Top Tips for a Painless PCS

A new base assignment can be something to look forward to, but may also be something you dread. Distance from friends and family, climate, amenities, and more can all play a part in your outlook. But regardless of whether you’re facing a dream assignment or you’re completely bummed out, you can make things much better by being prepared for the move. But how? Look no further than the following handy checklist!

  • First things first, let everyone know how pumped (or not) you are about your new assignment. Either way, you probably won’t be able to stop talking about it for a while, so get it out of your system!

  • Contact your personnel office for an outprocessing checklist. You’ll want to make sure to fulfill each item before you leave your current assignment.

  • Create your own military-specific moving checklist.

  • Gather and organize all necessary paperwork in a folder or binder. Need some help optimizing and organizing? Check out this article on the best PCS binder setup.

  • Plan your transportation (plane/train tickets, cars, etc).

  • Join your new base’s Facebook groups and start getting a taste of the local flavor.

  • Think about your housing -- will you stay on base or off base? 

    1. Is the on-base private or government owned?

    2. If off-base, will you rent or buy?

  • Regardless of your decision, you’ll also want to consider whether or not you’ll want to live with roommates. There’s a lot to like about living with roommates, even if you’ve had bad experiences in the past. The number one reason, of course, is lowering your rent (by a lot). But with the right roommate, you’ll actually enrich your home life by sharing common interests with who you live with. You’ll have great discussions, lots of laughs, and align with each other’s lifestyles. All while saving money. Sounds pretty good, right? And it’s easy, with ROOM8. ROOM8 helps you match with other roommates based on their location (including base), as well as military status, budget, hobbies, lifestyle and more, all in just a few taps.

  • Contact the Defense Travel Management Office to schedule shipping for anything you need to ship separately.

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