If you are new to the military, then one of the many things you are going to need to learn about is military moving and relocation. In order for the family to stay together, you want your spouse and children to live on or near your base. Not only will all of you be able to make friends and enjoy the tightly knit community environment that comes with living on or near the base, but the spouse who stays behind while the other gets deployed will find that living close or on the base will allow that spouse and the children to not feel so alone and to take advantage of all of the support that is available to them.
Once the decision is made for you to move your family, you are going to want to work things out with the housing office coordinator. There may be housing immediately available for your family on the base, or there may be a waiting list. In the case of a waiting list, you will be able to find a place close by, and more than likely it will be a place that is rented to the military families in the area. There are many resources available to help you through every step of the relocation process, so don't be afraid to ask around.
Once you have a place all set up for your family to move into, you still aren't going to be on your own. You are going to want to get in contact with the transportation office, who will let you know the type of support they can offer to you. They may be able to help take care of the shipping, or the physical moving process. Depending on the amount of belongings you have, they may also advise you to go ahead and ship your belongings to your new location.
Information on relocation
You are also going to want to reach out to the relocation assistance program as soon as you know that you are going to be making the move. This program will be a wealth of knowledge. They can help you out with learning about the schools in the new area; they will educate you about both on- and off-base shopping; they will provide you with information on where you can go to in order to get household goods you may still need; and they will let you know about any employment opportunities in the area for spouses or older children.
For additional information or assistance, call a military relocation real estate specialist.