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A military career means moving and sometimes it means moving right away. The surprise PCS is one of the most dreaded events because it turns your world upside down with very little time to adapt, a million questions to answer, and no time to get everything done. 
The world of volunteering can be overwhelming, even more so if you have children. We, as responsible parents, want to teach our kids to be generous with our time and resources, but we are sometimes turned away from serving if we have young children.
For children and adults alike, the prospect of entering a new school can be daunting, let alone when that new school will be based in a foreign country. For some it may be their first experience within a Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) school.
We all make assumptions based on stereotypes and experiences. Over the years, I’ve gotten used to following the lead of my superstar wife, an Army civilian employee with a Ph.D. and an additional doctorate degree … not to mention a great singing voice.
Jet-lagged and inadequately caffeinated, I fought to keep my eyes open in the darkened conference room where my husband and I were attending our first day of in-processing briefings.
Everything you need to know about vehicles in the U.K.
From types of housing, viewing a home, lease signing, housing allowances, and more.
Everything you need to know about health and dental care in the U.K.
Moving overseas is a big change for the entire family. Children certainly feel this impact as they leave behind familiar schedules, classrooms, friends and neighborhoods. Here are ways to make the transition as smooth as possible for your kiddos.
ESTABLISH ROUTINES
Welcome to the U.K. — Here is a one-stop checklist to help you get settled in a timely manner:
PRE-ARRIVAL
Moving comes with many decisions, but one of the most important will be deciding whether
you would like to live on or off post. Housing options are different depending on where your
next assignment brings you, but there are a few things you should consider while making your
Whether you just arrived or have been here a while, you may be scratching— or still shaking —your head about some issues. We polled people at the office as well as other servicemembers, their spouses and U.S. civilians stationed in Europe.
Deployments are never easy, no matter if it is your first, or if you and your spouse have weathered a few assignments together.
Two years ago my friend Mary took a summer job in Spain. After unpacking, plugging in and using her hair straightening iron, it became alarmingly apparent that something was wrong.
Being stationed overseas does not mean that there is a lack of exciting, educational and entertaining summer activities for school-age kids.