Mastering the Move: Your Next PCS

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My oldest enjoying the beaches of the Emerald Coast in 2008.

I’m starting to get the itch to move.  It’s like an antsy-restless feeling that tells me it’s time for new horizons.  I just feel it in my bones.

We’ve spent the last 5 years in Florida <cue the “you’re-so-luckies”>.  Don’t go getting up in arms…we’ve actually PCSed within Florida from the Panhandle to our current location in Tampa…which was a total last minute PCS and definitely not on our “list” of places we’d wanted to go.   I’ve reached my limits on the Groundhog’s Day-esque heat, humidity (read: enemy of my curly mop), and Christmases in shorts and flip flops.

As much as Florida isn’t my favorite place, I have to say, I’ve found myself falling in love with the water, palm trees, and emerald beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast.  It really is a paradise.  And I love it a lot more than I thought I would.  But as with all things in our military lives, everything is temporary and it’s time to prepare for the next adventure.

The time has come.  The time to start the purging, inventorying, and determining which pieces of furniture have outlasted their PCS-worthiness.   It’s time to make the last hurrah list of places to visit, restaurants to try, and find that perfect knick-knack that sums up three years of life well-lived.

Moving can be an extremely cathartic experience.  As military spouses we are forced to do a self-inventory every few years.  We have to evaluate not only our household goods, but our personal and professional goals and progress as well.  As we pour over our worldly possessions and trim down the excess stuff that doesn’t fit in our lives anymore, we have to do the same for ourselves.

A PCS is a like a mirror.  It forces you to take a hard look at your life and really see your own journey.  Are you where you want to be?

Military move, PCS boxesWhen orders come do you find yourself setting goals for the next 2 or 3 years?  Perhaps you want to…

One of the things I love the most about a PCS is that it can push you out of a rut.  You see the same people every day.  Your routine is more predictable than old faithful.  And then, BOOM!  PCS orders drop and your life is automatically energized!

Where will you live?  Where will you work?  Shop?  Eat?  Travel?

It’s instant adrenaline…and let’s face it, whether we want to be or not, military spouses are some of the biggest adrenaline junkies I know!  We thrive under pressure.

Whether you’re facing your first move or your fifth move, I challenge you to explore the possibilities, even if you’re facing a less than ideal assignment.  Every place you move offers you something new.  Something different.  And often, we don’t realize the beauty of a beastly assignment until it’s in our rear-view mirror.


  1. Perfect, perfect, perfect timing! My fiancé and I are getting married and going through our first PCS together this month, so the topic timing is wonderful. Although I’m mostly packed, I can’t wait to read up on tips and tricks for moving and making the most out of a new living situation!

    • How exciting, Caroline! And congrats! Once you get this PCS under your belt, you’ll be a pro! If you have any questions, let us know!

  2. Jamie Urbanawiz

    Yep, I’m always sad to leave. Whether it’s the people or the area, there’s always something that I will miss. However, I am almost always ready to go, too. I just get that, “It’s time to go” feeling in my gut. I’m actually afraid of retirement, when we’re done moving every few years, and are settled into a place for the long haul. I’ve been moving since childhood, I really don’t know how I’m going to spend more than 5-10 years in one spot!

    • You’re not the only one afraid of retirement. I was a milkid, too and it was really scary to think of not moving again. My husband and I always fantasize about what it would be like to stay in one place for longer than 3 years or to have friends that you’ve known your entire life.


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