Should I bring the wife and children to FAA academy?

RomeoNovember

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Any advice on weather it would be a a good or bad idea to bring the family while going through the academy? Will they be a help or a distraction? I would really like to hear the pros and cons on this question!
 

mikecoyne34

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

Any advice on weather it would be a a good or bad idea to bring the family while going through the academy? Will they be a help or a distraction? I would really like to hear the pros and cons on this question!
Pro- if you love your wife and kids, they'll be there with you.

Con- if you have the type of wife that won't be able to understand that you need to study and need to go to school, so she therefore needs to take care of the kids majority of the time, it could effect your school work.
 

Niagra19

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

Pro- if you love your wife and kids, they'll be there with you.

Con- if you have the type of wife that won't be able to understand that you need to study and need to go to school, so she therefore needs to take care of the kids majority of the time, it could effect your school work.
Good Points!

Pro - (if you do not live near the facility you are going to) bringing them means you only have to pay to sustain 1 household (rent, utilities, etc)

My husband and infant are coming with me. We had almost verbatim the discussion above. He is in charge of our son full time so I can study. If it becomes too much for him, I'm sending them both to live with my mother-in-law.
 

mbalunda

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

If you can afford it, by all means I think they should come.
 

jholw311

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

I am planning on bringing my wife and our 21 month old daughter. We sold our house here in Parker and close on it Nov 11th and my class starts Nov 14th so it worked out well. We are staying in Kim's family housing.
 

RomeoNovember

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

I am planning on bringing my wife and our 21 month old daughter. We sold our house here in Parker and close on it Nov 11th and my class starts Nov 14th so it worked out well. We are staying in Kim's family housing.
How much is it costing you each month?
 

DE_UND_CTI

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

I brought my wife and daughter with me for my tower class and stayed at Kim's Place as well. It worked out great and actually made me more relaxed at the academy because I wasn't worrying about them or constantly thinking about them. I'm at the academy right now for RTF and this time we decided that it would be better for them to stay back home. I'm only here for a month and we have a house to take care of now, something we didn't have to worry about the first time I came here. It just depends on your situation, but I agree with the above posters that your family has to be very supportive if they do come with you.
 

Rosstafari

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

Glad I brought mine, it would've been misery without them.

Just make sure you're all on the same page when you start so they won't be surprised that you may not be available some evenings/weekends/holidays because you're studying or working. It's going to be the case for the next few decades, especially during training. Might as well lay it down now so nobody ends up with false expectations.
 

Radium

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

Well, time for some devils advocate.

Depending on how old you are, going without family makes your time at Okc much more enjoyable. School sucks, so afterwards your class is going to get a beer or go bowling or whatever... ya you can't go. My class did a ton of events/nights on the town... which just don't work with a baby at home.

Sometimes its nice, while going through all the stresses of class, to not have to worry about anything but yourself. My rtf class had quite a few married people, and we had a great time without our other halfs. The wives did come visit or vice versa every few months.
 

Radium

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

Oh and randomly chicks in Okc will want to bang you, and that's tough with the family at ur apartment
 

Durden

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

I am bringing the family for sure. Life is boring in the evenings without 2 dogs, a 3 year old, and my lovely wife. I got out of the military so I would not have to leave my family.
 

Hiro

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Oh and randomly chicks in Okc will want to bang you, and that's tough with the family at ur apartment

Really? You don't have to share all the thoughts in your head you know.
 

Radium

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

shut it rook, sex and air traffic is like peanut butter and jelly
 

Hiro

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

shut it rook, sex and air traffic is like peanut butter and jelly

Oh... OK, thanks for the tip. So, just to be clear, is advocating leaving your family at home in the off chance to get some strange also a part of air traffic, or is that just your own unique form of d-baggery?

P.S. you don't have to have over 1,500 posts on stuck mic to no longer be considered a "rook".
 

deltabravo89

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Re: Bring the wife and children?

Oh... OK, thanks for the tip. So, just to be clear, is advocating leaving your family at home in the off chance to get some strange also a part of air traffic, or is that just your own unique form of d-baggery?

P.S. you don't have to have over 1,500 posts on stuck mic to no longer be considered a "rook".
Actually you have to have more than 5. You lose.