Vida Militar

Tiempo libre

Si bien la vida en las Fuerzas Armadas es, ciertamente, diferente de la vida civil en muchos aspectos, los miembros del Servicio pueden disfrutar de tiempo libre y relajarse con amigos, dedicarse a sus intereses personales o pasatiempos, y también descubrir actividades nuevas.

Volunteering

Airman First Class Abby Roetzel spends her weekends volunteering at a local animal shelter.

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Guevara Cortez: My name is Jose Guevara Cortez and I’m an Air Force staff sergeant, stationed at Joint Base San Antonio. I’m looking to find out what life in the Military is really like, and how it may be different than what you think. Today I’m going to meet up with Airman First Class Abby Roetzel, a pediatric medical technician who aspires to be a veterinarian. Instead of meeting up on base, though, Abby told me to come find her here, at the Animal Defense League, where she volunteers on the weekends. It’s not necessarily what you’d expect to see an Air Force Airman doing, but the Military encourages us to be leaders in our community. And that’s why I can’t wait to check it out.

Roetzel: Hi!

Guevara Cortez: Hey! Nice to meet you. I’m Jose.

Roetzel: Nice to meet you. I’m Abby. Welcome to the Animal Defense League. Do you want to take a look around?

Guevara Cortez: Yeah, please, please.

Roetzel: All right.

Guevara Cortez: Show me around. Oh, thank you.

Roetzel: You’re welcome.

Guevara Cortez: Appreciate it.

Roetzel: I think all the dogs in here are under at least 15 pounds. There’s tons more in here. This is my favorite. His name’s Deputy. 

Guevara Cortez: Deputy?

Roetzel: Yeah.

Guevara Cortez: Deputy, you live in Texas.

Roetzel: Yeah.

Guevara Cortez: How you feel about that, Deputy?

Guevara Cortez: So we’re both in the Military. Would you say there’s any similarities in being in the Military and doing the volunteer work that you do?

Roetzel: I definitely think so. You know, it takes a certain person to join the Military. That’s just something in itself. But someone who is in the Military and volunteers and gives more of their time to people, or animals, I think it really sets yourself above the rest.

Guevara Cortez: So how do you find time to volunteer?

Roetzel: Well, I only work Monday through Friday. And then I have weekends off. And I get really bored really easily. So I occupy my time very carefully. So on Saturdays or Sundays, I’ll come over here and volunteer for a few hours. This is going to be —

Guevara Cortez: Oh, my goodness!

Roetzel: Kitty Phat Camp.

Guevara Cortez: Phat Camp!

Roetzel: This is for kitties that like to eat too much.

Guevara Cortez: Now I see why they call it Kitty Phat Camp.

Roetzel: Yeah. We try and get them to move around here, climb up these little steps, as much as we can. But it’s a struggle.

Guevara Cortez: With your job that you have right now and seeing yourself in the future as a veterinarian, what connections do you see with these two things?

Roetzel: Well, I learn patient care, basically how to handle patients. I learn ... for example, drawing blood on a human is probably a little similar to drawing blood on a dog, because we all have veins. Simple things like that that I think I could transfer over to the veterinary side. It’s kind of like a stepping stone.

Guevara Cortez: Now in your experience, would you say that the Military has helped you become the person that you need to be to succeed in veterinary school?

Roetzel: Without a doubt. In the medical field, I work with a lot of doctors, a lot of providers. They’ve shown me how you need to perform as a leader. I just watch them a lot. And I just take notes on how they act. And I want to be like that when I’m in that position.

Guevara Cortez: So, Abby, what are some of the different things that you actually do when you volunteer here?

Roetzel: So with the dogs, you socialize them. That’s probably the biggest thing for me. When you see the really timid dogs, really scared dogs, that were maybe abused before that don’t really like people, just socialize them, giving them the tools they need to be adopted.

So what was your favorite thing that you saw today?

Guevara Cortez: Without a doubt, Kitty Phat Camp.

Guevara Cortez: Because there’s — I’ve just never heard of anything like that. And I have a cat that is kind of hefty. And she could benefit from some of the exercises or getting some of the food up high.

Guevara Cortez: Cute puppies aside, it’s amazing to see what a difference we can make in the community with a few hours of our free time. Abby definitely proved this to me today, and I’m inspired to get out there and do something myself.

Opciones de descanso y relajación

Tanto las bases nacionales como las del extranjero ofrecen comodidades a los residentes a tiempo completo y al personal que se encuentra viajando. Además de las instalaciones de residencia y entrenamiento, a veces las bases tienen piscinas, canchas de baloncesto y tenis, pistas de boliche, cines y centros de recreación. A los miembros del Servicio a veces también se les permite el acceso a campamentos privados, playas y otras atracciones, ideales para unas vacaciones familiares.

Outdoor Recreation

Military bases are often sprawling locations with natural environments ideal for outdoor recreation. This video explores just a few of these areas and how the Military provides equipment, services and organized events for service members and their families to enjoy.

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Captain Jo Karge, U.S. Army: Either every weekend or every other weekend, I'm on the water or I'm doing something near the water. At the drop of a hat I can just throw my kayak in the truck and head down there and go be on the water. On post, you can rent kayaks, but you can also rent fishing gear. You can rent boats. If you don't want to buy your own, then it's there to rent.

Jo: My favorite activities here on post would probably be the kayaking and the fishing. I'm just looking for anything that will take my bait. MWR is the morale, welfare, and recreation organization on post. It's primary function is to be uh, morale and welfare of Soldiers and their families. MWR has a lot of tubing trips, white water rafting, kayaking, um, and their trips are always full because people enjoy doing it.

Jo: My love of the outdoors hasn’t changed since being in the Military. If anything, I’d say it’s enhanced it.

Almacenes y tiendas militares de víveres en las bases

Los miembros del Servicio que viven en las bases pueden comprar muchos artículos para el hogar, comida y ropa con descuento en los almacenes o las tiendas militares de víveres (las tiendas militares son tiendas especiales que venden artículos a los miembros del Servicio casi al costo). Alrededor del cinco por ciento del precio de la compra se cobra para el mantenimiento de la tienda y el sueldo de los empleados, pero no se suma ningún otro costo al precio de la mercancía.

Entretenimiento en la base

Los recursos de entretenimiento en la base disponibles para los miembros del Servicio y sus familiares incluyen gimnasios, cines, pistas de boliche y parques. Además de los servicios, Armed Forces Entertainment todos los años ofrece más de 400 espectáculos exclusivos en todo el mundo en 100 centros militares, con algunos de los músicos, comediantes, atletas y actores más populares.

Deportes en la base

Para aquellos miembros del Servicio que disfrutan de los deportes, las Fuerzas Armadas también tienen su propia liga deportiva: Armed Forces Sports. El Programa de deportes de las Fuerzas Armadas (Armed Forces Sports) incluye 25 deportes distintos, que van desde el baloncesto hasta el golf y el rugby. El programa está abierto para todo el personal activo y ofrece nueve campeonatos nacionales y 16 campeonatos internacionales.

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Vacaciones pagas por 30 días

Como parte de los beneficios de empleo estándar, los miembros del Servicio activo reciben 30 días de vacaciones pagas todos los años, comparadas con las dos semanas estándar (14 días) que les corresponden a los puestos de principiantes en las carreras civiles.

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