Just Landed

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders arrive and the flurry of moving begins. It’s a time of excitement, anticipation and preparations. One of the best investments you can make is to plan ahead of time for the costs associated with a move.
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.
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. 
Whether living on or off base, you are required to recycle in Germany. Installation recycling centers are only for those in government housing.
Now that you’ve found a place to call home, you’ll need utilities and communication services. The good news is that you have a variety of options, and many resources are available to get you hooked up. 
It’s been weeks since your nails were done and the kids need haircuts. You’re due for a date night and want a massage. How do you know that you’ll get your money’s worth? Will the business accept a VAT form, serve quality food or have English-speaking staff?
You may notice many cultural differences between American and German living. Adjusting to these differences and learning how to live like a local will improve your European experience and help you feel at home. 
Home, sweet home
Get organized, learn the language and make yourself at home with these tablet and smartphone apps. 
Finding a home in Germany can seem intimidating. Depending on the time of year you arrive, it may seem like either feast or famine. But once you understand the process and get going, you’ll find the right place to call home. 
Getting started 
Did you take the USAREUR driver’s exam before arriving, and already have your driver’s license? That’s great! If you didn’t, then STOP what you’re doing. You have a lot to learn before getting wheels — keep reading for the scoop on driving in Germany. 
Driver's exam