Five Things To Do When Researching New Duty Stations

Research is the first step in any PCS Move.

Research is the first step in any PCS Move.

As PCS Season ramps up, many military families are researching new bases and communities as they compare order options. This can be a very exciting and also a very nerve-wracking time for many of us.

While many of you have research for moving down to a science, we’ve identified five essential tasks you should tackle while researching new orders and bases so that your PCS gets off to the best possible start.

  1. Look up local Facebook groups. This is a newer tactic, but one that will be most valuable to you! Try to get added to local base Facebook groups so that you can begin asking questions or even get copies of welcome information from people who are currently stationed there.
  2. Reach out to someone who has been there for the best gouge. The military community seems to be a very small world sometimes. Dig deep and try to come up with some contacts – even if you don’t know them well – who can tell you about life at the base. Usually, folks are very willing to be helpful. They’ve been in your situation before!
  3. Yes, do a Google search, but be choosy with your reading. Stick with good sources such as About.com’s military resources, Military OneSource, and .mil resources for official information.
  4. Check out Military Duty Stations and Connect on your Local SargesList page! Military Duty Stations is packed with reviews about bases written by people just like you. It’s honest, sincere and unfiltered. Local SargesList pages will give you great listings for local services, businesses and more.
  5. Download the PCS Guide! Don’t miss out on what’s been hailed as the best moving guide of its kind by the military community. It’s packed with information about moving, organizational charts and so much more.
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