is your dh going enlisted or officer? active or reserves?
we've been both enlisted and officer. being enlisted sucked because of the unbelievably low pay and the fact that my dh's "superiors" were anything but.
what's good is that your health care is free. it can be a major pain in the ass, but it is free.
your dh will work long hours with no extra pay or even recognition. if your commander is a single man, look forward to meetings scheduled during your child's bedtime, as they often don't consider what life is like for families.
we haven't had the opportunity to live on post yet, as the wait has always been so long as to make it impossible. we would like to live on post, but i'm not willing to go through all the hassle of renting an apartment while we wait for housing, and then move a second time.
quality of life varies from service to service and from post to post. from the other women i have spoken with, the air force seems to treat their people the best and the army (that's us) the worst.
i think every post offers parenting classes and activities for kids, but they may not be appropriate for your family.
we've been in 6 years and have 2.5 years left on his contract, so we are in the process of deciding whether or not we will stay in. this next duty station will be the clincher. if it sucks, and he deploys constantly (he's spent about half of our marriage TDY and deployed) then we're getting out. if he has to work with the quality of people he has been working with, we're getting out.
you'll be eligible for discounts at a lot of places, so that's always nice. you can use your VA benefits to buy your house with no money down and the VA will pay your agent's fees. your dh can go to college for 25% or less of what the going rate is. sometimes we spouses get a break on tuition as well.
something you are going to have to get used to is not having control of your own life anymore. someone else is calling the shots now. your dh is the one who signs the contract, but YOU are signing up too. whatever happens to him because of his career choice is going to affect you as well. it's not like a regular job where you can kind of blow it off if your boss is a moron. in the military, having a moron making decisions can screw up your whole family's life.
i highly recommend that you seek out a wive's group immediately upon arrival at your new station. the servicemembers get basic training, but no one helps the spouses figure out what the hell is going on.