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Military life is difficult for a variety of reasons. A Permanent Change of Station, or PCS is a euphemism for the military mandating a relocation to a different base for its members. This happens quite frequently and with less warning than a regular move. It is a regular part of being in the military, however, and you should expect that every few years you will be moved to another base. Here are some things to remember if you are in the Canadian Forces and have a prospective PCS.

The social aspect

It is important to inform your friends and family about your PCS as soon as possible, since the timeframe for moving is quicker than normal and necessarily done on your own terms. This can be especially difficult for children of military families so take time to comfort your kids and prepare them for the life change that they will have to experience with you.

Try to keep in touch with the friends you are likely to leave behind. Goodbye does not have to really mean goodbye in an age where the internet helps keep so many people connected. It’s important to keep that in mind when moving. Remind your friends and family of this fact when you relocate and make sure to make good on the promise of keeping in touch.


There are several avenues in place to make a military relocation as easy for you as possible. The Brookfield Global Relocation Service website can help guide you in a variety of ways.

Here you can get in contact with the appropriate superiors in your transportation office and ask them any questions about your move. There may be financial aid and benefits to explore depending on your particular branch of the Canadian Forces.

Additionally, remember that selling your home is part of the relocation process and that if you spend some time on it, you can profit a bit from your sale. The aforementioned Brookfield website will also help you list and sell your home as a military member.

Government reimbursements

The government should cover some of your moving expenses but it will not cover them all. You are responsible for your own move and you also must do your own research to find out what moving services your branch of the military covers. It is a good idea to list all the moving expenses in two columns: one that you know will be covered by the military, and one that you believe you will have to pay for yourself.

Once you move in to your new base, remember that there also may be new advantages like daycare or other aides for you to explore and make the transition easier for you and your family.

Remember that it’s okay to ask a lot of questions, and don't be afraid to ask for help or guidance. There will be people willing and able to aid you both financially and emotionally when dealing with a PCS. Military life can be difficult but the Canadian Forces also take care of their members and will aid you in the process of moving to your new base.

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on June 23, 2014 - Moving Expert
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