Moving is one of the top five stressors in life: death, divorce, moving, major illness, and job loss.
For military folks, moving is a fact of life. Any woman associated with the military is all too familiar with this catchy little phrase, “Home is where the military sends you.”
Moving is a lot of work.
In the military, we call moving a PCS, which stands for Permanent Change of Station. The stark, official sound of a military acronym makes PCS sound like just another day at the office. In reality, a PCS involves a tremendous amount of work, research, purchases, decisions, as well as a good deal of emotional adjustments.
My last move.
I remember sitting in a Smooth Move class in preparation for our last move from Okinawa, Japan to Virginia. Sitting in a stale conference room with two dozen other families, the reality of change sank in and I could nurse my denial no longer. It was really time to leave. (Insert emotional hissy fit here).
After receiving tons of information about everything move, the mad dash to schedule travel plans and packers began. Nowhere in the meeting did they address the issue of I don’t want to move…again. I like it here, and I want to stay!
- There were no classes called, “But Moving Makes Me Crazy.”
- There was a distinct lack of any handouts entitled…”Saying Goodbye to Friends You Love.”
- There were no orders that address fitting a major life transition into your schedule.
That is not what these briefs are for. These briefs are all about housing checkouts, travel allotments, transferring medical regions, and household good shipments.
The paperwork is the easy part…it is the heart-side of moving that is much harder.
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