Waiting To Find Out Where Home Will Be…

moving trucks

It was interesting to see Jessica Lynn’s first post was about her upcoming OCONUS PCS (“outside the continental United States permanent change of station,” or overseas move).  As I read, I found that I was a wee bit jealous.  Oh, not about where they are going (well, only a little) but the simple fact that they KNOW where they are going.

The only thing I know for sure is that we WILL be moving in about 3 months.  We think there are 2 possibilities:  one is OCONUS and one is CONUS.  Let’s face it:  those are 2 very different types of moves that require different strategies.

There is a lot of angst on my post/base/whatever your service calls it.   Most of us are moving this summer.  Some know where they are going.  Some don’t.  A handful of people even have orders.  The rest of us hate them.  (No, not really!)  At this point, I just want to KNOW where we are going so I can start wrapping my head around it and start laying the groundwork for prepping for the move.

Besides, looking at rental property sites in 2 such different locations is driving me crazy.

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Marine Wife

Marine Wife is a former Army Brat who married her Marine in 1998, making theirs a mixed marriage. She has two Devil Pups that keep her on her toes and threaten her sanity daily.

But that might only be fair since Marine Wife just might hold the record for getting her husband called on the carpet. Hmmm....that might be why he now enjoys the fact that she never took his name.

While Marine Wife often wonders what it would be like to live at the same address for longer than 2 years, she enjoys all the adventures that life with the Corps affords. OORAH!

  • beentheredonethat

    For our first oconus pcs we went to Atsugi Japan. While the country was lovely it was well overpriced and even then the dollar couldn’t keep up. Even with cola it was difficult to keep things afloat. Needless to say for my small family of three we didn’t get to have many experiences all together. It just cost too much. My husband climbed Mt. Fuji with his buddies, my daughter and I saw every garden and museum within a hundred miles, but the country offers so much more than that. At a price of course. 3 years was way too long to be there. The cultural experience was nice, but it put a terrible strain on family life. The oconus marriage survival rate is about 50/50. The girls ( and there are plenty of them) looking for a soldier or sailor will happily overlook his wedding band for a chance at a passport and benefits. Perhaps that is an unfair generalization, but it was what I saw and my marriage was thankfully one of the ones that made it. Enjoy your next duty station wherever it is.

  • This last year was the worst for waiting for new of where and what J would be doing. He was deployed for the year and because of where he is in his career there were a lot of variables. We thought that we’d know something for sure about 3/4 of the way through his deployment but not so. It wasn’t until after he returned and even then not confirmed until about a month ago. I’ve learned the more rank J receives the less control we have as to where we go and that it can change on a dime. Not complaining just the reality.