PCSing? How the Relocation Assistance Program Can Help
Use the Relocation Assistance Program to Help Ease the PCS Stress
If you are getting ready for your next PCS, you may be feeling the pressure of what is to come. Military moves can be stressful and require a lot of patience. There are a lot of steps to get through and to check off of your list. Luckily, the military has resources to help.
The Relocation Assistance Program is a congressionally mandated program that was started to ease the stress that comes with a PCS. The program offers information, resources, and one-on-one support for the different aspects of a PCS. This includes moving costs, household goods shipments, housing options, childcare, sponsorship, school information, spouse employment and license transfer, newcomer orientations, loan closet, cultural adaptation, community resources, and more.
Most of the services are offered through your installation’s Military and Family Support Center. Know that the programs and services you find may differ a little from each duty station, but you should be able to find what you need to help you during your PCS.
If you go to MilitaryINSTALLATIONS search page, and search for your new installation, you can find your installation’s page with most of the information you will need for your PCS. They will have information on the units at the duty station, information on motor vehicles, installation access, firearms, dog restrictions, Covid policies, check-in procedures, emergency assistance, and more.
You can also find information on different military and family support services such as the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and Child and Youth Services (CYS). You can find links to an installation program and services directory for the area as well as other local community information. Basically, it will be your guide for your new duty station and allow you to get prepared for your move, and ease the transition once you get there.
You can also use the search to find the Relocation Assistance Program or sometimes called the Relocation Readiness Program at your local duty station. This result will give you the address, phone number, and webpage information if your duty station has one.
You can search the MilitaryINSTALLATIONS search page by military installation, state resources, or program or service to find out exactly what you need.
In addition, the Relocation Assistance Program offers services for special needs families. If you have a special needs child, you will be worried about the transition to a new location. The program providers will be able to help you connect with your EFMP family support provider so you can get the help you need in making the transition.
The program also helps with emergency financial aid by connecting you with the personal financial management services that they offer at your new duty station. If you are a foreign-born spouse, they can help with resources as well as referrals about immigration and naturalization, help find English language programs, and give advice on getting around the local area.
When getting ready for your PCS, make sure to visit the PCS and Military Moves page. This page is where you can find our details such as your weight allowance, your entitlements, and schedule your move.
Need even more help? Military One Source has a live chat you can access to talk with Military One Source experts about your PCS and any questions you might have.
As you can see, the Relocation Assistance Program offers many resources and benefits for military families going through the PCS. A PCS has a lot of steps and details. The Relocation Assistance Program can make it a much easier process.
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About the author
Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.