Hurry Up and Wait

hurry and wait

We’re still waiting for our orders to come in, but to pass the time we’re playing a stress-inducing game I’m sure you’re all familiar with. It’s called Hurry-Up-And-Wait, and I’m pretty sure we’re losing. I don’t know why I’m always surprised by the lack of organization in the military, but these days I’m literally baffled by how difficult they make something as simple as a PCS.

Don’t get me wrong, I know moving—whether CONUS or OCONUS—is far from simple and a lot of work goes into making them happen, but it’s nothing new. People have been PCSing for decades; so you would think there’d be a pretty good system down by now: talk to this person, get in touch with that person, go see him, speak to her, cross this “t,” dot that “I,” and sign on this dotted line. Instead, they make it as difficult by having little to no direction and an ever-changing list of what we need to do to move to the next step.

I’m sure I sound really bitter here, but I’m not…not at this very moment, at least. Whenever we take a step back (after jumping forward two feet, of course), I soak in the frustration and immediately vent to get it out of my system. After my rant is over I realize it’s out of my control and remember to be patient and nice to those who hold our future in our hands.

Besides drinking copious amounts of wine and praying for patience, what are your strategies for beating the hurry-up-and-wait game?

photo by: Robert Couse-Baker

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.

  • doris

    I don’t think you sound bitter at all. You sound like any other person dealing with a PCS. I have had two under my belt and they were both very different experiences. From what I recall because it’s been 4 years now. I do remember we couldn’t really get any real progress on most things without those hard copy orders. But once we did have those in hand it seemed like all the chips fell into place one after the other. So hopefully you get those soon!

    I think your idea of wine drinking is fabulous advice form yourself to yourself! ha. Besides you will be doing lots of that when you get here anyway. Might as well perfect the different ways to hold that glass and a book or doggie leash at your side! lol

    No but really just leave it up to karmic synergy and let the chips fall where they may. Put out those positive PCS thoughts out like “The Secret”. Umh I dunno what I am talking about. But stay strong. Next thing you know you will be ordering some wine,reading and putting your gps or map skills to work. =)