Making your military move a success

Making your military move a success

When you get the news that you are to make a military move, it is inevitable to have some mixed feelings.  Excitement about the change, seeing new places and meeting new people is inevitable, but so are feelings of stress about organizing the relocation and ensuring members of your family – particularly children and teenagers – cope with the move.

The good news is that there are resources available and steps that you can take to help you to get organized, make plans, assist your children, and keep one step ahead while dealing with your military move.  Feelings of stress can be dealt with by gaining some sense of control over the relocation.  Visit the office of the Relocation Assistance Program at your current installation for information that will help with the move.

Your family needs to be informed about the upcoming relocation and you should create a kind of ‘command center’ where you can keep everything related to the move, including to-do lists, orders, medical records, wills, passports, statements for financial accounts, powers of attorney and birth certificates.  Make sure you keep a hard copy of all these documents in addition to computer files.

Rather than attempting to do everything at once, prioritize which tasks need to be done first.  You will also need to create a budget for the move, which is something that can be greatly assisted by making use of the relocation budget planner available on the Military OneSource website.