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Relocation Readiness Program

ACS Center

Let us help you make a smooth move and navigate the relocation process.  Your Army Community Service (ACS) Relocation Readiness Program is ready to help, whether it’s your first move or last of many.  Our services are geared towards newcomers, multicultural individuals, transitioning individuals (ETS, PCS, Retirement) and spouses who are in the Fort Carson area as part of unaccompanied assignment (includes TDY's and deployments).

 

Clearing Stamps for ACS, AER & EFMP

How to clear ACS, AER, & EFMP

It's easy to preclear or clear ACS, Army Emergency Relief (AER), and the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).  Download the below forms; you are required to complete either 2 or 3 forms.  Upon receipt & confirmation of the appropriate forms, Relocation staff will email you back a memorandum to provide to CAPS with your clearing paperwork.  The memorandum expires in 6 months.  If you are ETSing or medically retiring, the memorandum expires in 30 days.  For questions, call +1(719)526-1053.

Email filled out forms to usarmy.carson.imcom-fmwrc.list.dfmwr-w-acs-relo-readiness@mail.mil.    

Getting your clearing paperwork from CAPS
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Download and fill out the Clearing Papers Request Form.  The form provides guidance on what documents are required and where items need to be emailed to.  Depending on the type of transition, either:

  • download the checklist & fact sheet (CONUS/Stateside or OCONUS/Overseas) or
  • complete the transition brief (ETS or retirement).  These are located on the left side of the DHR webpage

Soldiers and Spouses are highly encouraged to review the information on the DHR webpage.  Clearing papers are issued by CAPS, located in the Mountain Soldier Center, Bldg. 1525.

 

ETSing

Preparing to ETS

Career Skills Program (CSP):  Programs vary from welding to IT Server & Cloud Administration to VA Comps Claim to CDL to Diesel Technician.  Information sessions available on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. at the SFL-TAP Center, Bldg. 6237.  For details, call +1(719)526-1197 or email at usarmy.carson.imcom-central.mbx.dhr-mpd-csp@mail.mil.

Clearing ACS:  See the above header, "Clearing Stamps for ACS, AER, & EFMP".

ETS 101:  Request a one-on-one appointment with our ACS Relocation Specialist.  Having someone to discuss those key areas which can affect your transition can make all the difference; e.g., where to live, schools for kids, transitioning from TRICARE.  Spouses are encouraged to attend. 

MilSpouse Money Mission:  Helping military spouses make a successful transition out of the Army.

Relocation Packet:  Want information on your next location, request a Relocation ETS Packet.  Let us help.  Items range from Fodor's Travel Guides to Installation Specific Booklets to Road Atlases.  

Relocating with Kids:  Parents, we have various materials to assist.  If you have a school aged child, we encourage you to contact the School Support Services, Bldg. 1518, to speak with the School Liasion Officers, +1(719)526-1101.

Shipping Personal Items:  Do not wait, start the process as soon as possible.

Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP)

Traveling with Pets:  We’ll assist you with ins and outs of traveling with pets.

TRICARE:  Assistance during separation process.

Veterans Affairs (VA)

 

National Guard

Making the Transition

Benefits Guide for Service Members and Families:  Need to know informaiton.

Service Providers:  Find one near you (ex:  Family Support Center, Transition Coordinator, Family Assistance Specialist).

Transitioning from Active Duty to National Guard:  Starting the process.

 

PCSing Overseas - OCONUS

Europe

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) Level One Training:  Required for all Soldiers and their dependents 14 years of age or older going overseas.  

Clearing ACS:  See the above header, "Clearing Stamps for ACS, AER, & EFMP".

Destination Overseas:  Request a one-on-one appointment to get a better idea of what to expect in Europe.  Our Relocation Specialist will focus on those key areas which are needed to have a successful move.  Specific information on your next assignment is provided.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.  

Family Travel (Official):  For details, call +1(719)526-8435.  For questions related to EFMP screenings, call +1(719)526-0400.  Depending on assignment; dental screenings are also required for dependents.

Foreign Language Programs:  Military OneSource offers more than 70 different language with Mango.  Depending on where you are going, it's a great time to start learning German, French, Italian or Spanish.  For details, call +1(800)342-9647

MilSpouse Money Mission:  Helping military spouses PCS.

Newcomers Information:  Take advantage and get ready for your European adventure.

Fort Carson Resources

  • Request a Relocation Packet:  Get materials on your next duty station.  Items range from Fodor's Travel Guides to Installation Specific Booklets to Road Atlases.  Packets are available for in-person pickup only.

Additional Resources

  • Driving in Europe:  Get ready for the autobahn by practicing the driving test online and reviewing the study guide. 
  • Europe Family & MWR:  Check out what is available.
  • Germany "Just Landed" Magazine:  Get a wide variety of essential information ranging from European banking to bill paying and utilities to finding a car or home.  If you are a parent, learn about DODDs-Europe, German schools and daycare options.
  • MilitaryINSTALLATIONS:  Your up-to-date website on your next PCS location.  Offers articles, photos, major unit listings and contacts for programs and services.
  • Stripes Europe:  PCS information specific to European locations.
  • United States Army Europe (USAREUR):  Information on life in Europe.

PCS 101:  Request a one-on-one appointment to get ready to PCS for the first time or maybe you just need a refresher.  You'll learn the basics of the PCS process at Fort Carson, as well as receive information on what the requirements are prior to the PCS move; what to expect when traveling; and what to expect for the first 30 days after arrival to your new location.  Spouses are encouraged to attend. 

Relocating with Kids:  Parents, we have various materials to assist.  If you have a school aged child, we encourage you to contact the School Support Services, Bldg. 1518, to speak with the School Liasion Officers, +1(719)526-1101.

Retention of Family Housing:  If your Family resides on Fort Carson and they will be staying on Fort Carson during your assignment (unaccompanied), you are required to turn in a Retention of Family Housing Request Form for approval.   The form is available under the Move-Out Forms subheader.

Shipping your Vehicle Overseas:  If you are authorized to ship 1 vehicle, your Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) will be out of Dallas, Texas or St. Louis, Missouri.  It is encouraged you visit www.pcsmypov.com.

Traveling with Pets:  All expenses and verification of Pet Space with the airline is the responsibility of Soldier.  When booking your official airline tickets, let the office know that you have a pet(s), the size of the carrier, and weight of carrier and pet together; they will request space but you must verify Pet Space with the airline.

Fort Carson Resources

Airline Information

Unaccompanied or Family is not going to the next duty station:  Receive outreach services, to include liaison support from the Relocation Specialist; special events for spouses and children; resources and materials, to include separation anxiety dolls.

Hawaii

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) Level One Training:  Required for all Soldiers and their dependents 14 years of age or older going overseas.  

Clearing ACS:  See the above header, "Clearing Stamps for ACS, AER, & EFMP".

Destination Overseas:  Request a one-on-one appointment to get a better idea of what to expect when going to Hawaii.  Our Relocation Specialist will focus on those key areas which are needed to have a successful move.  Specific information on your next assignment is provided.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.  

Family Travel (Official):  For details, call +1(719)526-8435.  For questions related to EFMP screenings, call +1(719)526-0400.  Depending on assignment; dental screenings are also required for dependents.

MilSpouse Money Mission:  Helping military spouses PCS.

Newcomers Information:  Take advantage and get ready for your Hawaiian adventure.

Fort Carson Resources

  • Request a Relocation Packet:  Get materials on your next duty station.  Items range from Fodor's Travel Guides to Installation Specific Booklets to Road Atlases.  Packets are available for in-person pickup only.

Additional Resources

PCS 101:  Request a one-on-one appointment to get ready to PCS for the first time or maybe you just need a refresher.  You'll learn the basics of the PCS process at Fort Carson, as well as receive information on what the requirements are prior to the PCS move; what to expect when traveling; and what to expect for the first 30 days after arrival to your new location.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Relocating with Kids:  Parents, we have various materials to assist.  If you have a school aged child, we encourage you to contact the School Support Services, Bldg. 1518, to speak with the School Liasion Officers, +1(719)526-1101.

Retention of Family Housing:  If your Family resides on Fort Carson and they will be staying on Fort Carson during your assignment (unaccompanied), you are required to turn in a Retention of Family Housing Request Form for approval.   The form is available under the Move-Out Forms subheader.

Shipping your Vehicle Overseas:  If you are authorized to ship 1 vehicle, your Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) will be out of Dallas, Texas or St. Louis, Missouri.  It is encouraged you visit www.pcsmypov.com.

Traveling with Pets:  All expenses and verification of Pet Space with the airline is the responsibility of Soldier.  When booking your official airline tickets, let the office know that you have a pet(s), the size of the carrier, and weight of carrier and pet together; they will request space but you must verify Pet Space with the airline.

Fort Carson Resources

Additional Resources

Airline Information

Unaccompanied or Family is not going to the next duty station:  Receive outreach services, to include liaison support from the Relocation Specialist; special events for spouses and children; resources and materials, as well as separation anxiety dolls.

Japan

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) Level One Training:  Required for all Soldiers and their dependents 14 years of age or older going overseas.  

Clearing ACS:  See the above header, "Clearing Stamps for ACS, AER, & EFMP".

Destination Overseas:  Request a one-on-one appointment to get a better idea of what to expect when going to Japan.  Our Relocation Specialist will focus on those key areas which are needed to have a successful move.  Specific information on your next assignment will be provided.  Spouse are encouraged to attend.  

Family Travel (Official):  For details, call +1(719)526-8435.  For questions related to EFMP screenings, call +1(719)526-0400.  Depending on assignment; dental screenings are also required for dependents.

Foreign Languages:  Military OneSource offers more than 70 different language with Mango.  It's a great time to start learning Japanese, or maybe there's another language you would like to learn.  For details, call +1(800)342-9647

MilSpouse Money Mission:  Helping military spouses PCS.

Newcomers Information:  Take advantage and get ready for your adventure in Japan.

Fort Carson Resources

  • Request a Relocation Packet:  Get materials on your next duty station.  Items range from Fodor's Travel Guides to Installation Specific Booklets to Road Atlases.  Packets are available for in-person pickup only.

Additional Resources

PCS 101:  Request a one-on-one appointment to get ready to PCS for the first time or maybe you just need a refresher.  You'll learn the basics of the PCS process at Fort Carson, as well as receive information on what the requirements are prior to the PCS move; what to expect when traveling; and what to expect for the first 30 days after arrival to your new location.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Relocating with Kids:  Parents, we have various materials to assist.  If you have a school aged child, we encourage you to contact the School Support Services, Bldg. 1518, to speak with the School Liasion Officers, +1(719)526-1101.

Retention of Family Housing:  If your Family resides on Fort Carson and they will be staying on Fort Carson during your assignment (unaccompanied), you are required to turn in a Retention of Family Housing Request Form for approval.   The form is available under the Move-Out Forms subheader.

Shipping your Vehicle Overseas:  If you are authorized to ship 1 vehicle, your Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) will be out of Dallas, Texas or St. Louis, Missouri.  It is encouraged you visit www.pcsmypov.com.

Traveling with Pets:  All expenses and verification of Pet Space with the airline is the responsibility of Soldier.  When booking your official airline tickets, let the office know that you have a pet(s), the size of the carrier, and weight of carrier and pet together; they will request space but you must verify Pet Space with the airline.

Fort Carson Resources

Additional Resources

Airline Information

Unaccompanied or Family is not going to the next duty station:  Receive outreach services, to include liaison support from the Relocation Specialist; special events for spouses and children; resources and materials, as well as separation anxiety dolls.

Other Overseas Assignments

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP) Level One Training:  Required for all Soldiers and their dependents 14 years of age or older going overseas.  

Clearing ACS:  See the above header, "Clearing Stamps for ACS, AER, & EFMP".

Destination Overseas:  Request a one-on-one appointment to get a better idea of what to expect when going to an overseas assignment.  Our Relocation Specialist will focus on those key areas which are needed to have a successful move.  Specific information on your next assignment will be provided.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Family Travel (Official):  For details, call +1(719)526-8435.  For questions related to EFMP screenings, call +1(719)526-0400.  Depending on assignment; dental screenings are also required for dependents.

Foreign Language:  Military OneSource offers more than 70 different language with Mango.  Depending on where you are going, it's a great time to start learning Spanish, Korean, or any of the other available languages.  For details, call +1(800)342-9647

Installation Information:  MilitaryINSTALLATIONS offers up-to-date information on your next pcs location.  Provides articles, photos, major unit listings and contacts for programs and services.

MilSpouse Money Mission:  Helping military spouses PCS.

Newcomers Information:  Take advantage and get ready for your European adventure.

Fort Carson Resources

  • Request a Relocation Packet:  Get materials on your next duty station.  Items range from Fodor's Travel Guides to Installation Specific Booklets to Road Atlases.  Packets are available for in-person pickup only.

Additional Resources

PCS 101:  Request a one-on-one appointment to get ready to PCS for the first time or maybe you just need a refresher.  You'll learn the basics of the PCS process at Fort Carson, as well as receive information on what the requirements are prior to the PCS move; what to expect when traveling; and what to expect for the first 30 days after arrival to your new location.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Relocating with Kids:  Parents, we have various materials to assist.  If you have a school aged child, we encourage you to contact the School Support Services, Bldg. 1518, to speak with the School Liasion Officers, +1(719)526-1101.

Retention of Family Housing:  If your Family resides on Fort Carson and they will be staying on Fort Carson during your assignment (unaccompanied), you are required to turn in a Retention of Family Housing Request Form for approval.   The form is available under the Move-Out Forms subheader.

Shipping your Vehicle Overseas:  If you are authorized to ship 1 vehicle, your Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) will be out of Dallas, Texas or St. Louis, Missouri.  It is encouraged you visit www.pcsmypov.com.

Traveling with Pets:  All expenses and verification of Pet Space with the airline is the responsibility of Soldier.  When booking your official airline tickets, let the office know that you have a pet(s), the size of the carrier, and weight of carrier and pet together; they will request space but you must verify Pet Space with the airline.

Fort Carson Resources

Airline Information

Unaccompanied or Family is not going to the next duty station:  Receive outreach services, to include liaison support from the Relocation Specialist; special events for spouses and children; resources and materials, as well as separation anxiety dolls.

Unaccompanied Spouses - Waiting Families Program

 

Waiting Families is for or any Spouse and or Family Member (must be 18 years of age) which is not able to travel with their Soldier due to an unaccompanied tour or other extenuating circumstances (ex: TDY, deployment, etc).  It provides support which ranges from special events to follow-up phone calls to see how enrollees are doing.

In addition, it provides participants with a liaison to keep them connected with the nearest installation to where they are living.  Enrollees are also able to connect with other Families to grow their support systems which can make all of the difference. 

 

PCSing Stateside - CONUS

Stateside Assignments

Clearing ACS:  See the above header, "Clearing Stamps for ACS, AER, & EFMP".

Geographically Seperated Families: If you have or are a geographically seperated Spouse and or Family, we encourage you to enroll into the Waiting Families Program. Our Relocation Specialist acts as a liaison to keep them connected with the nearest installation to where they are living. Enrollees are also able to connect with other Families to grow their support systems which can make all of the difference. 

Receive outreach services, to include liaison support from the Relocation Specialist; special events for spouses and children; resources and materials, to include separation anxiety dolls.

Installation Information:  MilitaryINSTALLATIONS offers up-to-date information on your next duty station ranging from photos to major unit listings to specific contact details.

Leave Extension:  Save the Army Travel Assistance Center to your cell phone. If you are uanble to make it to your next duty station by your report date, it is critical notification is made. Call +1(800)582-5552 and your new assignment's Replacement Center.

Military Interstate Compact: Educational opportunities for military children.

MilSpouse Money Mission:  Helping military spouses PCS.

Newcomers Information:  Be proactive and get information on your next duty station by requesting a stateside PCS relocation packet. Items range from Fodor's Travel Guides to installation specific booklets to Road Atlases. Additional resources include:

PCS 101:  Request a one-on-one appointment to get ready to PCS for the first time or maybe you just need a refresher.  You'll learn the basics of the PCS process at Fort Carson, as well as receive information on what the requirements are prior to the PCS move; what to expect when traveling; and what to expect for the first 30 days after arrival to your new location.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Relocation Counseling:  Do you have questions?  Not sure where to start?  Schedule a one-on-one appointment.  Whether it's you first move or one of many, it's always helpful to have someone go over those key areas that can affect your transition.  Our staff is ready to assist you with information and resources that will lessen those stressors.

Relocating with Kids:  Parents, we have various materials to assist.  If you have a school aged child, we encourage you to contact the School Support Services, Bldg. 1518, to speak with the School Liasion Officers, +1(719)526-1101.

Traveling with Pets: If you have any specific questions, start by calling the Fort Carson Veterinary Clinic at +1(719)526-3803. For airline information, visit:

Unaccompanied or Family is not going to the next duty station:  Receive outreach services, to include liaison support from the Relocation Specialist; special events for spouses and children; resources and materials, to include separation anxiety dolls.

 

Recruiting

Transitioning to Recruiting

Family Services - Support Programs:  Get information on services ranging from Family Advocacy to Family Readiness Groups to TRICARE and Financial Asssitance.

Leasing a Home:  Finding a home during your recruiting assignment.

Newcomers information:  Seperated by BDE's/Battalions:

  • 1st Recruiting BDE - Albany, Baltimore, Richmond, Harrisburg, Mid-Atlantic, New England, New York City and Syracuse
  • 2nd Recruiting BDE - Atlanta, Columbia, Jacksonville, Miami, Montgomery, Raleigh, Tampa, and Baton Rouge
  • 3rd Recruiting BDE - Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Great Lakes, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Nashville
  • 5th Recruiting BDE - Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and Phoenix
  • 6th Recruiting BDE - Central California, Los Angeles, Portland, Northern California, Salt Lake City, Southern California, and Seattle
  • Medical Recruiting BDE - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th Medical Recruiting Battalion

Private Fitness Facility Membership Program:  Fees covered up to $50, depending on assignment location.

YMCA Gym Membership Program:  At no cost, depending on assignment location. 

 

Retiring

Preparing to Retire

Career Skills Program (CSP):  Programs vary from welding to IT Server & Cloud Administration to VA Comps Claim to CDL to Diesel Technician.  Information sessions available on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. at the SFL-TAP Center, Bldg. 6237.  For details, call +1(719)526-1197 or email at usarmy.carson.imcom-central.mbx.dhr-mpd-csp@mail.mil.

Clearing ACS:  See the above header, "Clearing Stamps for ACS, AER, & EFMP".

Going Overseas:  If you are going overseas after you retire and need information on your location, request a one-one appointment.  Our Relocation Specialist will provide you with an idea of what to expect.  Topics are focused on those key areas which are needed to have a successful move.  Specific information on your next location is provided.

Medical Records:  Request archived medical records.

MilSpouse Money Mission:  Helping military spouses make a successful transition out of the Army.

Relocation Counseling:  Request a one-on-one appointment.  Our Relocation Specialist can assist with your relocation and retirement questions and or concerns; or maybe you are unsure how to start.

Relocation Packet:  Want information on your next location?  If so, let us help.  Items range from Fodor's Travel Guides to Installation Specific Booklets to Road Atlases.  Packets must be picked up in person.

Relocating with Kids:  Parents, we have various materials to assist.  If you have a school aged child, we encourage you to contact the School Support Services, Bldg. 1518, to speak with the School Liasion Officers, +1(719)526-1101.

Retirement Services Office (RSO)

Shipping Personal Items:  Do not wait, start the process as soon as possible.

Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP)

Traveling with Pets:  We’ll assist you with ins and outs of traveling with pets.

TRICARE:  Assistance during retirement process.

Veterans Affairs (VA) Disability: Fort Carson office.

 

Veterans Resources

Staying in Colorado

Legal Clinic:  Meet with an attorney free of charge and get information on topics such as veteran’s resources, benefits, taxes, housing and family law.  Available on 4th Tuesday of the from noon to 3 p.m. in the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom VA Outpatient Clinic Mt. Yale  Conference room.  Provided by the CBA Military & Veterans’ Affairs Section.  Come early; clinic will close early if no one is here waiting to be seen.

Operation TBI Freedom:  Non-profit located in Colorado Springs which offers case
management services throughout Colorado.  Services vary from crisis management to employment training to assistance navigating complex benefits system.  For details, call +1(855)355-6824 or email OTF@craighospital.org.

Troops to Teachers:  Teaching in Colorado.

 

Relocation Readiness Program

For Pickup at ACS Center, Bldg. 1526
What Relocation Offers Overall

Centralized Relocation Readiness Program services.

Multicultural Services

  • Everyday English Course
  • Immigration assistance and classes
  • Meet-Up Groups for German, Latino and Multicultural
  • Multicultural assessment appointments
  • Naturalization ceremonies
  • Office on the Go Services
  • Referrals for English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • S-1 Naturalization Training
  • Tranlation referrals

Newcomers Services

  • Homebuyer's Workshop
  • Loan Closet is not available at Fort Carson. To find a list of area thrift stores, type thrift shops in the Enter Keyword search box for the 211 website. Specific resources on Fort Carson indude:
  • Mountain Post Welcome Meet & Greet
  • Newcomer's Information and Resources
  • Office on the Go Services
  • Relocation Counseling for Newcomers
  • Welcome Packets

Transitioning Services

 

Professional Development Series: LinkedIn Fundamentals

Dec 3 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Professional Development Series: LinkedIn Fundamentals

Dec 3 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Toddler Time

Dec 3 9:30 am - 11 am
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Center on Fathering

Dec 3 1 pm - 3 pm
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TSP Class

Dec 3 1 pm - 2 pm

Play Group

Dec 4 10 am - 12 pm
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EFMP 101

We Know The System. We Can Help.

Dec 7 9 am - 10 am
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Employment Readiness Orientation

Dec 7 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Class

Dec 8 9 am - 12 pm

Everyday English for Foreign Born Spouses

Dec 8 9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Infant Massage & Baby Nurturing

Create strong bonds & increase communication between baby & parent.

Dec 8 9:30 am - 11 am
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Infant Massage & Baby Nurturing

Create strong bonds & increase communication between baby & parent.

Dec 8 9:30 am - 11 am