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Question:
Are my family members expected to obtain special shots and immunizations when we relocate overseas?

Answer:
Family members may require certain shots and/or immunizations when accompanying their sponsor on an overseas assignment. However, specific requirements vary according to the location of the assignment.

Question:
Can my spouse fly on military aircraft when we get ready to relocate to look for a house or job?

Answer:
One dependent is authorized to fly Space Available on military aircraft when accompanying a Uniformed Services member traveling under permissive (Temporary Duty) TDY orders for house hunting incident to a pending Permanent Change of Station (PCS). Refer to DoD 4515.13-R, Air Transportation Eligibility, November 1994, for more information on Space Available Travel.

Question:
What are some of the legal issues I need to be aware of if I have a child while living OCONUS?

Answer:
There are several important things you will need to do if you have a baby while stationed overseas. You will need to get your newborn enrolled in DEERS as soon as possible to ensure continuance of medical care coverage. This will require that you obtain a certificate of live birth from the hospital or birthing center where your baby was born as well as a completed DEERS Enrollment form, DD Form 1172 signed by the newborn’s sponsor. You will also need to register your child with the appropriate U.S. or foreign authorities (in some instances, both). This registration documents the child’s citizenship and will enable you to get your child a passport. The Personnel Detachment office in your military community can assist you in completing the paperwork required to obtain a passport from the servicing American embassy or U.S. consulate. If one or both parents are not U.S. citizens, your home country embassy or consulate authorities should be contacted for guidance on birth registration procedures. You may also need to contact the nearest U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. If applicable, you should also apply for a Social Security number for your newborn.

Question:
What are the eligibility requirements for storing and shipping household goods?

Answer:
A service member is entitled to household goods (HHG) transportation or non-temporary storage (NTS) when the member is ordered to perform a permanent change of station (PCS) move. If the PCS move allows for only a portion of the service member's HHGs to be shipped, the remainder will be placed in permanent storage at the government's expense for the duration of the service member's tour of duty. Authorized weight allowances are based on an individuals rank and whether or not he/she has dependent family members.

Question:
What can the Relocation Readiness program do for me?

Answer:
The Relocation Readiness program offered through the Army Community Service (ACS) center can answer many of the questions you may have about relocating to make your transition to a new community as smooth as possible. They can provide information about housing, schools, cultural differences, etc. There are a number of online resources to assist you when relocating to include the Relocation Readiness program’s website. Additionally, you can visit the Standard Installation Topic Exchange Service (SITES), which is an online Dept. of Defense (DoD) resource that provides a wealth of information on military installations throughout the world. You can also visit the specific installation's website. If you don't know where to find it, check with the official Army website at http://www.army.mil/a-z.htm.

Question:
What is "Spouse Preference" in terms of me seeking employment when my Soldier and I relocate?

Answer:
The intent of the Military Spouse Preference program is to lessen the career interruptions of spouses who relocate with their military sponsors. It gives priority referral and placement to military spouses who accompany their military sponsor on a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move to an active duty assignment. The Military Spouse Preference Program: applies to spouses of active duty military members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard and full-time National Guard, who desire priority consideration for positions at DoD activities in the U.S. and its territories and possessions; applies only within the commuting area of the permanent duty station of the sponsor; applies only if the spouse entered into the marriage with the military sponsor prior to the reporting date to the new duty assignment; does not apply when the sponsor is separating or retiring.

Question:
What is a Do It Yourself Move (DITY)?

Answer:
A Do It Yourself Move (DITY) is a self-movement of household goods that is only authorized for Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves made within the Continental United States (CONUS).

Question:
What is meant by High School Senior Stabilization?

Answer:
Soldiers who have high school seniors that will graduate and wish to stabilize for that purpose must submit requests not later than 12 months prior to the beginning of the school year.

Question:
What is the Army Sponsorship Program?

Answer:
The purpose of the Total Army Sponsorship Program is to assist Soldiers, civilian employees, and families successfully relocate by assigning sponsors to incoming personnel to facilitate the transition. AR 600-8-8, The Total Army Sponsorship Program, outlines the specific requirements and expectations of this program.

Question:
What is the High School Senior Stabilization policy?

Answer:
The High School Senior Stabilization policy applies to Soldiers who have high school seniors that will graduate and wish to remain in their current duty location for that purpose. Soldiers must submit requests not later than 12 months prior to the beginning of the school year. Army Human Resources Command is the approval authority.
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