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If you decide to relocate at a future date, consult the Family Center nearest to your location and see you are eligible for assistance. They are a great source of relocation information and planning assistance. Other useful resources include local chambers of commerce, libraries, bookstores, and the Internet. Use them to find out what you need in order to make informed moving decisions.
Other resource available to you is the “Plan My Move” website. You can visit the Military OnceSource website or call the Military OneSource Call Center at 1-800-342-9647. The Call Center services are available 24/7 for Guard and Reserve personnel for up to six months after demobilization/deactivation.
Family Centers can refer you to offices, programs, and services that may be of assistance as you prepare to leave the military. Examples include the Relocation Assistance Program (RAP), the Personal Financial Management Program, Information and Referral, Spouse Employment Assistance Program, and the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).
The term “Family Centers” is used here to refer to the following Service-specific entities:
- Army: Army Community Service Center
- Air Force: Airman & Family Readiness Center
- Navy: Fleet and Family Support Center
- Marine Corps: Marine and Family Services
See section C to learn about communities where you might like to live; take advantage of the information and referrals available through Relocation Assistance Program.
Chambers of Commerce
Many communities across America have chambers of commerce. Each chamber of commerce promotes its community and is a good source of information about the surrounding area: the local job market, housing costs, local realtors, cost of living, local taxes, climate, schools and availability of recreation or child care. Ask for the chamber’s booklet – much like the relocation packet you received about a new installation when you changed stations.
Find any Chamber of Commerce office in the nation.
Libraries and Bookstores
Each of the Service Library Programs provides electronic content through their respective portals (Navy/Marines NKO; Army AKO; Air Force Portal). The electronic content provides information on relocating, career opportunities, and educational opportunities. If you are not able to access these sites, check out your local library. They will have a wealth of information that can assist you.
The reference section of your nearest installation library ,public library or bookstore may offer atlases, maps, and geographical information that provide useful information. Tour books and guides in the travel section may provide insights into the community you may someday call home. Military libraries and public libraries also have many other free resources. Libraries also offer customer use computers which can help you keep up to date on the latest news in your new community, apply for a job, check your e-mail, or just chat with friends.
Tip: Visit the Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) office at your Family Center as soon as you know your departure date. RAP staff will make you a “smart consumer.” They will tell you the questions you need to ask so you can get the most out of your move.