In simple terms, a PCS move is a permanent change of station. A PCS move can be a move between one duty station and another, or between your final duty station and home of record upon retirement and discharge. You will be assigned to a location for at least 20 weeks for training or a job. The usual rotation for receiving PCS orders is every two to four years. Moving is a constant occurrence in the military, and we are here to equip you with the knowledge to make this a smooth process.
There are three types of moves: Personally-Procured Move, Government Contract Move, and the Combination Move.
The Personally-Procured move essentially is you moving your possessions yourself. It's also knows as a DITY move. The government will reimburse you for moving your belongings. Under the PPM Program, you may use your own personal vehicle, a rental, or a borrowed vehicle. You're entitled to travel allowances, per diem, and mileage through the government. You also receive $25,000 of insurance coverage.
-Government Contract Move
Local TMO (Traffic Management Office) will verify your orders and contract a commercial moving company to pack, ship, and unpack your belongings. Combination Move: Can choose to use both the government contract option and the personally procured option. In this scenario, you will arrange for a government contracted commercial mover and have them ship your possessions to your next destination. Then move the rest via the personally procured option.
Be advised that you will need to:
1. Set up a meeting with your base transportation office:
-The Department of Defense: Joint Personal Property Shipping Office
-Air Force: Traffic Management Office
-Army: Installation Transportation Office
-Navy and Marine Corps: Personal Property Shipping Office
-Coast Guard: Household Goods Shipping Office
2. Contact the family center at your new location. Family centers offer relocation assistance programs that offer relocation assistance programs that provide moving information to you and your family.
3. If you're living in government quarters, notify the housing office of your projected move date.
4. Make an appointment with your finance office at your current installation. The finance office can give you information on your options, as well as relocation benefits that you're eligible for.