Military Move

7 Tips for Making a Military Move

Rachel Hartman

Active-duty military personnel make permanent change of station (PCS) moves about every two to four years, according to That can add up to a long list of moves over a relatively short period of time. What’s more, the changes may be abrupt.

“The period of time from when you receive orders to when you move can be anywhere from six days to six months,” said Babette Maxwell, founder of Military Spouse magazine.

Fortunately, a little planning can lead to a successful transition, rather than a headache-inducing one.

Here are seven tips for making a military move go smoothly.
Happy couple with boxes — Moving & Storage in Overland, MO

1. Know your limits.

2. Think about housing.

3. Get a power of attorney.

4. Prep for an overseas assignment.

5. Search for schools.

6. Streamline your packing.

7. Maintain perspective.