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Ask An Army Spouse: PCS Move to Germany

Moving to Germany While He’s Deployed

My soldier and I got married on R&R; he is deployed to Afghanistan and will be returning to his duty station in Germany in November. We just found out that we got housing on base. I want to get there at least a month to get the housing set up for Homecoming.

I was wondering if that was even possible for a spouse to do that without their sponsor there. And also, if it is possible, how I would go about doing it? What would I need to do once I get to the base? I’m sure I would be informed of this once they know I’ll be there prior to Homecoming but I don’t want to look like a fool.


It’s possible for you to go before he returns. However, it’s dependent on a few things.

One, you need command sponsorship. This will include getting a passport and an EFMP exam.

Two, if you aren’t included in his orders, the Army won’t pay for your move to Germany. You’ll have to foot the bill for your flight and move any belongings (this assumes he moved belongings when he moved).

You can contact the FRG in Germany, the transportation office at the nearest post, and/or the housing office in Germany for specific information.

Command Sponsorship in Germany

I have some concerns. My husband has been stationed in Baumholder, Germany for over 1 year and we started the paperwork for me to get over here in February.

Now it’s the end of July, and we just received the EFMP stamp approval. The next thing is that I’m currently in Baumholder visiting and I am wondering if with me being present will everything else such as getting housing and the command sponsorship move faster than they already have.

Also, I have read some of the other posts and noticed that a “no fee passport” has been mentioned a few times. Since I already have a passport, is that still an issue for me?

He is also scheduled to go to the field pretty soon, so with him gone is that going to hold the process up any longer? I really would like things to move along now since I’m nearing the time when I won’t be able to travel anymore due to my pregnancy.

The no-fee passport allows you to travel on military orders at the expense of the military. As you are aware, it is not generally valid for tourist travel (though I do know a few who have somehow used it for that as well – I wouldn’t advise it).

Your husband would need to go to his command and complete all of the paperwork for your command sponsorship to be approved. It may very well go through more quickly because you are there though it shouldn’t have taken a year for this to be approved.

Here’s another document on command sponsorship as well.

Timeline for Moving to Germany

Ok, my husband is currently in Germany. We were married on November 13th, and he left a week later. I already have had the physical and all my papers have been submitted to EFMP, I have my military id card, does anyone know how long it usually will take for them to cut a soldier’s orders to come home to get his spouse and move his belongings?

The entire process is generally 4-6 weeks which includes all of the paperwork and the processing that has to take place.

However, he may not necessarily be able to return to travel back to Germany with you. In all likelihood, you will travel alone and meet him in Germany since he is already there.

EFMP Exam for Germany

I am married, and my husband is in Germany. Can I still go over to Germany with him even when I have Epilepsy? I take meds to control the seizures. Or will he have to come back to the states? He is really getting down about this I am starting to worry about him

To be able to go to Germany with him, you will need to take an EFMP exam. This just determines if Germany has the medical facilities available to treat your condition and any complications that may arise from it.

If they do not, many times, orders will be changed to a duty station that can handle your medical situation. He needs to speak with his chain of command if you are not approved.

Passport for PCSing to Germany

Okay, so I am VERY new to being a military wife. My husband came home from AIT a few months ago, & is now stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany. He moved there in July. We got married when he was home after AIT.

We are really on top of paperwork & getting me out there. I have contacted someone for getting my overseas screening paperwork filled out. I got it last week & sent it & should be there today. I am already enrolled in DEERS & have my military ID (we took care of it in June).

Also, I was told I needed to have a passport, so instead of waiting for the Army to take care of it, I went to the Post Office & had it expedited to me. So now I have that already.

Once the lady receives my EFMP paperwork/ overseas screening packet etc. What happens next? I was told it is sent to somebody in Europe. Then my husband receives command sponsor orders, sets up a date for the movers to come & buys my plane ticket. Am I missing any checkpoints I have to do? I’d appreciate the help since I’d like to get things rolling asap!

Did you get a no-fee passport or a tourist passport? You will need the no-fee to travel on military orders, and you will need a tourist passport for any leisure travel once you arrive.

Other than that, it sounds like you are on top of things. Hopefully, the sponsorship will go through quickly, and you can join your husband. Good luck!

Moving to Germany Before a Deployment

My husband is currently stationed in Vilseck, Germany. In April, I was supposed to move with him, and I decided to back out.

He is going to be deployed in a few weeks. Is it still too late for our daughter and me to move, and will the army help us with the expenses? If we still could move… what would my husband need to do about getting us there ASAP?

You will need to check with the transportation office about arranging the move for you. You will also need to ensure you and your daughter have EFMP exams and get no-fee passports before traveling to Germany.

The transportation office should be able to tell you everything you will need to do. Regarding getting there before he deploys, it depends on how much prep work you already have done.

I know some who have been able to make it work very quickly, whereas, with others, it took more than a month.

My FIANCE is Being Stationed in Germany

Hi, my boyfriend is in basic for infantry. They told him he will be stationed in Germany! So we were going to get engaged within the next year or so. I will move where his base was then get married whenever (hadn’t planned that part yet). But everything is a little confusing now that he is going to Germany instead of staying in the USA. 

I have no idea how I would move there or if I even should, plus I have 2 cats, and I’m guessing they don’t let cats in the houses/apartments on base. Any suggestions, advice, or how-to-dos would be appreciated.


To move to an overseas post, you will need command sponsorship. For Germany, this is a fairly simple process.

You will need an EFMP physical to ensure that the medical facilities available in Germany can handle any medical issues that you may have. You will also need to apply for a no-fee passport. This may take a few weeks to receive – it seems to vary how long it takes to receive it.

Since you will be getting married after he has already moved to Germany, you won’t be included in his orders. Therefore, you will be responsible for your travel arrangements and moving expenses to Germany.

When the next move comes around, and you are on his orders, the Army will cover the costs of the move.

Other things to consider include getting your military ID after getting married and enrolling in Tricare. It sounds overwhelming, but it really isn’t that bad.

You will be allowed to take your pets with you as the Army typically allows two pets to live in on post housing (with certain breed restrictions). As far as I can find, no quarantine is required for taking pets into Germany, but they must be up to date on all shots, including rabies.

Good luck with it all!

Marrying a Soldier Stationed in Germany

I have a few questions…..Ok, well, let me start off with my fiancé is in basic training and will be done at the end of April.

After graduation, he will get to come home for about 2 weeks. After those 2 weeks, he will be stationed in Germany for 2 years. We plan to get married when he returns for those 2 weeks. Okay, my question is, will his pay increase when we are married?

I’m currently still in high school. I don’t plan to go to Germany with him until I graduate. Can I wait until I graduate to move with him to Germany? And around what time should we start the paperwork for me to move to Germany with him if I want to leave right after graduation?

What will I need to have and do before then? Basically, I want all the paperwork done by June so I can leave for Germany as soon as possible!

We are both of legal age – I’m 18, and he’s 18 going on 19 in June and we are sure about getting married and me moving with him anywhere he goes if the army allows me to do so. 



To go to Germany with him, you will need command sponsorship. For Germany, this is not very difficult to obtain.

The biggest consideration will be how much time he has left in Germany when you want to join him. I would allow an absolute minimum of a month to get all the paperwork together so you can move with him.

Also, if you were not originally on his orders to go to Germany, the Army will not pay for you to go to Germany (in almost all cases). You will need to plan for this to cover any expenses associated with the move.

When you are married, his base pay does not increase. However, he does become eligible for either a housing allowance or housing on post.

If you choose to stay in the states and he lives in the barracks or housing in Germany, it would be up to his commander whether he is granted geographical bachelor status, which would enable him to have his housing paid for there and allow him to receive a housing allowance for you back in the states.

Married soldiers are also granted BAS, which is basically a food allowance.

Good luck with finishing high school and the move.

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Stacey Abler
Stacey's husband joined the Army in 2003 and was medically retired after four deployments. She enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise around Army life while continuing to support Army spouses and families in their military journey.

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  1. Hi
    So my husband is currently stationed in Vilseck, Germany. he will be there for another 2 years. we got married Sept 18, 2015 and it’s been 5 months that we have been waiting for me to move over seas. I have completed all of my paper work to move over seas with him. The army kind of messed up the paper work and had me going back and forth to the Lemoore Naval Base about 3 times to get 3 papers completed. I just completed the last paper about 2 1/2-3 weeks ago. We are now waiting for his main Sgt. to sign the paperwork so I can be on my husbands orders. I am supposed to be there by April and it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen. I’m just wondering why our paper work is taking so long, and was also told it only takes up to 6mos to move overseas and in my case I might be waiting for who knows how long. does anyone have any info on why this is taking so long? anything helps!! thank you so much

    1. Have you gotten a reply on your question? My situation is pretty much like yours. I am getting married in October and my husband is being transferred to Vilseck, Germany in November. I am currently not on his orders because we are not married yet. Will I be able to be put on his orders once we are married and he is already in Vilseck? How long do we have to wait for family housing? Can he apply for that now before he goes? When will I be able to join him? Will the Army pay for shipping all our stuff once we are married and he’s already there?

  2. If I decided to stay in the US while my husband was stationed in Germany. Would I still be able to move with him in a later time? This is my first time and got scare I also was concern over the treatments my son will get while overseas since he has to see a specialist. my husband will be in Germany for 3 years. He been in Germany for almost 3 months. Is it still possible to make the move?

  3. Any advice and help is greatly appreciated!!

    My fiancée is stationed in Germany and we would like to get married and me moved over there as soon as possible. I wasn’t on his orders so I understand he will need to get command sponsorship for me.

    If we get married in the states and I fly back with him to Germany, can he start that process when he is back on base? Or does he need to begin the sponsorship process before the marriage? Would I be able to do the physical on his base or does that need to be done in the states?

    Thank you in advance for your insight!

  4. My husband is in Baumholder , Germany and I plan to fly out there instead of waiting for command sponsorship. I see I need a no fee passport and a screening but would I be able to get all that done and finish command sponsorship there within the 90 days they allow you to stay?

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