Depending on how far away your loved one is stationed, you may or may not get to visit them. Usually they will choose a place that is semi-close to home, even if “semi” means eight or more hours.
Traveling is always best when you’re with your family. It makes for a fun car ride (at least more fun than you would have by yourself) and you can catch a nap while taking turns driving. Oh, and bring snacks! Stopping at gas stations is obviously required, but the fewer times you stop, the faster you get there.
Sometimes the trip feels like it’s lasted forever, but once you make it to their base it’s worth the drive.
This is a picture from Chicago, Illinois when I traveled to Great Lakes.