While moving is always stressful, your stress can be drastically reduced if you take full advantage of the information, education, and personal assistance provided to you by the Relocation Program. This is the place to find answers and get referral to other installation resources as well as assistance with in-transit emergencies. The most important thing you can do to ensure a smooth move is to start planning early using the many Relocation Assistance program services and tools available.
Individual PCS Planning
Most relocation programs offer one-on-one consultation for anyone needing assistance. In particular those making their first military move, first overseas move, or those with challenging and complex situations such as special needs family members or financial problems should call the Relocation Program for an appointment.
Military Installations and Plan My Move
For managing and planning your move, use these two DoD sponsored web-based relocation tools with information on over 250 installations worldwide. You can estimate expenses, find the forms necessary for housing and household goods, keep a calendar of events and take other necessary actions to ensure a successful move.
Basic household goods items are available to borrow while waiting for your personal property pre-departure or upon arrival. The typical items in stock include: pots and pans, dishes, silverware, irons, ironing boards, portacribs, high chairs, and infant/toddler car seats. Generally, towels and bed linens are not available, so these should be packed in your hold baggage.
Workshops and Briefings
The classes offered vary from installation to installation but you can generally find classes on buying, selling and renting smart, budgeting and finance, moving with children, general moving preparation and many other moving related topics.
Sometimes called Smooth Move or PCS Briefings, you and your spouse will want to attend for sure. These briefings provide essential information that can prevent you from making uninformed and costly decisions before your move.
These may include welcome wagon services, local area tours with childcare often provided, or basic household items to use until your goods arrive. Overseas arrival services may include introductory language classes and cultural awareness training.
The Family Center assists unit family readiness groups and Ombudsman programs during the entire deployment cycle. Support includes services for special needs, classes on deployment preparation, managing finances, helping children adjust, family separation, return and reunion, and information on resources available locally and on-line.
Foreign Born Spouse Support
Whether your question concerns immigration and naturalization, learning the English language or how to take local transportation, the Relocation Program provides assistance, classes and referrals.
From time-to-time emergencies occur while moving, the Relocation Program office has the resources to provide emergency financial assistance and referrals.
This is a mandatory program available to assist personnel and family members when they separate from the military. The Relocation Assistance office will establish your individual transition plan and refer you to all the installation and community resources necessary to complete a successful transition.
Installation Specific Information
When the service member in your family receives relocation orders, your whole family may need to adjust to leaving friends and relatives behind, career challenges, and new places and cultures. Help make moving a positive experience by discussing the move, planning ahead, being positive and seeking help from the Relocation staff. The China Lake Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Relocation Assistance Program staff provides information regarding base activities and services, information packets on other military installations, orientations for newly arriving service members and their families, free loan of household items (Loan Closet), and much, much more.
The Relocation Counselor is available to provide pre-move planning assistance, base and community information worldwide, and arrival and settling-in services. Relocation is a way of life for the military family. It is seldom easy, usually stressful, sometimes frightening, and always constant. The FFSC will either have the information you need or refer you to someone who has it. To make relocating as easy as possible, visit the FFSC Relocation Counselor.