Whether you look at moving as a big adventure or you dread the day the moving van arrives, being assigned to a different duty station is a huge part of military life. The military moves its personnel to where their talents can best be utilized. Adjustment is the name of the game when it comes to having a positive experience in the military.
The First Big Adjustment
Many people—including family members and the enlisted personnel—do not realize what a huge adjustment military life will be from the very beginning. Going to boot camp involves being separated from your spouse while they endure the demanding physical and mental requirements involved in this part of their military training. In many cases, going to basic training is the first time you and your spouse will be apart.
Adjusting to Having Children
Having children brings both you and your spouse an immense amount of pleasure and joy. But it can also be challenging especially when the time comes that you need to move. Adjusting to a new school and having to make new friends every few years can be difficult for kids. You often cannot time when your spouse is going to be assigned to a new duty station. You can, though, try to plan for your children to finish out the school year before moving. One of the best ways to help your children adjust to the new duty station is to get them involved in activities that they love. Scoping out the clubs, after-school activities and recreational opportunities that are available in the area is a great way to help them make new friends while also doing something familiar that they love. Even if it is school break when you move, tap into the resources available at your installation's family resource center for upcoming events that your children might enjoy.
Adjustment for You
In many cases, you might find that adjusting to a move is harder on you than it is for your children or your spouse. Often, such a move means that your spouse is in line for exciting advancements and your children are excited to make new friends. But what happens to you and your career? It is highly recommended that military spouses invest in having a portable career – a career that you can take with you wherever you go. The first step is to enroll in a school that offers flexible online programs. You can use your MyCAA benefit to fund your education. A MYCAA school allows you to take classes online so they fit your schedule – no matter where you are. As one of the MYCAA approved online schools, Meditec offers an extensive selection of exciting course offerings that help you gain the knowledge necessary to seek out good paying jobs. Whether your interests lay within the medical field, or even in law, business, real estate insurance or social media, you will find the stability and continuity you crave by attending classes through Meditec.