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Marine Corps Considers Allowing Homesteading - Is the PCS Going Away?

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Hey there, fellow military spouses!

If you're anything like me, you've probably been following the news lately, especially when it comes to the Federal Government's quest to trim down the budget. It's hard to miss all the talk about potential cuts, especially when it directly affects our lives as military families. In fact, the buzz about budget cuts has been circulating in my small military circle of friends since the beginning of this year. But here's the kicker – I've got a few ideas up my sleeve on how the military can save some serious money. And guess what? I recently stumbled upon a story about the Marine Corps considering one of my ideas – "homesteading."

Now, let's get one thing straight: I didn't exactly send a memo to the General with my money-saving tips (though that would have been pretty cool). But it was still quite a moment to see that we were kind of on the same page, even if it was just a coincidence. In my head, I couldn't help but think, "You know, T (that's me talking to myself), if we could extend our stay at a location for six years instead of the usual three, we could save a boatload of cash! And hey, there'd probably be more trucks available to help other service members move around."

Anyway, enough of that, let's get into my thoughts on the benefits of homesteading.

The Budget Cut Conundrum

Budget cuts have been a hot topic in the military world, and honestly, it's not surprising. In times of economic uncertainty, every branch of the military starts looking for ways to tighten the belt without compromising on their mission. As military spouses, we're intimately familiar with the ebb and flow of military life, and budget concerns are nothing new.

The 'Homesteading' Idea

So, what's this 'homesteading' idea that's got me all excited? Well, it's not exactly a new concept, but it's gaining traction as a potential money-saving strategy. The basic idea is simple: instead of moving military families every three years like clockwork, why not let them stay at a duty station for six years or longer? It's a bit like putting down roots, and it could lead to some significant savings.

The Money-Saving Magic

Let's break down how 'homesteading' could work its money-saving magic:

1. Reduced Relocation Costs: Moving military families is a costly affair. By allowing families to stay put for a more extended period, we can significantly reduce the expenses associated with relocation. Fewer moving trucks, less paperwork, and less stress for all involved.

2. Improved Stability: Military families are no strangers to change, but having a more extended stay at one duty station can provide a sense of stability. This stability can lead to increased morale and, ultimately, better performance from our service members.

3. Enhanced Community Building: Longer stays mean more time to establish strong, supportive communities on base. This can lead to improved quality of life for military families and greater cohesion within units.

4. Cost-Efficient Infrastructure: Maintaining and building base infrastructure is expensive. With longer stays, we can maximize the use of existing facilities, reducing the need for constant construction and renovation.

Overcoming Challenges

Of course, like any good idea, 'homesteading' comes with its own set of challenges. It might require adjustments to the way the military plans rotations and deployments, and there are logistical hurdles to consider. But, as military spouses, we're no strangers to adaptability and problem-solving, right?

A Step Towards a More Cost-Efficient Future

As the Marine Corps explores the possibility of 'homesteading,' it's a promising step towards a more cost-efficient future for the military. While we may not have sent our budget-cutting suggestions directly to the top brass, it's reassuring to see that our ideas align with efforts to make the most of every dollar in the military budget.


So, there you have it, fellow military spouses! While we may not be the ones drafting military budgets, we can still play a part in shaping the future of military life. 'Homesteading' is just one of many innovative ideas that could help our beloved service members do their jobs effectively while saving money in the process.

As we continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape of military life, let's keep those creative ideas flowing. Who knows, maybe the next big cost-saving strategy will come from one of us!

Is the PCS going away?


One big reason why the PCS is never going away is readiness. It's essential to military life. We all have to be ready to move. Hmesteading sounded good in my head, but that's not who we are.


Photo by Mike van Schoonderwalt

Topics: PCS homesteading military budget budget cuts military savings military families relocation costs community building.



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5/24/2024 9:26:42 AM