Workshop helps service members PCS with ease

21 Oct 2011 | Cpl. Miranda Blackburn

A workshop given by the Marine Corps Community Services Relocation Assistance Office aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is providing valuable information to service members and their families who will soon make a permanent change of station.

The “Making the Right Move” workshop assists service members and their families by informing them of what to expect at their next duty station and how to prepare for their travels.

The relocation assistance program is a mission essential program that supports Marines, sailors and their families during a PCS move. It reduces the stress related to frequent relocations, which is an inherent part of the mobile military lifestyle.

While the class is not mandatory, it is highly recommended.

“I always hear people say, ‘I’ve moved plenty of times – I know what I’m doing,’ but they don’t realize the amount of resources and information we really offer,” said Steven Schmitz, relocation specialist, MCCS.

Topics covered during the class included travel and pay entitlements and allowances, shipping personal property, travel tips, moving with children and teenagers, moving with pets, finding appropriate housing, Military OneSource, Military Home Front and accessing services at the new duty station.

By visiting, service members can view a personalized 90-day calendar and to-do list to prepare for their upcoming PCS, along with booklets containing all of the information pertaining to their next duty station including sponsorship, education, housing and child care.

In addition to the “Making the Right Move” workshop, the relocation assistance program provides other pre-departure and pre-arrival services including individual relocation plan sessions, welcome aboard orientations, new sponsor training, loan and lending locker, welcome aboard packages and home buying and selling classes. The services are structured to make the relocation process as smooth as possible.

For more information on upcoming workshops, call the relocation assistance program at 449-9704.