PCSing Summer Surge: Busy, Stressful, Exciting | Item
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Leaving a job you love in a country you loved might not be easy. And moving to another continent can make things more difficult.
That is why the Army Materiel Command and Facilities Management Command are working to facilitate the process. Since January, those waiting for PCS this summer have been told that this year’s “Summer Surge” may have challenges on both sides of the Atlantic.
“I had no issues with my housewares, car shipping, accommodations or anything, even got a sponsor for my new assignment,” said Master Sgt. Bishop Latoral of the US Army Rheinland-Pfalz Garrison Religious Support Office on the cleanup process. “The agencies are all different. You can contact some by phone and others by e-mail.
Garrison employee Matt Davis leaves after seven years. His family moved five people, two dogs and two cars.
“There are so many balls that you have to juggle. It’s stressful. There’s no way around that, ”Davis said. “[The Civilian Personnel Advisory Center] was very pleasant to manage, but the amount of paperwork was incredible. But it’s part of the process and everyone has to face the same thing.
With the controls in hand, things started to roll for Bishop and Davis. The Army’s 405th Field Support Brigade, which manages all PCS movement within the garrison footprint, advises all PCS that as soon as they have orders in hand, do not run to launch the process. Even before plane tickets, the first stop should be the transport movements office
“As soon as you have your orders, get to transport as quickly as possible,” said Jeffrey Morrison, transport specialist at 405th. “We are making appointments and you can come to Daenner Kaserne to start.”
Bishop and Davis said shipping their vehicles has been quick and easy, as long as you have the right documents. Both have been able to find temporary accommodation for their families and are in the process of relocating, a process that differs somewhat between military and civilian employees.
The AMC and IMCOM are open to educating all Soldiers and their families of PCS challenges in the United States, including company moving delays and more.
Davis cautioned these PCS to understand that while the government pays a lot of fees and there are agencies and functions in place that can help, moving can still be a costly undertaking.
“The biggest stress is financial,” he said. “It costs, it costs. It’s easy to start bleeding money if you’re not careful. Shipping a second car on us, shipping your pets, a rental car, the first and last month’s rent for a home at destination, things the government doesn’t cover… it all adds up very quickly. People have to understand and plan for this.
Bishop said it’s important to remind PCS that you have other things to do. If you have received government furniture for your home, you will need to call the Furniture Management Office to arrange for their return. You will need flight and accommodation reservations on both sides of the PCS. Remember to set aside time for cleaning and tidying up your home, on or off the job.
Finally, Bishop and Davis have both stated that they do not overlook the emotional and mental stress that an SCP can endure on you and your family.
“I felt it and saw it with friends,” Davis said. “I was able to talk with friends, family and colleagues to get away from it all. But you need to realize that you also need to take care of yourself and your whole family. “