Serving in the military full time
When full-time service in the military, housing is available either on-base or off-base. There are offices worldwide to contact when you receive your orders to help you locate your new place of residence.
Serving in the military part-time
When you are a "weekend-warrior" serving part-time in the Reserve or the National Guard, it is up to you where you live and for making those arrangements. However, you too may contact this office for information pertaining to where housing resources may be in the area you are moving to.
After your Military Service
When you leave the military after serving full time, the military will move you to your "home of record." So, be aware that if your "home of record" may have changed over the course of your service, you may want to visit S-1/G-1 and get that officially changed in your file.
Military One Source has a very helpful article outlining these steps to follow to "master your move" for a smooth move:
2. Tell your family members (especially your children)
Moving can be a challenging experience for children. There are a few steps you can take to help them navigate the emotional rollercoaster of packing up and shipping out. Military Kids Connect is an online community specifically designed to help military children ages 6-17 deal with the unique psychological challenges of military life, including frequent moves. Tell them about the move as soon as possible. And be sure to reassure them that the important things in life – such as how much you love them – won't change.
3. Take inventory.
A key part of a successful move is knowing exactly what’s going with you. The good news is technology makes this part easier than ever. With a smartphone or computer, you can record the name, description, and condition of everything in your home. Download free home inventory software at Ready.gov or ask your insurance company for inventory app recommendations.
4. Be prepared to wait for your stuff.
The location of your new home will determine a lot of things – including how long it takes for your household goods to arrive. If you are moving overseas, be prepared for it to take several months for your furniture and your car to catch up with you. A packing tip: even if you'll only be without your household goods for a few weeks, make sure you have the important items you'll need in the meantime included in your unaccompanied baggage or with you.
Now do these steps in the move:
Don't fret. With these moving tips, some preparation, and a bit of luck, your next move will be worry-free. Seize your adventure and master your move by tapping into the professionals and resources at your local relocation assistance offered by the Military and Family Support Center and Military OneSource. Call 800-342-9647 for assistance.