter with the military, so everything is new to me.  Thank you in advance for any and all advice!

Comment by Nic on April 25, 2016 at 1:09pm
Thank you Sassysis. I'm working on his phone service no. We currently have Verizon.
Comment by Sassysis on April 23, 2016 at 9:07pm

I contacted our bank to let them know that our daughter is in the military and will be stationed in Bahrain for next 2 years.  They told me that they flag the account as military - over seas and should work just fine.  Also  as of February Sprint now has a tower in Bahrain.  Strongly advise anyone with Sprint have their phone set up for international before they leave the states.

Comment by Nic on April 23, 2016 at 12:45pm
Does anyone know a bank debit card will work in Bahrain?
Comment by ValK on April 23, 2016 at 11:05am

After being home for a couple of months, our Son left for Bahrain last week, flew to Norfolk but orders were incorrect stayed at Navy Lodge for a week (who pays for this).  He flew out earlier this week, some L O N G layovers.  Waiting to hear that he is on base, safe & sound for the next 1-2 yrs.

 

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