A permanent change of station overseas is a thrilling opportunity for your family to live abroad – a chance that few families get. An OCONUS move comes with the exciting promise of new cultures and experiences for your partner and children if they’re able to join you. Military OneSource provides online tools, personalized support and practical information to help with all the logistics of your overseas move so that you can get the most out of your adventure and start exploring your new home abroad.
Here are four things to consider when making a OCONUS move:
Apply for command sponsorship.
As soon as you learn about an OCONUS move, begin the application process for permission to bring your family with you. Complete the command sponsorship request and follow the instructions carefully, but keep in mind it’s not guaranteed. If granted, you’ll be reimbursed for your family’s travel expenses and provided with additional housing and benefits including legal and medical coverage.
- Obtaining Command Sponsorship Before an Overseas Tour
- Moving Overseas Resources
- A Service Family Checklist for Moving OCONUS
Be informed about your relationship with a foreign-born partner.
Love and romance happen overseas. If you decide to get married, remember that you may be questioned about your spouse’s nationality when it comes to maintaining your security clearance. If there’s a language barrier to understanding any initial challenges, translator services for official documents are available through Military OneSource.
Find the right overseas housing.
Finding the home to build your nest overseas is the difference between feeling like a visitor or feeling like a native. You may stay on the installation or in government housing or qualify for an overseas housing allowance to live elsewhere. Take advantage of the relocation assistance program to help with planning and budgeting.
Pack wisely for your move.
As exciting as an overseas move can be, there are many unknowns, including what you should bring with you. There are strict weight requirements for a military move and you may want to consider allocating a portion of that for your vehicle. Pack conservatively and remember that your spouse’s items will be weighed separately. Carry any personal items and information documents by hand.