How long have you been here? (give years please, ex. 2003-present)December 2005-present
What is housing like? On-post? (waiting list, conditions, etc.) Off-post? Any areas to stay away from? Average price to rent or buy?
Rucker is a TRADOC post so you walk in and receive keys to 2-3 homes to look at. The housing is okay in Munson Heights and Bowden Terrace, but is improving since Picerne has taken over. They are completely redoing the whole post. Off post housing is reasonable, normaly within your BAH range, but Fort Rucker exits to 3 different cities. Enterprise, Ozark and Daleville. Enterprise giving you the most options of things to do and place to live. Rent runs about 800 off post and buying a decent home starts in the 120,000 area.
Rate the PX & Commissary.
There is one PX and Commissary in the same area (parking lot). PX is minimal.
Activities on base?
In the same area (parking lot) as the PX is the movie theater and bowling alley. They both are really a lot of fun. Right down the road is one of the two gyms, one which is brand new ( about another 3/4 of a mile away from the PX, heading toward the enterprise gate) We have two shopettes. If you are here for flight school your husband will take you to the museum too many times 🙂 But for the most part the base is self sufficient.
Active Spouses Club?
I know there is a protestant women’s club, but not too familiar with any b/c I work full time.
Things to do in area?
Aside from the surrounding areas having some of the craziest festivals (i.e. the opossum festival, tomato festival, peanut festival ) there is a great haunted house during Halloween you need to make it to, in Opp, AL ( which also has a nice state park). But on an everyday basis, Dothan, al is only a 30 minute drive at the most, and by 03/2007 they will have a target, the mall has pretty much everything but for everything else Destin, FL and Montgomery, AL are about an hour and half drive. It really is all about learning to love where you are
Aside from the two elementary schools on post I don’t know much. Although if your child is a middle/high schooler and you live on post you can choose which school of the surrounding 3 cities you want him/her to attend.
Any colleges in area?
Jobs? (on post and off)
Dothan has a wide variety of jobs if you don’t mind the commute. If you don’t want to commute, your best bet is Enterprise, AL. Then I would look at Ozark, and good luck in Daleville 🙂 On post you go to building 5700 off of Andrews Ave and they have a whole list of on post jobs to apply for.
Favorite aspect of this base/surrounding city?
It really is all about what you get out and do!!
Least favorite aspect?
The surrounding cities being so small
Local websites? (base, chamber, newspaper, schools, etc.)
Any other tips?
If you love BBQ you must eat at Hooks BBQ, located in Dothan, Troy or Opp. And there are other tons of great places to get the opportunity to eat southern food here!!