If you ask any member of the military why he or she joined the service, apart from patriotism of course, the most popular answer is often "to see the world." It's a dream -- and, shockingly, the reality -- for some lucky service members.
It also provides an enviable Instagram feed for anyone spectating back home. Here are the top 10 US military base towns overseas.
Base(s): Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Force Base Best reason to be stationed there: The snorkeling and diving -- it's considered some of the best in the world.
Traveling to Asia and Australia is also easy and affordable, and since Guam is a US territory, English is the primary language on the island.
Best base amenity: There are four (yep, FOUR) crystal-clear, warm-water beaches on base and they never get overcrowded.
Why you wouldn't want to live there: Guam is small island super far away from everything.
It’s literally in the middle of nowhere: 3,300 miles west of Hawaii and 1,500 miles east of the Philippines? Final word: Guam is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts.
Not only are there plenty of water activities, there are also loads of hiking trails that vary in terrain and difficulty -- from climbing waterfalls to navigating thick jungle.
One resident told us that base houses are older and smaller than something in the States, but it doesn’t matter so much since all houses offer one thing: Base: Naval Support Activity Souda Bay Best reason to be stationed there: The history.
It's located on the Greek island of Crete and the site of Europe’s earliest recorded civilization.
History buffs will love exploring the frescoed chapels, ancient ruins, and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Also the food: Cretans eat fresh and local, and many of them make their own olive oil, cheese, and wine. Best base amenity: Because most sailors are stationed here solo (see below), the USO actively brings morale-boosting entertainment to the base. Why you wouldn't want to live there: Almost all assignments to Souda Bay are unaccompanied, which means family members aren't authorized to live there with the service member.