U.S. Marine Corps Capt. A.J. Bormann, a public affairs officer with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installation East, assists his son as he shoots a Nerf gun at a mock shooting range during the unit's Kids Boot Camp at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on April 24, 2014.

How to help the kids cope with a pandemic PCS move

PCSing is about as much fun as a mandatory kickball event on a Saturday hosted by the company First Sergeant, and the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created even more confusion for you and your kids. To help you and your family survive and thrive during these trying times, we’ve compiled some steps to better prepare them for a PCS move during the pandemic.

NAVSUP FLC Bahrain's transportation service providers load the moving truck during a household goods move amid the COVID-19 crisis.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PCS MOVE

When you first get PCS orders for a military move, a thousand questions start running through your mind. You don’t even know how to prepare for a PCS move. You look around and start asking, how are we going to move all this stuff? What about the car? And the pets? And the kids? And then there are all the big questions about your new duty station– what will it be like? Where will we live? Schools? Jobs? Ahhhh! No matter how many times you have moved before, a PCS move is stressful and can feel overwhelming.

A U.S. Air Force pararescueman assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, operates the canopy of his parachute while conducting a high altitude, high opening military free fall jump working with a C-130J Super Hercules flown by the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 4, 2018.

7 Incredible Free Services Being Offered During Quarantine

As the coronavirus pandemic forces us to be stuck at home all day, it can feel a bit like you’re stuck in your own unfunny version of Groundhog Day. But being on lockdown doesn’t mean that you have to be weighed down by boredom, anxiety, and stress. You just need to make sure you’re making the most of your time and we’re here to help you with that.

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Get everything ready for your VA Home Loan while on lockdown

So you have PCS orders and you were thinking about buying a home… but now COVID-19 and the DoD travel restrictions are ruining all your plans. These are certainly frustrating times, but the good news is that the current limitations are temporary. People with PCS orders will eventually move. Your family will still need a house to live in at your new location. So instead of looking at this like a huge roadblock, face it as an opportunity to spend some extra time getting things in order for your move.

Laurel Bay - Students receive an environmental presentation from another student at Robert E. Galer Elementary School May. 6, 2016

Military students need to prepare for lockdown aftermath

The school year is coming to a close, and parents across the country are celebrating the end of the distance learning experiment. We are all looking forward to a more normal school year in the fall. But if your family is getting ready to PCS this summer, your student’s challenges are just beginning. If you thought managing their Zoom call schedule was difficult, wait until you try to transfer them to a new school district during a pandemic.