Programs and Services
If a permanent change of station, or PCS, is in your future, you may have questions about moving. As part of the Military and Family Support Center, the Relocation Assistance Program provides services and resources to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Here’s what they offer:
- Individual PCS planning — Most relocation programs offer one-on-one consultation. In particular, those making their first military move, those making their first overseas move or those with challenging or complex situations should contact the relocation assistance office.
- MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Plan My Move — For managing and planning your move, you may want to take advantage of these DoD-sponsored online relocation tools. You can estimate expenses, locate forms for housing and property shipments, and create a moving calendar.
- Loan closet — Where available, loan closets offer basic household goods while your personal property is in transit. Typical items include pots and pans, dishes, silverware, irons, ironing boards and infant or toddler car seats. Generally, towels and bed linens are not available, so these should be packed in your express shipment.
- Workshops and briefings — Workshops vary from installation to installation, but you may find classes on purchasing real estate and renting, budgeting and finance, moving with children or general moving preparation.
- Pre-departure briefings — These briefings may be called Smooth Move or PCS Briefing, and they provide essential information to prevent you from making uninformed and costly decisions before your move.
- Settling-in services — Welcome wagon services, local area tours (with child care sometimes provided), or basic household items to use until your goods arrive may be a part of your installation’s settling-in services. Overseas arrival services may include introductory language classes and cultural awareness training.
- Foreign-born spouse support — Whether your question concerns immigration and naturalization, learning the English language or how to use local transportation, the relocation program provides assistance, classes and referrals.
- Emergency assistance — From time to time, emergencies occur while moving. The Relocation Assistance Program office has the resources to provide emergency financial assistance and referrals.
Installation Specific Information
Army Community Service (ACS) welcomes you to the United States Army Garrison Bavaria - Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks. We would like to invite you to our Newcomers' Orientations "Welcome To Bavaria", "Discover Your Neighborhood", "Bavarian Nights" and "German as a Second Language" classes to make the transition as smooth as possible. Join us and make new friends while learning about the area and picking up some Survival German Culture, Customs and Language Skills. Orientations ease the transition and introduce participants to the German culture, language, military life in USAREUR, and answer any questions pertaining to the local area. Stop in at our office at Tower Barracks (Grafenwoehr) Bldg. 244, or Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Bldg 322 and find out, which of the many programs is for you. Please visit us on Facebook.
The Relocation Readiness Program (RRP) offers a variety of services to aid soldiers and families in the process of transition. Welcome packets are available for in office viewing on virtually every Department of Defense installation in the world. Information provided shows an overview on your next duty station, living accommodations, facility programs and cultural highlights will ease your transition.
The Lending Closet offers a variety of basic household items such as pots and pans, dishes, silverware, portacribs, high chairs, strollers and small electric appliances, such as Microwave, Toaster, Coffee Maker and more. Generally, towels and bed linens are not available, so these should be packed in your hold baggage.
All separating and retiring military personnel are required by law to attend a Pre-Separation Briefing presented by SFLTAP (Soldier For Life Transition Assistance Program). Separating Soldiers and their spouses may attend once they are within one year of separation. In addition, we provide transition assistance, such as career guidance, counseling, instruction on job search techniques and resume preparation.
For more information or to answer some of your relocation questions, please contact your ACS.
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