PCS

Willkommen in Deutschland! Welcome to Germany! If you’ve recently arrived, your head may be spinning from a combination of jetlag and the sheer amount of information coming your way. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Moving overseas is a big change with a lot of moving pieces.
Imagine you just moved and then find out your partner's deploying. Don't worry, you can handle it, and there's support when you need it. Here are some tips to help you get through this:
• Make new friends (or at least know people you can count on).
• Get out there and explore.
I am a European mutt but mostly Italian and Polish, two groups of people who tend to ooze oil out of every pore. I spent years battling oily skin, not knowing the one cure was across the pond coming out of a faucet: Germany's hard water.
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 it’s a PCS, TDY or short vacation for a few days or weeks, there are simple techniques that will help you minimize the effects you’ll inevitably feel when exposed to a new culture.
The U.S. Armed Forces in Europe require that U.S. servicemembers and dependents comply with host-nation child safety seat laws. According to the European Commission, member states must enforce child safety seat laws with the minimum requirements.
According to Merriam-Webster, the word ‘deployment’ means a “placement or arrangement in position for a particular use or purpose.” For many in the military community, it brings a mixed sense of pride, duty, fear, sadness and an overwhelming sense of the unknown.
Whether you love it or hate it, moving is a big part of being a military spouse. On top of the constant moves, there are the occasional less than ideal living circumstances you’ll find in another country.
Growing up, one of my favorite board games was the Game of Life. I loved hearing the clicking spin of the wheel, and wondering what path my “life” would take. Would I end up with twins? Would I finally hit the jackpot and land on the lottery space?
Shopping on the economy can be very intimidating, especially if you have not been in Germany very long. After all, almost everything is in German, few brands will be familiar and some of the foods are just very different than what you find in the typical American supermarket.
There are a plethora of PCS (Permanent Change of Station) advice articles out there, but after reading some of the cringe-worthy moving experiences shared by fell
Using a credit card can be the safest and most effective way of carrying currency and buying things “on the economy” when stationed overseas.
Whether planned or unplanned, most military families experience several PCS moves. That means packing up household goods, saying good-bye to a familiar duty station and starting over someplace new.
Retired Vice Adm. Cutler Dawson knows a thing or two about transitioning from active duty, and he’s learned a lot of life lessons along the way. From an impressive 34-plus year career as a U.S.
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