Dealing with P.C.S The stress, the relocation, the packing and unpacking and the never-ending list of things to do—oh, it all sounds too tasking. For military families, it’s a familiar scene that they all have to go through. That’s why they dread receiving PCS orders. PCS stands for permanent change of station, an official order from the US Armed Forces that relocates the active duty military service member, along with his family members, to a different location. In addition to the actual moving process, family members also have to be flexible in terms of their schooling and their careers. For the children, they have to adapt to the different school locations and make friends with a new set of people. It’s the same with the spouse as well. That’s where alternative education (such as online schools) and portable careers come in handy. Dealing with the move is a daunting task. The key is to not panic and plan ahead. Preparation should start months before the actual move date. Military.com has a detailed checklist to help military families prepare for PCS. In the infographic below, we’ve compiled some helpful tips that would also come in handy when you receive your PCS orders. Yes, we understand the need to panic, but when your initial reaction subsides, just remember to keep calm and focus. Happy moving!
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