How to Settle in After a Military Move

by Dusty Rhodes on Aug 30, 2016  in 
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Being in any branch of the military requires a lot of flexibility and sacrifice by many people. Spouses, children, pets, and friends are often effected in some way.  This certainly applies to the military moving process just as much as anything else. It’s not only the actual move itself, but also settling in after a military move that any family has to get used to. Listed below are tips to help any military family settle into their new environment and atmosphere after the actual relocation process is complete and a new address is established. 

Get to Know Your Neighbors-  A big part of any move is establishing a new and strong support system, while meeting new people. Getting to know the neighbors and the surrounding members of the community will allow you to build relationships while familiarizing yourself with the layout of your new area. Neighbors and community members will know where to eat, where to shop, where to get gas, etc. Friendships and relationships make the process easier and more enjoyable for everyone. 

Comfort and Communicate with the Kids- Many things can go through a youngster’s mind after a moving transition. Where am I going to school? Will I make new friends?  This are just two important questions that may pop into any child's head when trying to settle down after a change of residence is made. Always communicate with your kids, allowing them to be a part of the decision making process whenever possible. Keep them active and involved in as many activities as you can. All of this will keep your children busy, getting them acclimated to their new surroundings while they are making new friends. 

Try To Find a Military Support Group- In any situation, finding someone or a group of people that has already been there and done that will make any situation easier to handle. Find other military personnel in your area if possible, asking them questions about how they got acclimated to the area. Take their positive experiences and implement them into your plan of action, and learn from any negative experiences that may be given to you.

Find a Job/Hobby- A big part of adjusting to any situation is finding positive and productive ways to stay busy. If you are capable of finding a job, or have a hobby, continue to do it. This will be a positive way to pass the time, while possibly building new relationships with co-workers or with people who have the same interest as you.    

We appreciate all of our service men and service women for all of their sacrifice, time, energy, and effort they put forth for our country. We would not be the country we are today without the continuous acts of courage our military members show on a daily basis. We want to do everything within our power to show our gratitude and appreciation for everything you do. We hope that these tips will help you adjust and adapt to your new location.  If you would like any additional moving or storage information, please browse through our other Blogs.

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