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.
I can remember my first permanent change of station (PCS) vividly. My husband and I had been married six months and were about to uproot from northern California to the bustling metropolis of San Antonio. I had no clue where to start or what pieces of the puzzle I was responsible for.
Spring symbolizes new growth, renewal, and optimism. We see the signs of change around us as the days grow longer, the temperature gets warmer, and the flowers begin to bloom. For military families, spring signifies change as PCS season is among us.
Moving to Europe was only the beginning of our adventure when my husband and I arrived. Transferring from our last base to a new unit and country was also challenge. We were embracing civilian life for the first time after his transition out of the army.
For many of us, a stressful aspect of moving to Europe is the transportation of our four-legged family members. I worried the entire flight to Germany about my dog and cat, but they were both eagerly awaiting us at baggage claim, no worse for the wear.
Shopping at the German grocery store can be intimidating. When you don’t speak the language or understand the pricing system, the idea of the commissary as a safe haven is totally understandable.
Welcome to the U.K.! 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. To help make your transition to the U.K.
Moving to Germany 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 Germany! Here is a one-stop checklist to help get you settled in a timely manner:
ARRIVAL
Upon arrival, getting the basics set up is vital. This includes your phone, Internet, and television. The good news is that you have a variety of options and many resources are available to get you hooked up.
CELLPHONE SERVICE
SHIPPING YOUR VEHICLE OVERSEAS
Upon arrival, getting a cell phone plan up is vital. The good news is that you have a variety of options and many resources are available to get you connected.
CELL PHONE SERVICE
Providers:  Vodafone, Tim and Wind/3
Welcome to Italy! Here is your one-stop checklist once you’ve arrived at your new home in Italy:
ARRIVAL
Attend in-processing and newcomers’ briefings.
Attend newcomer orientation.
Get your codice fiscale.
Get your soggiorno.
It’s important to be open-minded as you search for your new home. Italian homes are much different, smaller and older than what you may be used to. Although the outside of an Italian home may seem a bit run down or small, always go in and take a look inside.
GETTING SETTLED
Moving to Italy 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.
Moving is second-nature for military families. Right when you get settled, BAM! Orders drop, the packers invade and suddenly your house looks more like a box warehouse. It can be hard for even the most seasoned veteran.