Check the "Useful Links" section on this page for more in-depth information
If possible conduct your house hunting prior to your arrival. It may save you time.
Check online at: www.militarybyowner.com
Remain in contact with your sponsor.
Attend the Monthly Newcomer Orientation brief
Contact the Family Readiness Officer.
Submit for an official passport if you don’t currently have one.
Traditional vs Non-Traditional Installation
SOUTHCOM is a non-traditional installation. Listed below are some items that you will NOT find available on the compound or local areas:
The MARFORSOUTH and SOUTHCOM area does not offer “traditional” military housing or Barracks.
You will need to find a place to live.
When looking for a place you may want to keep the following in mind:
If you have children, check out the schools. (Welcome Aboard guide has additional information)
While a place may look close to MARFORSOUTH, the commute times can be very deceiving due to traffic. (Ask your sponsor and check the Sun Pass website)
Check the toll routes around MARFORSOUTH as this is an additional expense.
Make contact with your military sponsor to see if there are areas that may be more populated with military personnel - example: Pembroke Pines area of Broward.
Links for great information on schools are:
CDC will provide referrals for home care centers and can provide a list of emergency child care providers.
Check out www.sittercity.com and www.care.com for Nanny’s and night nurses.
CDC provides baby-sitting training/certification and referrals as well as resources for single parents.
CYS/CDC Contact # 305-437-2633
Transportation and Driving
Unless you are PCSing from a large city, expect your auto insurance premium to increase. South Florida auto insurance rates tend to be higher than other large cities. In some cases it may double!
Prior to PCSing, contact your auto insurance company and find out what you may be expected to pay and if you can keep your current plates once you arrive.
Depending on personnel strength, the U.S. Army SOUTHCOM clinic will provide support to all Military spouses and select Retirees for routine primary care. When you arrive, the U.S. Army clinic personnel will give you an update on availability, or if you prefer, you may contact the clinic prior to your arrival.
Transfer your TRICARE coverage to TRICARE South Region. The easiest way is to call and let your current region know you are transferring.
The U.S. Army Clinic does not have a TRICARE Representative on its staff. Although, as mentioned above, clinic personnel will provide the following assistance when you arrive:
Take care of all your routine and acute care.
Take care of your primary care manager (PCM) needs.
Manage you specialty referrals.
There is no commissary in the area. Many of the large grocery stores have “discount cards.” It is highly recommended that you take advantage of their programs to save money when checking out and at the pump.
It is highly recommended that you purchase all your required uniform items at your current duty station prior to you move.
For more information, refer to the Welcome Aboard Guide under the "Useful Links" posted on this page.