So you made it to your new duty station! You have packed your life up, drove or flown hundreds or thousands of miles, unpacked… and something is broken or missing. Where do you start? Document Everything. Before your PCS be sure to take pictures of everything, and scan receipts of high value items. Be sure [...]
Every submarine spouse has a different method to house hunting. Luckily we are in the age of technology with so many resources at our fingertips! For me, I tend to be a bit uptight about finding our next house. I start looking as soon as we have orders, which is often too soon for the [...]
My first big PCS experience was an outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS) move. My husband pretty much handled everything at the time, due to our wedding being a few weeks after our pack out. I was knee-deep in planning for the wedding, so the logistics of the move were on his to do list. We [...]
I once saw a post in a military Facebook group where a spouse asked how to go about planning a cross-country route. The snarky response she got was “ask Google.” The asker was obviously upset by this response. Friends, please be kind. If your answer is unnecessary, please don’t say it. I knew what she [...]
My husband was deployed when we received orders for a change of homeport. This was the first permanent change of station (PCS) I ever booked. Thankfully I had all my ducks in a row to be able to do it myself, but I was still a bit overwhelmed with the process. There are many websites that have checklists and information provided to help you in this tedious process.
I thought my first permanent change of station (PCS) story would be more along the lines of how I prepared myself and my two small kids for the big move from CT to WA, with all my tips and tricks to follow. For me, this was a BIG move. I had spent the last 20 [...]
I met my husband when he was on shore tour. We lived in a great city, had the perfect house (a five minute Uber ride to downtown), and were very much thriving in our community. But after nine months of marriage my husband announced we would be moving to Groton, CT. My first thought was [...]
My husband and I had been married for 10 months when our first move was scheduled, so I was very new to this lifestyle. A seasoned spouse, also one of our editors, told me she was happy to help me with my first pack out since my husband would be working. With a confused look, [...]