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PCSing Overseas

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM
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Since being married our family has never PCSed overseas. DH had some hardship tours while we were dating, but we've never done it as a family..... We got stuck in Hood, FLW, Hood, FLW, Hood pattern o.O Yes it sucked. I can handle stateside PCSs like a pro, I have system that has seemed to work well in the past. But I don't really think its going to work this time around.

So to the meat of the post. Should the stars align today and branch make some allowances our family is going internation, BUT it happening much sooner than expected. We thought we would leave next Christmas break, but DH will be leaving early summer. I know that we'll get a packet and informtion, but since we're at naval base and DH is Army I wanted to get a jump on anything that I can, not all of the paperwork and proceedures are the same. So I am open to any and all advice on PCSing overseas. From packing, to scheduling EFMP appointments.... all of it.

Ready. Set. Go.

by on Feb. 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM
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gunsgirl
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

do the overseas screening/EFMP screening ASAP. for the army and navy it is all one thing done at the same time- they will to send your info to the gaining command for approval- this can take from 2 6 weeks depending on where your going.

Once you have hard copy orders- get your no fee passports done ASAP- every dependent will need one- even the kids.

if you want to travel while over seas you will need tourist passports -- again for every one- both passports can take 2-8 weeks to process.

if you have pets-  find out what you need to do for the host country. Quarantine shots ect.

also the cost to get them overseas will be out of pocket 

more in a min gotta run.

ok, you can also send an express shipment- this is about 1,000 lbs of small HHG's that you can send ahead- things like pack and plays, small TV, play station, toys, bedding, pots and pans, clothes ect. Basic things you may need when you first arrive.

there are only a few places that have wieght limits and auto limits- where are you trying to go?

 

 

jas_momof2
by アニメの雌犬 on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM
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What gg said...  However, I wanted to warn you that there have been instances (like mine) where the  express HHG shipment did NOT arrive earlier than the rest of the stuff.  So be prepared.  It takes a good month to get overseas and is rarely early but sometimes late.

Most overseas locations have lending closets where you can borrow furniture, pots and pans and other items (especially if you're going to a weight restricted country) until yours arrives.

.oOMellyOo.
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Thank you!!! If the stars align we will be headed to Korea. :)

So other than getting the pets ready I'm kinda in a holding pattern until the hard copy orders and packet come down. 

The only one that will be in a rush will be DH. He will go ahead of me and the kids. We're going to take a summer vaca to visit grandparents and we'll be flying a few weeks before school starts. Again if branch is kind and make for some allowances. 

Quoting gunsgirl:

do the overseas screening/EFMP screening ASAP. for the army and navy it is all one thing done at the same time- they will to send your info to the gaining command for approval- this can take from 2 6 weeks depending on where your going. 

Once you have hard copy orders- get your no fee passports done ASAP- every dependent will need one- even the kids.

if you want to travel while over seas you will need tourist passports -- again for every one- both passports can take 2-8 weeks to process.

if you have pets-  find out what you need to do for the host country. Quarantine shots ect.

also the cost to get them overseas will be out of pocket 

more in a min gotta run.

ok, you can also send an express shipment- this is about 1,000 lbs of small HHG's that you can send ahead- things like pack and plays, small TV, play station, toys, bedding, pots and pans, clothes ect. Basic things you may need when you first arrive.

there are only a few places that have wieght limits and auto limits- where are you trying to go?




gunsgirl
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

what kind of allowances are you looking for? And where is Korea?

.oOMellyOo.
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:24 AM

That had to have sucked donkey balls! We're hoping for DH to be there about 2 months before us. But the lending closet is a nice thing to know about!

I'm in my "pre PCS purge" right now. We are going to have a yard sale to end all yard sales and whats left I'm taking to the mission!  Hopefully I can scale back all of my crap. 

Quoting jas_momof2:

What gg said...  However, I wanted to warn you that there have been instances (like mine) where the  express HHG shipment did NOT arrive earlier than the rest of the stuff.  So be prepared.  It takes a good month to get overseas and is rarely early but sometimes late.

Most overseas locations have lending closets where you can borrow furniture, pots and pans and other items (especially if you're going to a weight restricted country) until yours arrives.


.oOMellyOo.
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Branch will need to approve him to push ILE to the right. He would be assigned to Camp Stanley.

Quoting gunsgirl:

what kind of allowances are you looking for? And where is Korea?


.oOMellyOo.
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

O.o I should explain further. He has been asked to take a tech escort command and then move to staff in a KD slot. THEN come home and do ILE.  

Quoting .oOMellyOo.:

Branch will need to approve him to push ILE to the right. He would be assigned to Camp Stanley.

Quoting gunsgirl:

what kind of allowances are you looking for? And where is Korea?



jas_momof2
by アニメの雌犬 on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

ABC / XYZ that makes no sense to an AF brat...  ;)

Quoting .oOMellyOo.:

O.o I should explain further. He has been asked to take a tech escort command and then move to staff in a KD slot. THEN come home and do ILE.  

Quoting .oOMellyOo.:

Branch will need to approve him to push ILE to the right. He would be assigned to Camp Stanley.

Quoting gunsgirl:

what kind of allowances are you looking for? And where is Korea?





gunsgirl
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM

 I know a lot of Acronyms- but that is complete jibberish to a Coastie spouse :)

Quoting .oOMellyOo.:

O.o I should explain further. He has been asked to take a tech escort command and then move to staff in a KD slot. THEN come home and do ILE.  

Quoting .oOMellyOo.:

Branch will need to approve him to push ILE to the right. He would be assigned to Camp Stanley.

Quoting gunsgirl:

what kind of allowances are you looking for? And where is Korea?



 

.oOMellyOo.
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM

HAHA sorry :X I remember when it was all alphabet soup!

Tech Escort is a Chemical Command. This particular command is ran by an O-4 rather than an O-3. KD is Key Developed meaning he's had time in rank. This would be a staff position probably in the S-shop ( paper work ever where!) ILE is Intermediate Leadership Education. (yet another schooling fun time will be had by all! ... not) 

Quoting jas_momof2:

ABC / XYZ that makes no sense to an AF brat...  ;)

Quoting .oOMellyOo.:

O.o I should explain further. He has been asked to take a tech escort command and then move to staff in a KD slot. THEN come home and do ILE.  

Quoting .oOMellyOo.:

Branch will need to approve him to push ILE to the right. He would be assigned to Camp Stanley.

Quoting gunsgirl:

what kind of allowances are you looking for? And where is Korea?





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