Planning for Your Car When You PCS to Germany

The seven-part series of posts I wrote for the Automated Housing Referral Network are gradually going live. Each week, AHRN publishes another post on their blog about how to budget for an overseas PCS in the military. The fourth post in the series is all about how to plan and budget … Continue reading

The PCS to Bavaria: Things Are Looking Up

By the time this post publishes, we’ll be in our new home in our new duty station in Bavarian Germany. I’ve written before that our PCS orders were kicked back 10 times, and that the 10th rejection occurred on the same day that I went into labor with our daughter. … Continue reading

13 Tips for a Successful PCS Part 1

Thank you to Melody from Global Family Treks for sharing these tips on Marrying the Army. Melody is a friend and a retired Naval officer who’s now married to an Army officer. Her suggestions come from 20+ years of experience with military relocations, so I’m glad to share her experience … Continue reading

Waiting for Orders


Here at Marrying the Army I make it part of my mission and my promise to my readers that I’ll embrace life as an Army spouse. Sometimes that’s easy to do, but sometimes it’s not. I’m going through one of those times when embracing the Army lifestyle is a bigger … Continue reading

Every 12 Months

Understanding the PCS Military families PCS (“Permanent Change of Station” or, in civilian terms, “move”) approximately every three years. Air Force families tend to PCS a little less frequently, while Army families tend to PCS a little more frequently. The stage of a service member’s career can influence PCS frequency, … Continue reading

What Army Life is Really Like: 4 States, 2 Countries, & 1 Decision in 4 Minutes

What Army Life is Really Like: Decisions

I wrote a blog post once about what deployment is really like. In that post, I talked a little bit about the contrast between civilian and military life. Friday, I had another “We’re not civilians, anymore” moment when I got a mid-day call from my husband. Before I tell you … Continue reading

DIY Throw Rugs & Stool

Military families move frequently. Since April 2011, my husband and I have made a total of four moves (two together, one for me, one for him), not including his deployment in 2012. Each time we PCS, we want to make our new place feel like home, but we’re also a … Continue reading

The Inspired Spouse: Alyson Schumacher (Part 2)

Yesterday on Marrying the Army, I introduced Alyson Schumacher, who was working on her master’s degree at Hunter College in New York City when 9/11 happened. Her husband — who was living 40 miles away from the Pentagon on at Quantico then — was deployed as part of the Initial Invasion … Continue reading

You’ll Have to Read this One to Believe It

You really wouldn’t believe the day we had today. If you’re pressed for time, skip the next four paragraphs (to the place where it says “***the good stuff***”) to get to the good stuff. ***setting the scene*** Our day began at 6:30 a.m., when we woke up in sleeping bags … Continue reading

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