Moving Season Has Begun – PCS Resources Part 2

You’ve come down on orders to PCS (Permanent Change of Station) and don’t know where to begin. Even if you’ve moved before, every move is different — circumstances change, different duty stations have different housing situations. Having some decent resources can help make things go more smoothly, especially if they let you take care of a few things even before arriving at your new duty station.

1. is brilliant as far as I’m concerned — it lets you search for off-post housing (buy or rent) according to proximity to military base. So even if you don’t know the names of all the areas around a base for off-post housing searches, you can still search easily. And if you have a house that you want to sell or rent out (and it’s near a base), you can list your property on the site for a fee.

2. is also a useful site andalso lets you search by base for military lodging so you know what temporary lodging is available during that transitional time between arriving at a new duty station and moving into your housing. Off-post lodging options are also listed.

See the first post in this series on PCS resources can be found here:

Moving Season Has Begun – PCS Resources

May is National Military Appreciation Month

US flagMay is National Military Appreciation Month. Today is “Loyalty Day” and other special days this month include:

  • May 5-10: Public Service Recognition Week
  • May 8: Victory in Europe Day
  • May 10: Military Spouse Appreciation Day
  • May 19: Armed Forces Day
  • May 30: Memorial Day

Look for special events at your installation, and check this calendar for public events:

White House Announces New Hiring Committments for MilSpouses

joiningforcesFirst Lady Michelle Obama announced on April 30, 2013 that as part of the Joining Forces hiring initiative, American companies have committed to hiring or training 435,000 Veterans and Military Spouses.

This is great news for MilSpouses, of course and will hopefully make it a little bit easier for some to build a career in the private sector. Some of the companies who have committed to hiring more military spouses include:

  • BNSF Railroad
  • UPS
  • Home Depot
  • McDonalds
  • USAA

April is the Month of the Military Child


Since 1986, April has been designated the Month of the Military Child. Military installations all over the world are hosting special events, plus free and discounted activities in honor of military children, and most of these events and activities fall under 2 major categories: those hosted by CYS (Child and Youth Services) and those hosted by MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation). Some activities are just for kids, but many are for the entire family.

Learn more about the Month of the Military Child and events:

Fort Carson-specific information:

FREE Annual National Parks Pass for Military

2012-Active-Military-PassGain entrance into more than 2000 federal recreation sites, including national parks and BLM-managed lands for FREE with a U.S. National Park Service annual pass. Normally $80 dollars, they are free to members of the military and dependents.

If you are planning on exploring any national parks this summer, this can save a lot:

  • Grand Canyon – normally $25 to enter
  • Yellowstone – normally $25 to enter
  • Rocky Mountain – normally $20 to enter
  • Devil’s Tower – normally $10 to enter
  • Everglades – normally $10 to enter

You can obtain a pass in person at a Federal recreation site by showing your military ID. Learn more about the free pass for military here.

FREE Mom Mastery (Online) Summit – Starts Tomorrow!

Mom Mastery SummitA FREE 4-day Mom Mastery Summit starts tomorrow, April 12 and goes through April 15. More than 2 dozen workshops are sheduled with some great folks that include:

  • Crystal Paine a.k.a. MoneySavingMom
  • Tosca Reno — the “Eat Clean” fitness model and author
  • The Duggars of “19 Kids and Counting”
  • Gary Chapman, author of “The Five Love Languages”

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Portable Career Spotlight: Fitness Instructor

Looking for a career that you can take with you throughout that many moves Uncle Sam will send you and your family on? One possibility: group fitness instructor or personal trainer.

There’s a great post over at MoneySavingMom, Earn While You Burn: 5 Benefits of Being an Exercise Instructor, that lists some of the pros and some tips for getting started.

You’ll need to get certified, but if you’re eligible for a MyCAA Scholarship, you can get your certification paid for.

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Moving Season Has Begun – PCS Resources

Moving DayPCS (Permanent Change of Station) season is here. The moving trucks have been showing up in my neighborhood already.

Whether you dread leaving or can’t wait to get out of dodge, the move itself can be a hassle and a lot of work. There are a million things to remember to do, to turn off, transfer, sort, giveaway, throw away, sell, and pack. Make sure the car’s oil has been changed and is ready for the long drive. Or drive the car to a port or railhead for transport. Flights to arrange. Housing and school wait lists to sign up for. It goes on and on.

Plan My Move

To help make sense of it all, MilitaryOneSource has an online tool available called Plan My Move. Input your old home station and your new home station and some other pieces of info, and it will give you info on your entitlements and benefits (i.e. $$$), checklists, points of contact and more.

Plan My Move

Some more great info to help with you PCS move: