Plan My Move


Last week, after a successful yard sale, I silently wished that someone would just tell me exactly what I needed to do for this move. I was growing tired of making random to-do lists, and I kept getting more and more confused with all the paperwork my husband brought home. Luckily, my silent plea came true minutes later in the form of an email about a new DoD service specifically for PCS planning.

The service is called Plan My Move, and once I saw all it offered, the stress melted away. I hope I don’t sound too much like an infomercial, but I’m truly impressed and excited about using it (and no, I’m not getting paid to say any of this).

Basically, Plan My Move features a three-month, customizable calendar created specifically for your move and your family’s needs to almost every military installation around the world. It provides day-to-day tasks that you can modify as much or as little as you would like. And what I especially like is that it lets you change, move, remove, or add your own tasks to the calendar, as well as the ability to print it out and/or download it to your computer.

Plan My Move is fantastic just with the calendar alone, but it goes above and beyond by creating several lists that you can print out and keep with you. The to-do list coordinates with the calendar, and the travel and arrival checklists will be extremely handy closer to the actual move. One of the coolest aspects it has is the “Important Telephone Numbers” feature. Not only does it list the current numbers for the station you’re currently located at, but it also provides you with those need-to-know numbers for the next duty station.

But wait, there’s more! Plan My Move has a plethora of information right at your fingertips. Every task on the calendar is linked with an in-depth explanation and specific contact information pertaining to that particular task. There’s info on how to make your own personal inventory of your belongings, tips about researching schools near your new station, SOFA agreement info, must-know facts about traveling with pets, and so much more. I’m still amazed at all the help and guidance I’m gaining just from a simple calendar to-do list. I’m telling you: weight off my shoulders!

So far, I haven’t had any problems using Plan My Move, and even though my calendar doesn’t officially start until June (three months before our estimated departure), I’m enjoying pressing the “remove” button for completed tasks and preparing for future tasks.

The things I’ve mentioned here are just a small taste of what Plan My Move offers; I’m finding new features and information every time I log on. Have you used Plan My Move yet? What do you think about it so far?

photo source: mil8

About the Author

Jessica Lynn

Two years ago, Jessica Lynn married her Air Force husband and moved from her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to join him across the country in Georgia. If getting married and embarking on the life of an Air Force wife wasn't enough of an adventure, they recently traded in their Georgia peaches and for pasta and wine when her husband got orders to Northern Italy.

No longer a PCS virgin, Jessica is already gearing up for her second PCS in two years. When she's not twiddling her thumbs waiting for more answers about their upcoming move, you can find her learning Italian so she can have a conversation with her 90-year-old neighbor, traveling as much as time and money will allow, hanging out with her husband and puppy, and blogging about her OCONUS adventures at Jessica Lynn Writes.

  • I just went and planned an imaginary PCS to see what the site was all about. The verdict: I’m impressed. If the information remains up-to-date over the couple of years until we’re likely to move, I think Plan My Move will be an invaluable resource. Cheers for checklist-wrangling!

  • Ann

    Is there something like this for people who are just getting married? DF and I are getting married this summer; he is already at his duty station and we’re not sure how the moving process works if we aren’t PCSing (or if we’ll get any of the usual help, etc.). This looks like a great tool, but it won’t let me do anything because we’re not moving from one station to another!

    • Amy

      Ann I think, sadly, you are on your own. Military only helps when they are forcing you to do something.

  • Melissa

    It’s a great tool!! Very helpful! However….I think some of the content needs to be updated. We are moving OCONUS in 6 months and it mentions that we need to get regular passports. We actually need to get SOFA Passports. Overall, I am not complaining…just would like to see more relevant info :)

    • Melissa, obviously since I’m in the same boat as you, I could be completely wrong, but I’ve heard you get a SOFA stamp (or a letter or something like that) that goes in your regular passport. I haven’t heard anything about not needing a regular passport.

      • Melissa

        At our relocation class we need a special SOFA passport, different from our regular passport. The SOFA passport gets us in the country to live….but the regular passport is what we will use to travel around. The Plan My Move does not mention anything about getting a SOFA Passport. It just mentions what SOFA’s are… :)

        YAY for OCONUS moves!! Are you excited?? I can’t wait!! :)

        • SO excited…and anxious. I just looked up more about the passports, visa and sofa’s and this is what I found (very brief search and I didn’t read it all they way through—my mind can only process so much about the move these days!) Air Force:…. and Army:

          looks like I might have a new topic for another day :)

          • Yes, that is correct. I am currently in Belgium, and if you want to travel, you will need both the SOFA stamped passport (provided for you) and your tourist one (you pay for yourself). Odds are, no one will stop you at the border, but it could happen…and of course if you fly, they’ll look at it. I worked in the tour industry and had a few folks stuck trying to leave countries they flew into…

  • Amy

    Thank you so much for checking this out! Like most things related to my September PCS, I am avoiding doing anything at all. (HAHAHAHAH … so typical). I mean, stupid PCSing is a lot of work and I am sooooo over it. Glad you checked out the resource for me so, um, maybe I will stop procrastinating (yeah right).

  • Melissa you will need regular passports in addition to thr SOFA ones. And remeber–you cannot travel on a SOFA passport.

    • Melissa

      Totally get that!! It’s just such an important step that I thought it should be included in the Plan My Move tool :) And mention that getting a SOFA Passport is free and should be done in plenty of time before the PCS :)

  • Heather

    Unless it’s changed, which is likely, SOFA passports are issued at military installations. They brief you on it before you do an OCUNS PCS. You can not get them, untill you have orders, with the accompanied family members names on the orders. It takes a matter of minutes once you have an appointment, and they will rush mail them to theofficewhich you comeback handpick them up from. Much faster than getting a regular passport. And you most definitely need both every time you travel. US passport when you r leaving or entering US, SOFA passport when you return to your host country.

  • Dee

    Do we need a visa for germany? We have both passports.

  • Jennifer

    Three months notice for a PCS. Ha!

    I like the idea of the relocation class Melissa mentioned. When we left Hawaii I one was offered to me to tell my husband about (as if the boat would understand him going to a class to learn about moving) but spouses weren’t allowed to attend.