Want to have a smoother PCS? Make a binder!
The biggest key to having a smooth PCS is being ORGANIZED. Whether you’re moving within the United States or OCONUS (outside the continental United States), having your stuff together is a must. But organization becomes even more of a priority when you move overseas. Most military families don’t get to move overseas, and for those who do it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience (most of the time). It can be quite intimidating! I promise that the feeling of overwhelm is normal.
Gaining some control
However, it doesn’t have to be ALL overwhelm and chaos. Yeah the Army has the last say, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some level of control. My way of having control is being in tip-top organizational shape. After my husband got his RFO (request for orders), I got to work on creating our Germany PCS Binder. (An RFO basically means that orders are imminent.) My creation is based on a conglomeration of ideas I got from other military spouses on YouTube and in the blogosphere. But I definitely put my own “Type A” twist on it!
The best way to share about my overseas PCS binder was to make a video. In the video you will learn:
- When to create your OCONUS PCS binder
- How to organize your binder
- The difference between a tourist passport and a “no-fee” passport (skip to 3:45)
- What the heck is EFMP, and what’s the difference between HHG and UB?
- Ideas on what to put in NTS (non-temporary storage)
- …and more!
Link to video on YouTube/to share: http://bit.ly/2yu3ce5
Also note: under each heading I have live, clickable links to my favorite resources and references. They are *slightly* darker than the rest of the text, so just a heads up! Please click around! :)
MY PCS BINDER CATEGORIES
- Important documents
(Note: if you have kids, you’ll definitely want a tab for them! You might even want a separate tab for school-related stuff.)
MY PCS BINDER INSPIRATION
US Army Family
FREE PCS Printables for your binder by A Semi-Delicate Balance
Army Life from the Wife
General OCONUS PCS Tips from Our Army Life
Don’t forget resources from Military One Source!
INFO ON PASSPORTS
Important: visit your installation’s Passport Office for their specific”no-fee” passport instructions.
TRAVELING TO GERMANY
Filmed with GoPro Hero Session 5
Edited with iMovie
Music credits: “Folk Bed” from http://audionautix.com (Released under Creative Commons License 3.0)
Where I make my graphics: http://www.canva.com
Leave a comment if you have any questions or want to add your thoughts!