You received your orders and are ready to PCS. But, unexpectedly, you receive word that your move is delayed. Maybe you know for how long, or perhaps not.
Many military families are facing delays in their PCS as we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic. These families are in limbo. Some have already packed out, items shipped, and scheduled dates to move out.
What can you do as you wait for a delay in your PCS in this situation?
- Contact your current and new landlord or realtor. As soon as you find out that your move is delayed, make contact via email and a phone call. The email is your paper trail. Put it in writing. Save your hind.
- Stay up to date with any new updates from your spouse’s chain of command.
- Contact the vehicle processing center. If your orders are for overseas and you’ve already dropped off your vehicle at the processing center to be shipped, contact the office to see if you can retrieve your vehicle and change the shipping date. You need transportation.
- Ask friends for help. If you need to borrow a few essentials such as pots and pans, don’t be afraid to ask.
- Enjoy some fresh air. Even though we’re all practicing social distancing, getting out of the house for a walk or a jog. It is a great way to clear your mind.
Delayed PCSs happen way more often than we realize. So, let’s take a look at things you can do while waiting when we’re not facing self-quarantine and social distancing.
- Finish purging. We all have that one area of our house that we didn’t touch during our initial PCS purge. You know, those boxes that have moved three times and never opened. Those boxes that we swear we will get to once we move to our new house. GUILTY!
- Complete your bucket list. Go on that hike you wanted to tackle. Visit the museums you didn’t have a chance to explore.
- Schedule lunch dates or nights out with friends a few more times. Continue having fun with friends.
- Plan playdates and allow older kids to continue visiting with friends. Give your kids those extra playdates or hang out (if you have teens, you might get the evil eye if you call it a playdate) times with friends.
- Stay in touch with spouses you’ve connected with at your new duty station. Many milspouses make connections in Facebook groups before arriving at our new duty station. Be sure to let those connections know your move is delayed and stay in touch throughout. Don’t leave your new friends hanging.
Unfortunately, we have no control over PCSing, but we can take control of how we respond to them. A delayed PCS can cause some serious havoc. But pause, take a moment, go into your room, shut the door, and scream.
Come out of that room with your head high.
Send your friends an email.
Plan that lunch or dinner date.
Schedule those playdates for your kids.
Go visit those local spots you’ve eyeballed the last 2 years.
Invite friends over to have a purge party of those boxes. Yes, get your friends in on this! It will be fun!