A Step Ahead: Getting Ready to Relocate as a Military Family (Military OneSource)
When you receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, you're bound to have mixed feelings. You're likely to be excited about the upcoming change and the chance to meet new people and see new places. But you're also likely to feel stressed about the logistics of the move and about helping family members -- especially children and teenagers -- with the transition.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take and resources available to help you make plans, stay organized, help your children -- and keep a step ahead while you move.
BR Anchor Publishing
For nearly 20 years, BR Anchor Publishing's books have been providing the most current relocation advice. The company's books differ from other relocation publications in that they focus on the employee's entire family, providing cost-effective and practical relocation advice, checklists and valuable resources.
Finding a Place to Call Home (Overseas) - (Article by Heather Ann Cosimo)
When searching for accommodations overseas, exactly where do you begin?
Military Move It
Organize your military move - itinerary, calendar, lists & notes, research on neighborhoods, homes & schools.
Move.mil - Official DPS portal
In an effort to make moving a little bit easier for you, the US Department of Defense (DoD) United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) developed the Defense Personal Property Program, or DP3. As part of the DP3 mission, an internet-based system to manage DoD household goods moves was created. It's called the Defense Personal Property System (DPS).
Moving with the Army (Married to the Army)
Topics include: Moving Time Basics, After the PCS Move Checklist, Shipping your POV, Full Replacement Value Coverage, How to Make a House a Home, On Post Housing Information, Tips for Moving Day, Resources if You're House or Apartment Hunting, One Clause Your Lease Must Have!, Army Posts, Plan My Move, Automated Housing Referral Network, Can You Move to Korea? PCS Weight Allowance.
U-Haul - What to do with leftover moving supplies
Ultimate PCS Guide free download (SargesList and Military Duty Stations)
No matter what stage of PCS you're in, you can always use help!
Get 50+ Pages of Must Have Data - 2012 entitlements, housing decisions, budget worksheet, ultimate PCS checklist, how to stay focused, organized and more!
Developed by Military Spouses - Brought to you from multiple spouses at SargesList who range from 18 years to 5 years in the military.
About SargesList and Military Duty Stations - SargesList is a one stop portal for trusted military classifieds and local base information for all bases around the world. Military Duty Stations (a SargesList product) provides reviews of bases from military who have been there and can offer local insight that traditional base guides don't.
BAH for United States
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. The intent of BAH is to provide uniformed service members with permanent duty within the 50 United States accurate and equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets, and is payable when government quarters are not provided. A uniformed service member stationed overseas, including U.S. protectorates, who is not furnished government housing, is eligible for Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA).
BAH for Overseas
The Overseas Housing Allowance compensates members for the majority of housing expenses. Comprised of three components: rental ceiling, utility/recurring maintenance allowance, and move-in housing allowance (MIHA).
After the Boxes are Unpacked
Moving on after moving in
Author: Susan Miller, Copyright @ 1998
More than 40 million Americans move each year, and studies show it can be one of the heaviest strains on a marriage. For women especially, relocating can be a traumatic event. With true stories, ingenious insights, and helpful hints, this great book makes transitioning smoother so women can get on with their lives. Those who are moving will find this valuable book as important as packing tape.
Changing Zip Codes
Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted (devotional)
Author: Carol Stratton, Copyright @ 2012
When your entire life drives off in a moving van, it’s easy for doubts to flood your mind. Will I ever be organized again? Will I find good friends? Will my children like their new school? Carol Stratton has experienced twenty-two moves and counsels others seeking stability in a culture of change. In Changing Zip Codes, Carol helps readers explore the fun of new possibilities, the magic of new friendships, and the excitement of fresh starts. With humorous stories and biblical insights, Carol reminds us God is in the midst of every move, leading us to new beginnings.
It's a spouse thing
Author: Julie Negron, Copyright @ 2010
The first few years of comic strips from "Jenny, the military spouse", as seen in the Stars & Stripes.
That Military House: Move it, Organize it, & Decorate it
Author: Sandee Payne, Copyright @ 2006
A complete guide to moving in the military. Loaded with tips and techniques to help you during any relocation. Use this book throughout your moving process and while you are establishing your new "home". Includes chapters on: Pre-Move Preparation, Packing and Unpacking, Floor Planning, Organizing, Decorating, Containerizing, Shopping, Painting & Sewing...and much, much more!
Ultimate PCS Guide 2013
Download the 2013 Ultimate PCS Guide and get 60 pages of must have data!
Don’t miss the most comprehensive PCS Guide available today:
- How to stay focused, healthy, organized and more!
After you use this guide, you will be prepared to tackle your next PCS!
Do-It-Yourself (DITY) moving
Do-It-Yourself Moving has never been so popular! We can help you make the most of your move. You may not have a choice of when or where to move, but you can make your move work for you!
Household goods portal - Move.mil
DoD household goods portal.
Military installation information
Air Force Housing
Helping Airmen and their families transition to their new homes.
Base of Preference
We will list the most commonly researched base information. Such as the number and website for housing, childcare, central appointments, military lodging, and the base public affairs office. In addition, we will offer you the opportunity to review the bases you have been to and read others reviews. Please tell us, and other military families, about the area. Give us your opinion. Love it? Hate it? This is your forum to express your opinions.
Housing 1 Source (serving Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB)
Our mission is to provide a compassionate, comprehensive and professional relocation experience that is responsive to the unique needs of our service members and their families, and that strengthens family well-being and enhances quality of life.
Housing 1 Source assists military members and their families as they transition into a new home, community and duty assignment.
We offer an extensive menu of services including in-house apartment locating, real estate and title services, utility hookups and deposit waiver assistance, banking, insurance, mortgage, investments, home security services, broadband and wireless Internet, television, furniture rentals and sales, auto dealers, employment assistance and educational opportunities.
We provide all of these services and more, all under one roof and all at no cost to the military member or the DoD.
Created by a team of military and Internet veterans, MilitaryAvenue.com offers community information about more than 240 Military Installations. We have listings of more than 5,000 businesses that offer some kind of military "reward" or discount!
Our company acts as an advocate for the military family and community, searching for and finding businesses that work hard to serve the military. Don't forget to sign up for our monthly Military Family newsletter!
Military.com Base Guides
Everything you need...in one place.
Find the essentials before you relocate and get more out of your community while you're there. Military.com Base Guides provide you with:
- Base Directories: find phone numbers for all on-base services fast
- Base Talk: get real answers from real people through local online communities
- Local Events and News: see what's happening in the area
- Reviews: find the best local restaurants and businesses
- Sections for Spouses, Vets and Retirees: connect with people in your community like you
Military.com Installation Guide
A listing of military installations in the United States and around the world.
Military Concierge Company
The Military Concierge Company™ started life as 92655 Concierge™ in Grafenwoehr, Germany in 2008 - the only concierge company worldwide that exclusively serves members of the U.S. military and government personnel overseas. To date, we have successfully assisted thousands of American military families, soldiers and contractors living across Europe with recommendations, concierge services and direct referrals to quality home and lifestyle service providers, restaurants, events and other businesses. We also provide support and bespoke services to a number of U.S. contracting firms who require concierge assistance on the ground.
The Concierge Quickfinder™ section of our website features easy-to-access referrals, covering military installations in Bavaria and beyond, with new installations being added in the very near future. For customized concierge support, bookings and assistance, our members can submit a request online and rest assured that our team of Relationship Managers will get the job done – whether it's booking airport shuttles, planning travel itineraries, looking up emergency plumbers, making hotel and restaurant reservations, arranging for flowers, cakes and gifts to be delivered, coordinating appointments with service providers and generally helping our military clientele enjoy as seamless and as stress-free a home life as possible.
Military Duty Stations
Moving to a new area? Read what other military families have to say. Looking for particular information? Search the categories on the installation pages to find the information you are looking for. Make your experiences count! Review, write about and rate your current military duty station!
Site also includes these tools:
- Free PCS Guide: Sign up for our free PCS guide. Whether you are new to the military or a seasoned PCS veteran, you will find it packed with valuable moving tips and suggestions to make you PCS with less stress!
- Cost of living: Find out how much your income can buy at your new location.
- Great Schools: Public and private school ratings, reviews and parent community.
- Crime Reports: Crime statistics from 700 law enforcement partners across North America and Sex Offender Data for all 50 States.
- City Compare: Statistics that help paint a picture about where you move.
Military Installations - Your official DoD source for installation and state resources available to active duty, guard and reserve service and family members
Installations • View articles, photos, major unit listings and contacts for programs and services worldwide. If you can't find an international location, try visiting the Department of State country information.
States • View articles and local, state and national resource directories
Includes a customizable calendar tool to create a unique personal moving plan. The calendar contains to do lists, checklists, phone lists, and links to critical moving information from budget planners to choosing a school.
MilitaryPortico.com is a new free website targeted specifically for service members and their dependents, devoted to providing military families invaluable relocation information and useful links to over 400 military installations throughout the world, as well as 40 categories of links to local businesses and services all in one site.
Whether it’s a kennel near Ramstein AFB, Germany or the best steak around Ft. Gordon, Georgia…no more spending hours surfing the internet researching duty locations when it’s time to PCS.
Military Town Advisor
MilitaryTownAdvisor.com is all about military families helping other military families by reviewing local areas, neighborhoods, apartment complexes and schools in military towns.
MilitaryTowns.com provides community information and military relocation data to help service members and their families intelligently choose and move to their next duty station.
My Base Guide
Our mission is to provide essential information to all military personnel and families relocating to a different part of the country. As a newcomer, you can find out about registration, rules, maps, and the history of the base's commands, installations, and units. You will also find a wealth of information regarding housing, employment, education and schools, health care and dental services, as well as community activities and recreation.
PCS America is a very targeted Relocation Network for the United States military community including active members, Guard and Reserve, the DoD civilian workforce, retirees, veterans, and their families. Over 200 US military installations and their local communities linked into one Network, plus nearly 100 Overseas installations!
You Have Orders
Moving somewhere new? Then you're in the right place! YouHaveOrders.com is a site for military spouses moving location.
We all know it's a little crazy and uncomfortable when you first move anywhere and are trying to get settled. You don't know where anything is. You have to find all new doctors, shopping, schools, activities and daycare for your kids.
Have you ever thought ""I wish I knew someone who lived here before me"?
Join us today and connect with other spouses who have lived in the same places before you have - so you can share information about what's important.
Pet transportation services
Happy Tails Travel, Inc.
Since Happy Tails Travel was established in 1995, we have been working as a team with the live animal freight, shipping and animal cargo industry. We treat each pet's relocation as if we were moving our own furry four footed family member.
Private operationational vehicle (POV) shipping
Where Is My POV
To reduce the amount of time spent in the turn-in and pick-up of your vehicle, we now provide a quick and easy means for you to schedule an appointment at our Vehicle Processing Centers should you so desire. Just click here or on the "Make An Appointment" button on the left of this or any other page.
Vehicle Status - Once you have turned in your vehicle, you can track its shipment progress, or view the maintenance history of your car if in storage.
Changing Zip Codes
As a frequent mover, I am here to help you navigate through one of the most difficult and challenging situations of life: relocation. So, if you are tired of family members joking about your address changes, or you’re planning that first move out of your parents’ home, I am here to help. I will have tips and articles on everything from making new friends, to getting your house “showing ready”. Moving is hard but change is exhilarating. There are great things in your future. Be of good cheer.
Just Moved with Susan Miller
This section of our website is designed to bring hope, comfort and encouragement to all military women in their transition and adjustment of moving. It is written by and for military spouses, moms, those who are single and those who serve on active duty. As you read about women, like yourself, who are going through the same feelings and emotions, may it encourage you to know that you are not alone. As you hear their testimonies of God’s faithfulness, may it bring you hope. As you embrace God’s word from others, may it bring you comfort.
The Bright Side of Your Move (Article by Jocelyn Green)
Here at last is the directory (so far!) of all the great things you’ve enjoyed at your PCS locations. These are organized alphabetically by state (with OCONUS locations at the end), so next time you get orders, scroll down to see if your location is here, and what you can look forward to about it.
Your TriCare eligibility does not change when you move. But, certain things about your benefit may change once you move, such as your TriCare plan.
Please enter your profile so we can give you the most accurate information about what to do when you move. When selecting where you live, please tell us where you live now (where you're moving from).