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How to Prepare for a Relocation (PCS) Move - 30 Days Prior

By RRP Staff | acs.relocation | March 30, 2012

It's about a month prior to your military relocation PCS move. Here are a few things you can do to help insure successful move.

Step 1: By now, you should have scheduled your move date. You do this by contacting the transportation office to assist you.

Step 2: Once you have scheduled your move, secure housing or a place to stay once you have made it to your next destination. If your next move is too far away to visit and look for housing, contact you’re gaining installation's temporary lodging office. They can assist you in finding a place to reside temporarily until you are able to find either on base housing or a place to live off base.

Step 3: Check to see if you are eligible for a travel allowance. You do this by getting in touch with the finance department. They will then assist you in making the arrangements.

Step 4: Down size your household goods by getting rid of the clutter. Since the military will pack you out and move you, try to make the move as simple as possible by getting rid of the things you don't need or want. Do this by either donating or selling the items.

Step 5: If you have children, be sure to have their school records transferred. You do this by simply notifying their current school of the move and have them sent to their new school. If you have a spouse that is employed, be sure to give a courteous thirty day notice to their employer. For most jobs, a two week notice will do.

Moving is a way of life for military families. 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. Follow the steps above and use resources available to help you make plans, stay organized, help your children -- and keep a step ahead while you move.

Gaining a sense of control over your move can help ease the stress, whether this is your first move or you’re fifteenth.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Army Community Service
Relocation Readiness Program
7264 Normandy Drive, Custer Hill
Fort Riley, Kansas 66442
785-239-9435
usarmy.riley.imcom.mbx.acs@mail.mil

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