Handling Summer PCS Moves: Tips for Military Families

Handling Summer PCS Moves: Tips for Military Families

Written by Brandy Hall, MSN, RN


Summer PCS season is here – that exciting time when military families tackle new locations and adventures. Between Memorial Day and July 4, the rush is real. But fear not! With a bit of planning, you can turn this whirlwind period into a smooth and even thrilling transition. Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. Jump into Action Early: The moment those PCS orders land in your hands, seize the day! Schedule walk-throughs, moving meetings, and necessary briefs pronto to snag your preferred dates. Procrastination during peak moving season is your worst enemy. Plot all those critical dates on your calendar pronto – moving company appointments, briefings, and setting up temporary housing. Trust me, early planning saves you from last-minute chaos and stress.
  2. Take Care of Your Crew: Moving is more than just a change of address; it’s an emotional rollercoaster, especially for the little ones. Have heart-to-heart chats about what to expect and lean on military support services for counseling and relocation assistance. Don’t forget to reach out to the Military and Family Support Center at your new installation – they’re a goldmine of local info and can connect you with other military families, making your new place feel like home faster.
  3. School Smooth Sailing: Moving can throw a wrench into your child’s education. Reach out to their current teacher for tips on areas they might need extra help with before the big move. Ask for workbooks or online resources to keep them sharp during the transition. Combat the dreaded summer setback by tapping into summer reading programs or recommended lists from the new school. And don’t shy away from turning everyday activities into learning opportunities – whether it’s calculating travel distances or diving into the local culture, make it fun and educational!
  4. Embrace the Adventure: Who says moving has to be a drag? Turn the transition into an educational escapade! Plan activities that sneakily incorporate academic skills – calculate those travel distances, dive into the new area’s culture, and explore the local environment. With a bit of creativity, you can transform your PCS move into a hands-on learning experience that the whole family will cherish.

So, there you have it – your guide to conquering the summer PCS move like a boss! By planning early, taking care of your crew, and embracing the adventure, you’ll breeze through the busiest moving season with style. Cheers to new beginnings and unforgettable adventures ahead!

About the Author

Brandy Hall, Nurse Writer turned content creator, specializes in crafting engaging, well-researched blog content that captivates audiences. With a knack for simplifying complex topics, she creates easy-to-understand blogs and content that resonate with readers. As a certified blogger, editor, and reviewer, she ensures that every piece delivers value and clarity, empowering readers with confidence. When she’s not immersed in the world of writing, Brandy explores creativity and adventure as a mom and military spouse, bringing a unique perspective to her work.