To add to this: My Brother and Sister in Law are stationed in Germany. The US Army does not transport pets. They had to pay out of pocket for an airline to transport them on a commercial flight. This was our experience, hopefully this can help someone else know additional questions to ask since we got blindsided by most of these.
*Each dog (< 20lbs) had to be in it's own carrier with frozen water bowls. *The kennels have to conform to airline standards, the ones we purchased were marked as approved by our airline but did not actually meet the airline's requirements for dimensions. *Vaccinations had to be up to date (according to recipient country) and a vetrinarian had to sign paperwork clearing the dogs health no more than 30 days prior to their flight date. *The dogs could not fly if either the departing or arriving country's average temperature was under 50 or over 85 degrees F. *The flight costs did not include fees charged by the destination airport, which were an additional US$200 per dog. *The dogs had to arrive fours hours before their departing flight in order to check in. *We were told that flying in the cabin is no longer an option due to possible passenger allergies.
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Ok so I am not "in" the military, but I grew up as an Army Bratt. I have never known anything other than the military lifestyle. Well, until I started college. And I HATED it. Want to keep your ferrets? Good luck! I don't want to be a downer but while it is possible, it will be really difficult and if they tell you you are moving to California? Tough. You are moving to California. Ok, so it is possible to sneak them in...but what happens when your husband - esp if he is considering Navy, gets stationed in Hawaii? What would you do then? Some ranks more than others get a little say in where they go, but not much. And if they tell you that you are going somewhere, you are going there. I had to say goodbye to countless loved pets - some when we went overseas, others when they were too old etc to make a long trip. :,( I don't know what your long term plan is either, but if you plan on having kids? As a kid that grew up going to 11 different schools and moving from place to place to place... advise against having kids in the military. At least not until he is about to get out (they will pay for your medical - the one GREAT perk about military life) OR you have a very stable station. (HA!) Am I bitter? Maybe. lol I hated moving around so much with a passion. I think you can make it work, but honestly you are running a massive risk of losing your ferrets. If you get stationed in Hawaii, Overseas, etc what will you do? You can't say No - they Own you. You are typically stationed in a place for 1-3 years. Even if you could bring them with you on the plane to Europe, would they be able to handle the plane trip and the quarantine?
I know that you guys will do what you can, plan ahead and cover all of your bases, and fight tooth and nail to keep your babies. But I will never forget how torn I was to say goodbye to my beloved Baby, the Sheltie I grew up with from age 1, because she was too old to make the long trip when we got re-stationed. Or when my beautiful Chinchillas died from heat stroke in the car when we had to drive across the country in the middle of a serious heat wave. And then working babysitting and working my butt off for months to earn money to buy another chin, only to then have to give her away when we got stationed in Germany. It is Hard to keep your pets in the military. For some it is doable, but sometimes you have no options available. I pray that, if your husband does join the Navy, you will not be faced with such a situation. Again, not trying to be a downer, but you need to know (IMO) what the possibilities are, and that sometimes there's just no choice when it comes to pets.