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How to Prepare to PCS in the Military

Posted: August 8, 2023
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So, you understand what a PCS move is, but how does a PCS move work and how do you prepare to PCS? What do you need to think about when you’re moving? Moving Help® will assist you by giving you some tips to keep in mind. 

How Do I Prepare to PCS?

First, you should make sure your PCS orders are correct. Mistakes do happen, so it’ll be good to double check the information to make sure everything is correct, especially if you do find a discrepancy. Afterward, you should discuss it with your family. It’ll be good to discuss your new adventure as a family and answer any questions your children might have for you. 

The government will pay for most costs associated with your move, according to, so make sure you’re aware of what costs the government will reimburse you for and make sure you save your receipts. The most common government-paid travel allowances include personal and dependent travel, household goods and vehicle shipment, dislocation allowance, and temporary lodging reimbursement. 

What to Keep in Mind During a PCS Move?

You’ll want to keep track of any high-value items such as jewelry, electronics, or collectibles and keep them with you. Additionally, you’ll want a toy for your children, and you’ll need a pet toy, food, water, and dishes for your pet. 

You’ll also want to keep a bag with you personally during your PCS move that should hold important documents. 

  • Social Security card 
  • Birth certificate 
  • Passport 
  • Medical records (doctor, dental, or vision) 
  • School records for your children 
  • Vet records for your pet 
  • Driver’s license 
  • Title to your car 

You’ll also want to change your address when you finally move to your new home after you’re done with your PCS move. 

  • United States Postal Service 
  • Banks 
  • Car insurance 
  • Home insurance 
  • Driver’s license 
  • Voting registration 
  • Subscriptions 
  • Utility companies 
  • Internet company 
  • Phone company 

Moving Help Makes Moving Easier 

With so much to keep track of and so much to think about, let Moving Help put your mind at ease on moving day. By using the Moving Help Marketplace, you’ll find the right Service Providers that’ll fit your budget and needs. With Moving Help, you can prepare to PCS in no time!