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Tips for Your First PCS

Posted 5 years ago
Once you have received your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, you should take time to reflect on what the orders mean for you and your family. Once the anxiety has died down, you should take the necessary steps to ensure a smooth relocation process.
Start as soon as you receive the orders
Moving to a new command may be dogged with transportation and time related challenges. As such, it is important that you begin your relocation process as soon as you receive your orders. This is particularly important during the peak period that falls in the summer season.
Get in touch with the family center at your new location
Family centers will provide you with knowledge on how to budget and make your relocation process seamless. They will also help you and your family in the homefinding as well as let you know more about the community in which you are going to live. This will help you to know what to expect when you relocate
Contact the finance office at your current installation
Moving is bound to be an expensive affair and can affect your finances in a big way. However, contacting the finance office will help you realize some benefits. For instance, they can expose the weaknesses of your financing choices as well as extend the relocation benefits that you qualify for.
Find out more about your new installation
Getting to know more about your new command will help you and your family to settle down more easily. You can choose to visit the online military PCS guide and moving checklist. This will provide you with the required information on packing and settling down in your new installation. Alternatively, if it is possible, you can take a trip to the new location to physically visit the place.
Do-It-Yourself option
If you opt for the Do-It-Yourself option, you will be required to move your belongings yourself. However, the government will reimburse the expenses you incur. If you plan well, this may end up with some profit for you.

* Rebates are not allowed in all states. In some states, a gift card or commission credit at closing may be provided in lieu of the Cash-Back bonus. You must register with Military on the Move® before contacting a real estate agent and be represented by the assigned real estate firm at closing to qualify. All real estate transactions are negotiable. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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