Moving can be an incredibly stressful time for anyone, and when the move is mandatory for a job the pressure is really on.
A Permanent Change of Station (PCS) includes any move mandated by the military from the first active post to a move back home after active duty. Often there isn’t a lot of time for service members and their families to investigate their options so here are a few tips to make sure you have a stress free move.
How does the government assist with the moving process?
Although moving can be confusing and expensive, the military offers numerous services to help ease the burden. Below is a list of different reimbursements the government offers to individuals and families facing a PCS.
Feeling Brave? Try a Do It Yourself Move
The government also offers a program to individuals and families known as a DITY move where the military will pay a flat percentage of estimated moving costs. With advanced planning and military discounts some can lower their costs enough to even make money off their move.
Simply put, you must notify your current officers and decide on a moving strategy, pack your belongings, move, unpack, and file for reimbursement. That said, a DITY move can be stressful and time consuming if you are really focused on gaining a profit and isn’t for the faint of heart.
If you are interested in investigating a DITY move, check out our previous article on Doing it yourself. A rough economy and a push from the military are making DITY moves more popular than ever, and there is a lot of information and online communities dedicated to making the most of military discounts along the way.
The most important thing with any type of move is to always start as early as possible and take advantage of any services the military offers. Military.com has compiled a very useful checklist for the PCS process starting three months in advance.
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