Millington, Tennessee - Planning ahead can be one of the biggest stress relievers when it comes to a permanent change of station (PCS) move, Fleet and Family Service Center (FFSC) officials said today.

"Preparation, communication and family involvement are keys to a less stressful PCS move," said Diane Brown, Work and Family Life specialist, Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC).

Sailors can use the "Plan my Move" tool on the Military OneSource website at www.militaryonesource.mil to organize their move. It provides a three-month calendar of steps a Sailor needs to take to ensure a smooth move.

Brown says sponsors can also help reduce a Sailor's stress by finding answers ahead of time to any questions they have about their new location. Sailors who have not been assigned a sponsor should contact their gaining unit, or they can request one on the Military OneSource website with the Electronic Sponsorship Application and Training tool.

Sailors should also visit their local FFSC and meet with a Relocation Assistance Program specialist, then attend a Smooth Move class or Moving Overseas workshop to learn the basics about a PCS move and how to start the process.

"It doesn't matter whether it's their first or fifth move," Brown said. "Things change and one should be aware of those changes."

Other helpful websites include:

Housing Early Application Tool (HEAT) - https://www.dko.mil/heat/apply
Housing Service Center locator - www.cnic.navy.mil/HousingQuickReference
Schedule your PCS move - www.move.mil