Making a move, either local or long distance is never easy. But if you are a member of the military, it can be even more difficult when you consider adding more stress to your already busy life. However, if the government says a military move is necessary, you know you must heed the call of duty.
Often times, a member of the military will perform what is called a dity move, or a do it yourself move. These types of relocation are voluntary in nature, and allow the person to move at their own expense, and then be reimbursed. The Government Constructed Cost of this military move is the total amount the government would pay to move the military member or family members. This would include moving personal property and is often based on an authorized weight. You are eligible if you make a permanent change of station (PCS), temporary duty (TDY), or temporary additional duty (TAD) move, or separate, retire and move to or from government quarters under orders. With any military move, it’s essential to have a plan, complete with a comprehensive checklist, in order to help make the shift a success.
Familiarize yourself with both local and national long distance moving companies. Early on, determine what your options are regarding methods of moving and storing your goods. It will be in your best interest to understand which packing and shipping methods are right for you such as using moving pods and pods storage facilities. Understand the costs involved as each company sets their own prices for services for pods moving and storing.
Under the DITY program, you may use your own vehicle, a rental, or a borrowed vehicle. You’re entitled to some travel allowances, per diem and mileage, reimbursed by the government. You may also receive $25,000 of insurance coverage. An advance monetary allowance for your move can be paid under certain circumstances. Be sure to check with your transportation office representative for more details on these benefits.
To figure out the costs associated with a military move, use a dity move calculator. If you plan to use a long distance moving company, be sure to discuss all costs up front so there are no surprises later. With any dity move, it’s always a good idea to keep a thorough inventory of the goods and furniture that are moving. This will not only give you peace of mind as you pack but it will also make your life easier when the time comes time to store or unpack.
The military family center at your duty relocation can provide assistance and military move information to all military families.