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PCSing? 3 More Tips on How to Lean on Your Military Community to Make the Transition Faster

After months of planning and preparing for your PCS, you’ve finally arrived at your new destination. Now it’s time for the fun part — building a nest and making it home. Here are a few MORE ways to tap into your new military community so you can get settled and into the swing of things more quickly.

5. Explore Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities to have fun and meet new people

Connect with fellow military families as you hit the links, go bowling or play basketball with your children at the recreation center. As the military’s network of support and leisure activities, the MWR program offers a variety of options — something for everyone to enjoy — both on and off on the installation. Contact your local MWR office for information about local programs and events. You can also visit your new duty station webpage on MilitaryINSTALLATIONS for information about MWR programs, as well as other programs, services and community amenities. Learn more about how to explore your base and beyond with MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.

6. Join a military spouse networking group to “talk jobs” with other spouses

For military spouses seeking employment at their new duty station, joining a networking group can be a great opportunity to meet fellow military spouses while advancing your career.

  • Learn more about the Military Spouse Employment Partnership

  • Connect with your installation’s spouse education, training and career services

  • Join the Military Spouse Employment Partnership spouse group on LinkedIn

7. Join your Family Readiness Group and widen your support network

The Military Family Readiness System empowers service members and families with the support and information they need to thrive in their military lives. Each service branch has a unit family readiness program, but the names and resources available may differ. Special focus is given to helping spouses and families prepare for short- and long-term deployments, increasing communication between families and unit leadership and boosting unit morale and a sense of community. These groups host family-friendly unit activities, where spouses can meet, find support and learn from each other.

Make your new destination home by connecting with your local military community so you can make connections and get to your new normal faster. If you still need help figuring out where to begin, Military OneSource consultants are available 24/7/365. Call 800-342-9647, set up a live chat or use overseas calling options to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

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