CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FORTE
Did you see it coming? Maybe you’ve done everything you could to get your dream assignment of Germany. It was the top of your dream sheet for awhile, you’ve pulled so many strings that you have no more strings left, perhaps you’ve even used a long unaccompanied tour to get what you’ve wanted: an assignment to Germany!
But now what?
Maybe you hadn’t even thought about Germany before. Maybe you weren’t expecting a new duty station for awhile, much less one overseas.
So now what?
Germany Ja is here for you! Our mission is to turn “Overseas? Yikes!” into “Overseas? YES!” We have tons of information about preparing to PCS, PCSing, getting here, getting set and then loving your new home.
Here are some of the articles we have to help you on your PCS way. If you don’t find the information you need, please ask! You can contact us and our friends on our Q&A Germany Ja Facebook Group or write to us at manager @germanyja.com.
Appliances: What to Bring and What to Leave
Packing for the Long Flight
Tips On Moving Overseas (Includes Packing and Pets)
Tips for Moving with the Military: Things I Wish I’d Known My First PCS
How Not to PCS (Deals with PCSing separately from your Active Duty Spouse)
Filing a Moving Claim Part I
Filing (and Receiving) a Moving Claim Part II
Top 6 PCSing Tips (Including Pets, Cell Phones, Learning German and Studying for the driver’s license test)
Receiving your UB and HHG (Unaccompanied Baggage and House Hold Goods)
PCS with a Twist (A Potluck, Cocktails and Shopping Party to lighten the load before you leave)
PCSing Confessions (Take heart, we’ve all been there!)
The Rotator (A.K.A. Patriot Express, The Flight Over):
Staying in Baltimore before Your Flight Over
Rotator Flight to Germany
Bringing Your Pet:
How to Ship an Unaccompanied Pet
PCSing Our Pet Pooches
A Place to Live:
Getting a House
German Homes vs. American Homes
Getting a USAREUR Drivers License (License for military families in Germany)
International Drivers License (needed to drive outside of Germany)
A Car to Drive:
Shipping Your Car (POV) to Germany
Receiving Your Car (POV) in Germany
Buying a New Car
Adjusting to Germany:
Kids and Jet Lag
Don’t Worry, It’ll Be Okay – German Version
Dear “New To Germany”
Helpful German Phrases: Getting Started
10 Things I Learned AFTER I Got to Germany (Learn them here the easy way instead of waiting to learn them the hard way!)
Once you are here and settled in, please start exploring and enjoying this wonderful opportunity you’ve been given! Go grocery shopping in another country just because you can. Explore Germany each chance you get. Take each long weekend and enjoy a bit of Europe. Need any ideas? That’s also what Germany Ja is here for!
Want to go to the local festival, but would feel more comfortable with some background information? Not sure about schnitzel? Don’t understand why your neighbor’s comforter is having out the window? Wondering about how to celebrate Fasching? Germany Ja has information about German Culture too. Soak it up!
Take a look at the menu tabs up above and see what there is to offer. If you find something else you’d like to share, please contact us so that you can share it with others.