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,[…]

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[…]

Rent VS Buy Military Families Need to Weigh Their Options

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications There are any number of reasons why in a given situation renting might be better than buying or vice versa. For military families, it might make more sense to buy at one duty station and then rent at the next. Up for consideration with each PCS is whether[…]

Moving to Hampton Roads? What Military Families Need to Know!

  By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications So you are headed to Hampton Roads! The Hampton Roads area, often called “military-centric” is the birthplace of Colonial America and has the largest concentration of military installations of any metro area in the world. Nearly a fourth of the nation’s active-duty military personnel are stationed[…]

Your Next PCS Doesn’t Have To Be A Disaster

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Let’s face it; no matter how often you do it, moving is stressful. Having all your worldly goods packed up and hauled away wears on the best nerves. Saying goodbye to family and friends, leaving your favorite book club or bunco group, having to part with the[…]

Moving OCONUS – A Guide For Military Families Part 2

Part 2: Enjoying your time while prepping for the future. 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[…]

Costly PCS Blunders! One Military Family’s Tale

By D’Antrese McNeil PCSing can be one of the most stressful, unnerving, and sometimes even fun experiences a military family can go through. But one thing’s for sure, they always cost you real money. For the most part, the expenses associated with moving are supposed to be “covered”, but we all know it doesn’t always[…]

5 Tips for PCSing with Kids

By Rheanna Christine After months and months, you’ve finally gotten an almost definite date for your PCS. It might actually happen soon, and now you mentally begin to prepare for packing your three kids into a car and heading from one side of the country to another. PCSing with Kids A PCS can be a[…]

THE One Stop Shop for your next PCS

By Rebecca Alwine So often in this military life, we rely on those who have gone before us to get us through the next hurdle. Gone are the days that you arrive at a new duty station and then start learning about it. Luckily, PCSgrades has taken this mantra and created a one stop shop[…]

Is a DITY Move Right for Your Family?

By Jenah Wieczorek, PCSgrades Social Media Director It Pays To PCS Door to Door: PPM/Full DITY Every military family has thought about doing a Personal Procured Move (PPM) or DITY move at some point along the way. Was it the time the screws to the crib were lost, or you had to sleep on the air[…]