Military Kids on the Move, Again

Child, Youth and School Services at Fort Drum, N.Y., spent months planning special events to show their appreciation to the military children in their community. U.S. Army photo

I was poking around on the website, Military Youth on the Move, checking out tips to help military children deal with circumstances that many of their classmates or friends may never experience. It is an opportunity, even for adults, to understand the military child’s unique experiences. Here are a few things I pulled from the website.

Ever think about what it’s like for military children to move  or PCS (Permanent Change of Station) every few years? Here’s the perspective of an elementary child.

“It’s almost like if you don’t come home the first day at your new school with at least 5 friends you’re going to have to wear a big sign with “Reject” written on it. But it’s not that way at all!!”
Leah, age 9

Imagine being a teenager who has attended 10 different schools. This is from the site’s section of high school students.

“I had a really hard time moving this time. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t moved before, this is like the 10th new school for me. But this time, it was harder to make friends and really hard to leave my old friends. I ended up talking to my counselor about my classes and then I just lost it and told her how I just didn’t think I could do my junior and senior year here. Can you believe they have a support group for military kids at this school because there’s so many of us? We even got training on how to help other kids who move here. Very cool.”
Keisha, age 16

Some of the military children find positives in their mobile lifestyle. This is from the middle school section.

“Skateboarding, snowboarding, surfboarding. In that order. That’s what I did at the last three bases. I’m happy to report that I’m always ‘board.'”
Jeremy, 12

There’s a section just for parents with tips on how to handle another move to how to give yourself a break.

The latest military family information and research will be presented at The 2011 Family Resilience Conference that starts Wednesday (27 April 2011). Many of the will be streamed live here.

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5 Responses

  1. I can understand moving for an advancement in rank or career moves. Just like the “real” world. But if there is not going to be a change in rank and military people are being moved just to move them…WHY!
    Isn’t cohesiveness and or order lost by moving personnel around. Isn’t uprooting family putting unnecessary stress on personnel and their family? Is moving them cost effective? Are they given choices or options?
    I guess this got me full of questions.
    These would have been good for a “what do I want to know about the military” question piece.

    • Hey harold! I read your question, gave it some thought, asked my husband and father etc. Bottom line is there seem to be many reasons for pcsing, they don’t want people to homestead, they do it to keep things fair ( ie you aren’t stuck in a less than desireable location). I am a military brat I am almost 28 an have moved more than 30 times. Growing up we were labeled high risk kid in school bc of the moves however a were always well adjusts an never struggled to make friends. It would most certainly cost less to no move troops however there are undoubtedly reasons. In the past there were attempts at lengthening the duration of a tour and it varies by branch, some tours are 4 years and some are closed to two.

  2. Sorry for the typos I did it on my phone and it autocorrects lol

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