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.
Navigating the roads in Europe can be either an exhilarating experience or harrowing escape, based on where or when you choose to travel.
European windows don’t usually have screens like we’re used to in the United States. Since we don’t have air conditioning, we have to open the windows more often. That means those flies, mosquitos, bees and other insects have a chance to get in.
Documentation and equipment
PCSing is a major hurdle to jump no matter your age, whether you have done it a thousand times, or it’s your first time leaving home. Things become even more complicated once you go off to college.
As a military kid, moving becomes a state of mind. It’s not unusual or unnatural to finish high school having attended at least two high schools or realize your vernacular has changed based on where you’ve lived. That’s just the life of a military kid.
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.
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.
Thinking back to when I first found out about Value Added Tax (VAT) forms, the first thing that came to mind was, “Now I can buy more stuff!” It didn’t occur to me that it wasn’t the same at every store and that some stores wouldn’t accept them. Oh, the horror!
No matter the length of your military career, you probably moved at least once. For most service members leaving the military, either at retirement or at their end of active service separation, a final move at government expense is authorized.
Just as in the States, Germany has a number of different chain grocery stores which include regular grocery stores along with a large number of discount grocery chains. The average grocery store is much smaller than a typical grocery.
Military life is colorful, but military housing is not! Your rental or on-base housing will most likely pair light beige carpeting with white walls to create a 360-degree panorama of ho-hum.
When you’re preparing for a military move, having a pet can add another layer of complexity, particularly if you’re moving overseas. But you know the drill: spend some upfront time planning and preparing, and you can ease some of the stress of relocating for both you and your pet.
Parenthood is full of surprises. Just when you expect a complete meltdown, your resilient military kids shock you by going with the flow. Moving can put the whole house on an emotional rollercoaster. So, here are a few tips that might make your next move a smooth one for your kids — and you:
Getting your furry family members here was nerve-racking enough, but upset neighbors and displeased authorities can add to the stress of acclimating to a new place. You and your animal buddies will have a lot more fun if you understand the local laws and courtesies of pet ownership.