A Kid Friendly PCS

By Stacey Faris, PCSgrades Base Advocate Ever have the PCS itch? You know the one. That nagging sensation you get when you’ve been somewhere two plus years – the excitement of new adventures, new vacation spots, and restaurants. The never-ending game of finding moving stickers when you were sure you’d gotten them all! As it turns out, Read more about A Kid Friendly PCS[…]

Moving Cars During a PCS

By Rebecca Alwine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate While the average number of cars per family in America has decreased over the past 10 years, there are still many military families that own two or more vehicles. (Note, for the purpose of this conversation, we’re only talking about automobiles.) So how do military families move their multiple Read more about Moving Cars During a PCS[…]

Military Families Making the Most of Being Stationed in Hawaii

By Rochelle Murty I have a confession to make. Moving to Hawaii is not exactly a fun process. (There, I said it.) From the unaccompanied baggage shipment, to animal quarantine, to vehicle shipping, it feels like there are a hundred more things to worry about than a stateside move. Add some kids to the mix, Read more about Military Families Making the Most of Being Stationed in Hawaii[…]

New Duty Station the Pentagon? What Military Families Need to Know

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Strategic Communications Director You are headed to the Pentagon! A place where you can get all the exercise you need just walking in from the parking lot! This not your typical duty station experience.  Here are many of the things you need to know before relocating to the Nation’s Capitol and Read more about New Duty Station the Pentagon? What Military Families Need to Know[…]

How More and More REALTORS® are Choosing to Support the Military and Veteran Community

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Each year approximately 650,000 service members are issued orders to relocate to a new duty station. According to the Blue Star Families 2015 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, military families move, on average, seven times more often than civilian families. Of those families, the 2008 DMDC Survey of Read more about How More and More REALTORS® are Choosing to Support the Military and Veteran Community[…]

Finding Joy in Your Duty Station

By Rheanna Christine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate We all know that in military life we don’t always get what we want. We face deployments that happen at inconvenient times, last minute TDYs, over-night shifts and the dreaded “not anywhere on my dream sheet” PCS location. Blogs all over the internet talk about the worst duty locations, Read more about Finding Joy in Your Duty Station[…]

I Hate Our New Duty Station!

By D’AntreseMcNeil, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate I like to believe I am a pretty open person. I mean, you have to be as a military family, because you essentially never REALLY know where the military is going to place you every few years. With that said, I approach every new duty station with a positive outlook, Read more about I Hate Our New Duty Station![…]

Moving OCONUS: A Guide For Military Families Part 3

Part 3 – Returning Home!  By Stacey Faris Through a three-part series, Moving OCONUS: Before, During and After, PCSgrades is here to help you to navigate the ins and outs of an OCONUS move from the minute your spouse walks in and yells “Kon’nichiwa!” or “Guten Tag!” to the time you land back stateside. When Part Read more about Moving OCONUS: A Guide For Military Families Part 3[…]

Is an Unaccompanied Tour in Your Future?

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Strategic Communications Director I always said I would never willingly be separated from my husband and luckily for us, most circumstances allowed us to make a choice to be together. The closest we came to even considering being separated, aside from mandatory deployments, was when he was assigned at the last Read more about Is an Unaccompanied Tour in Your Future?[…]