5 Resources for Smoother Moves

Frequent moves are a part of military life. With that in mind, the Department of Defense makes plenty of resources available to guide service members and their families through the moving process. These resources will help you get a jump-start on your next move.

  • Your installation Military and Family Support Center - The staff can connect you with the right tools and information to ensure a smooth move, including:
    • Information about your new duty station
    • Information on moving costs, housing, child care, employment opportunities for your spouse, and the shipment and storage of your household goods
    • Relocation counseling on financial management, housing and stress management
    • Welcome packets
    • Newcomer orientations
    • Loan closets (for basic household items while your shipment is in transit)
  • Online resources - With these websites, 24-hour moving assistance is just a few clicks away:
    • The Defense Personal Property System site, Move.mil, lets many service members set up their moves and track their shipments. 
    • MilitaryINSTALLATIONS is a searchable directory of worldwide installations and state-related military contacts. 
    • Plan My Move allows you to input basic moving information and then provides a three-month, customizable calendar to help you plan and track your move. 
  • The Sponsorship Program - Through sponsorship, you can get the scoop on your new duty station from a fellow service member. Visit the Military and Family Support Center or get in touch with your new unit for more information. See MilitaryINSTALLATIONS for contact information.
  • Emergency financial assistance - Service members who find themselves in financial trouble can get help through both the military and civilian communities:
    • Army Emergency Relief, the Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society and the Air Force Aid Society all offer emergency financial assistance to service members and their families. 
    • Your installation's Military and Family Support Center will either have an emergency food closet or be able to refer you to community emergency resources. 
    • The Military and Family Support Center typically has a loan closet allowing families to borrow basic household items until the service member's household goods arrive.
    • Military OneSource consultants can research emergency financial resources within the community. They can typically gather the information in one business day.
  • Non-medical counseling services - Relocation can be a stressful time. Each service's Military and Family Support Center can provide service members and family members with additional support during a stressful relocation and readjustment period. Military OneSource can also provide confidential non-medical counseling for service members or family members who are having trouble adjusting.

Tap into these resources today and use them as you get ready for your next move. Find more information on topics like budgeting or spouse employment by visiting the Military OneSource Moving page.


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