Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Orientation Day 2

Lots more information today. Here we go....

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

  • Emergency Financial Need: They can help fly us home if there is an emergency or death in the family by arranging the travel and loaning us the money with no interest.
  • Quick Assist Loans (QAL): They will loan up to $300 before your payday if you need quick cash. They want to prevent people from putting things on their credit cards and getting into more debt.
  • Budgeting: They offer free budget preparation as long as you make an appointment ahead of time.
  • Spouse Tuition Aid Program
  • Budgeting for Baby classes
  • Visiting Nurse Program: makes home visits
  • Coupons: They offer couponing classes and give out bags of coupons to be used at the Commissary.
  • Loads of volunteering opportunities
CFAY (Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka) Environmental Program

  • Lots of information about how to recycle and dispose of hazardous waste on base.
Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program

  • We have lots of young, single sailors here. Perhaps there have been some issues with drugs and alcohol?
Counseling and Advocacy**

  • Clinical Counseling Program: They offer counseling for families, individuals, and groups.
  • Family Advocacy Program: They are basically the CPS for base and also work to prevent and respond to domestic violence.
  • New Parent Support: Offer classes and home visits to new parents.
Culture Shock

  • Japan is approximately the size of California, with 1/3 of the US population. In addition, it is mountainous, so only 19% of the landmass is residential/industrial. Basically, it's CROWDED!
  • Be prepared to experience culture shock.
  • You may feel anxiety, lack of direction, ignorance about what to do or how to do things, ignorance of what is appropriate and not appropriate.
  • You may go through the culture shock cycle: Euphoria upon arrival here, then irritation/hostility/homesickness/sadness/excessive sleep/temper/crying, then a gradual adjustment and eventual recovery.
  • Recommendations: Find someone who understands the host culture. Listen carefully to people. Learn some of the language. Establish regular living patterns. Keep busy with familiar hobbies or activities. Each day or week, do something special. Find a comfortable place and spend a lot of time there. Talk to a friend or counselor. Avoid negative people!
MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation)

Community Center

  • Offer all types of classes to introduce you to Japanese culture: langauge, cooking, arts/crafts, dance, music, and martial arts classes.
  • There is a bowling center
  • Lots of different dining locations and clubs on-base when you are craving some American food.
  • Library: one of the largest in the Navy, it offers lots of reading programs and story-time for kids
Auto Hobby Shop

Wood Hobby Shop

Child & Youth Programs

  • Childcare is offered for full-time care, hourly-care and after-school care
Youth Sports

  • Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, flag football, gymnastics, and soccer, to name a few.
Adult Sports

Fitness Centers


  • Open year round, with classes offered all year as well. We are going to enroll our girls in some swimming lessons.
Outdoor Recreation

  • Go on trips, rent equipment for outdoor events and hobbies, and get your bicycle repaired in their shop.
  • Rent large equipment like boats, kayaks, waterskis, and wakeboards.
  • Go camping at the Ikego campground (there is also a paintball field!).
International Programs


  • Offer guided tours, travel maps, discounted event tickets and full-fledged travel agency to help plan trips abroad.
Movie Theaters

**One thing about the Counseling & Advocacy Center....

I found out that if, at some point, I want to get a job, there are positions for me there that don't require a license! Woohoo! I'm so glad to know that will be an option for me during our 3 years here.


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