Essential files vs. Suggestions: An explanation
You may have noticed around our website - and in product descriptions especially - a reference to "essential" files as well as "file suggestions" (or something similar). If you've been confused by this, don't worry! We're here to clarify.
One of the benefits of creating a PCS binder with a List & File set is the mental work - there's almost none! We spent hours of research, outreach, and consideration developing a comprehensive list of vital documents so you don't have to. No more duplicate work recreating your binder every time you PCS, or forgetting important paperwork. Once created, a List & File binder set will track your files (and any new additions) for up to 10 PCS moves.
Half of this comprehensive list is considered "essential" files - a.k.a. the files that come pre-printed on every binder set. These are the files that every single military family will absolutely (or should) have and be tracking. Examples of these files include:
Social security cards
Health insurance (Tricare) policy information
Powers of attorney
Copy of DD Form 93
Life insurance policy information
Tax returns & documents
Copies of LES
Vehicle insurance policies
We've tailored these essential, pre-printed files to the lowest common denominator, making our binder sets as applicable as possible to as many families as possible. So if you are surprised that your set doesn't seem to list a very common file (such as "Marriage license" or "Daycare records"), don't fret! It's very likely that those files are listed on our "Additional Suggestions" insert instead.
Every List & File binder set purchase includes our Additional Suggestions list. This list makes up the other half of the comprehensive list, and includes the files that are very common but do not apply to every military family, as the "essential" files do. It's provided for you as a constant, thorough reference to customize and expand your binder even further. Some examples include:
Estate planning documents
Student loan information
Care package ideas
IEP files, non-standardized test results
As time goes on, files will move in and out of relevance based on your situation (e.g. daycare records, deployment contact info) and some will obviously be updated or replaced (e.g. health records, mortgage/lease agreements, powers of attorney). List & File binder sets allow for all of these changes with their unique checkbox table and "Notes" space. But, as is always a good idea while in military life, be sure to write in pencil when possible! ;)
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