Most of us here at American Grit are Marines (its a wonder we can put sentences together). Our Army insiders gave us the low down on the top 5 duty stations in the Army. We asked an Army drill sergeant (whose initials could also be the initials for Killing Time ) and several others, officers and other enlisted personnel to rank the best duty stations in the Army.

1. Caserma-Ederle, Italy

Milan is an hour away, Venice is 30 minutes away, the Italian Alps are an hour away…are you starting to see why this is a great place to be? Plus the wine and the food can’t be beaten and you’re on the Mediterranean Sea. There is so much history and beautiful art as well. It’s Italy, it’s nice!

2. Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany

Soldier's Fest in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 30, 2013. (USAG Stuttgart)
Soldier's Fest in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 30, 2013. (USAG Stuttgart)

Think about this for a minute. All the beer you can drink, and it’s good beer. Really really good beer! Plus with its central location you can visit a different country every weekend, kinda like they did in the 194…that’s not important. What is important is that this is a great place to be stationed.

3. Fort Lewis, Washington

A Canadian special operations soldier descends in front of Mount Rainier onto the Rogers Drop Zone after jumping with U.S. 1st SFG Soldiers from a Chinook helicopter in 2009 during Menton Week. (JBLM PAO)
A Canadian special operations soldier descends in front of Mount Rainier onto the Rogers Drop Zone after jumping with U.S. 1st SFG Soldiers from a Chinook helicopter in 2009 during Menton Week. (JBLM PAO)

So we’re starting to think the Army really likes cold places. Germany, now Fort Lewis. Do you guys like the cold? Seems counter-intuitive, but we’re just a bunch of Marines so…(we looked at pictures of Fort Lewis, we get it now) It’s absolutely beautiful there. As long as you’re an active person, Fort Lewis is a great place to be.

4. Fort Carson, Colorado

Fort Carson main gate. (Army)
Fort Carson main gate. (Army)

Ok, now we’re talking it’s an outdoorsman’s paradise. There are tons of national parks, plus all the skiing and rock climbing you can handle. This is a great place for active soldiers and Denver is only 30 minutes away. Whatever you want to do chances are you can find it or get to it quickly.

5. Yongsan, South Korea

The local community celebrated the 2015 Itaewon Global Village Festival Oct. 17, 2015, at the Itaewon district located in Seoul, South Korea. (Staff Sgt. Samuel Northrup/USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs)
The local community celebrated the 2015 Itaewon Global Village Festival Oct. 17, 2015, at the Itaewon district located in Seoul, South Korea. (Staff Sgt. Samuel Northrup/USAG-Yongsan Public Affairs)

So, one of our guys was in Korea for about a month, and he said there is tons of stuff to do in Korea. Aside from the fact that you have ‘you know who’ to the North, there is no shortage of activities, as the base is smack dab in the middle of Seoul. Shopping, great food, great drinking, museums, Seoul is a great place to be stationed, although…its super cold there.

Full disclosure, we talked to like four or five folks from the Army to get this top 5 duty stations in the Army list, so if you disagree, take it up with them. We’re Marines, we don’t know any better.

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