Being married to a military man for 6 years now, I have endured my fair share of moves. We are currently underway with our fifth move, or PCS (permanent change of station), so I’d like to consider myself somewhat of an expert. Two of the moves I did without help from anyone. Whew! Just talking about it brings back some bad memories! The first time was from an off base house in Hawaii to a house on base. When we first moved to Hawaii there was a long waiting list for housing so we decided to experience the real Hawaii and live out in town. While we met some great local people and enjoyed our short 5 minute walk to the beach, life in a 1,ooo sqft home without a/c was less than enjoyable. We put our name back on the housing wait list and were lucky enough to get a home. The downside was that the home became available when my husband was deployed. Me, being the super Marine Corps wife that I am, decided to move into our new home by myself. I’ll never forget the day the first mover showed up to our house. He was early and asked if he could use our bathroom. (We only had one bathroom in our home and the door was one of those bi-fold closet doors with slats in them.) I said sure and continued on with whatever I was doing. A minute or two later, the loudest explosion I have ever heard came ripping through the slats on the bathroom door. This man, who I’d just met and would be spending the next 3 days with, was blowing up my one and only bathroom. I immediately covered my mouth and ran outside. It was going to be a long 3 days.
While I’m sure I have a million other moving horror stories, I’ve come up with a list of things I think are important to know when moving in the military. I hope you will find them helpful, and make your move less stressful. Good luck!
Military moving announcement by Four Harp Designs