Finding A New Home
As soon as you have orders in hand for your new assignment, it’s time to start some research! Create an account at AHRN.com and build your profile with new installation and rank to get your new BAH, estimated utilities and matching available housing options.
Your next stop should be to check out your new installation’s housing policy. There are wide differences in who is eligible to live off post based on branch and installation. Don’t sign a lease or put down a deposit until you know where you stand!
PCS Entitlements – The military has created a system of entitlements designed to minimize the financial hardship of service members’ frequent moves, but much of the money from those payments is received after your move as reimbursements. Since receiving your reimbursements depends on submit the right paperwork, it’s a good idea to be familiar with what is available.
What Should You Include In Your PCS Budget – Planning ahead for move-related expenses will help to keep you on track and reduce the financial stress of a military move.
Making The Move
Is A DITY Move For You? – Among the first choices to make is how to transport your household goods. Service members choose between a government procured move or a personally procured move (also called a DITY). It is important to understand the full scope of each option when deciding which is the best option for you.
Move.mil – This is the official DPS portal, where transportation can be scheduled. It is important to check with your Transportation office before you try to schedule on move.mil – some installations will require you to attend an in-person briefing first.
Looking for more PCS information?
From deciding whether to move yourself or do a military move to choosing the best housing option for you, the Single Service Member’s PCS Guide hits the essential questions to prepare single service members for your next PCS.