The quickness with which everything happened last week has been replaced with the Army's typical absolute lack of efficiency. In the Army, before you get your actual paper orders and get the ball rolling with regard to movers, plane tickets, school records, breaking leases, and the like, you get an RFO: Request For Orders. MacGyver's RFO showed up with lightning speed and he had it in hand the day we found out we were moving. However, there's not much you can DO with an RFO other than plan.
And we all know how well that works out, don't we?
In direct contrast to the speed with which the RFO was received, the orders are slow in coming. In addition to the RFO, the soldier has to attend a levy brief, detailing the minutiae of said move (weight limits, travel expenses/reimbursements, timelines, etc.). MacGyver had his today and we expected (stop laughing) that he would receive his orders at that point, thereby starting the fun that is a PCS.
No dice. 1-2 weeks.
1-2 WEEKS before he has orders in hand. Keep in mind we're supposed to be off this island by 1AUG. Today is 5JUL. That means that we have 3 weeks and 6 days (5, actually, because today is pretty much over) to get this move put together. That includes:
* scheduling packers
* scheduling travel
* shipping a vehicle
* breaking our lease (I am sure my landlord is going to be THRILLED)
* wrangling school and medical records together
* getting rid of all of the crap we don't need
* cleaning the house
* saying goodbye to friends
* clearing (supposedly they give soldiers 10 days to do this...not sure where we're supposed to shoe-horn that in)
Of the 9 items listed above, only 3 can be done without those orders in hand. You do the math - it's not going to work. You cannot get blood from a turnip. And CIF is closed on weekends.
This is going to be FUN. Gotta love the Army.