Called PCS’ing in the Marine Corps world. Moving can be overwhelming, especially when the Marine Corps has families move roughly every three years. There are some ways that you can make a little extra money. 12 week countdown list, 2 month countdown list , and a 30 day countdown list and another 30 day list here. Finally, here’s another great article to prepare for the big day.
Before you move, it’s always a good idea to take pictures of everything or video tape your belongings in every room for insurance reasons. If something gets destroyed or damaged during the moving process, you have evidence of the original shape of belongings before things were moved. Check out these moving tips from other military wives.
How to Get Started on Your Marine Corps Move
- Visit Move.mil If you don’t have a login, you will need one created. There are a few things you need to know before you try and start this process.
- Use the latest versions of Internet Explorer ONLY. No Chrome, Firefox, etc.
- Do not use a MAC
- When entering your orders into the system, put the zoom on 150% otherwise you may not be able to enter your current and future duty stations. My computer kept locking up on me and the helpline relayed this is the way to fix it.
- When entering your shipment into the system, put the zoom of 100% otherwise you won’t be able to click OK for your current and future addresses.
- If you are having problems online, you may go directly into DMO and use their computers and ask questions to start this process. No appointment is needed, just show up during working hours.
- Click on DOD Service Members and Civilians (dark pink box) to get some good “before you start” information.
- Click on DPS Login prompts and accept the agreement.
- Click on the Red Box “To Begin Self Counseling Click Here”
- Under the counseling menu on the left, click on “Customer Profile” and make sure all your information is correct.
- Then click on “My Orders” Web Orders are the same as Hard Orders. If you’re like me, I was very confused with the difference between Hard and Web Orders.
- Order Number: Put in the number shown at the Customer Identification Code (middle, left side)
- Order Date: Date listed in the top box.
- Issuing Orders: The unit where you are currently stationed, is the issuer.
- Finish filling out all the necessary information. If you want to do a partial DiTy (highly recommended) then call your local DMO (formerly known as TMO office after submitting the paperwork).
DiTy Move (Now called PPM: Personal Procured Move)
This means that you are packing and moving yourself. Families without a lot of stuff or single Marines typically like this program. Most families with a lot of furniture, children, or goods who have tried the DiTy move regret the experience. You must be approved through TMO beforehand.
You can load up your possessions either in your personal car or rented vehicle. Weigh the vehicle empty at a certified weigh station, drive the vehicle to your destination, then simply have the car weighed again with all your belongings and voila … submit some forms and get money for moving your things! You must get approval through TMO beforehand.
This is what most people choose to do when moving—it’s great to have movers come in, pack your things, load the truck and drive off. Some people are worried about specific items that are valuable or irreplaceable. There’s another option and a way for you to make some extra money in the process. That is called a “partial DiTy move.”
It’s Your Move: Determine your maximum entitlement.
Food, Drinks, or Tipping the Movers and Packers?
The Marine Corps TMO page states: “There are no requirements to provode food or beverages to the movers. You may choose to offer the moving crew food or non-alcoholic beverages, it is not required. Tipping the movers for their services is neither suggested nor recommended”. I like to keep a cooler full of gatoraide, water, and sodas for the movers. It is much appreciated by them and I’ve found they go out of their way to help you with your move. I also buy lunch and ask first before buying a pizza. Sometimes a subway sandwich is a nice change of pace for them.
Waiting for Base Housing
If you are currently on the list for base housing and nothing is available for you, the government will pay to move your goods out to your temporary destination. Once you are assigned goverment quarters, the military will move you again to get on base. Note, breaking your lease to move onto base housing is not a valid reason. You will be responsible for any fines or rent due according to the lease you signed.
Military Housing Forms for PCS’ing
If you want to get into base housing, you will need to turn in some forms. While you can get put on the advanced housing waiting list, you ultimately will not be put into rotation until your Marine checks in for duty. If there is housing available, you will receive a home. If not, you will get put onto a waiting list and will have to find alternative arrangements until a house becomes available. If housing is not available, the Marine Corps will move you for FREE through TMO onto your base home.
You are required to have the following:
DD Form 1746 (Application for Assignment to Housing)
A copy of orders showing your detachment dates
Certification of bona fide family members. Examples of acceptable forms of documentation are the Emergency Data Application (page 2), here’s a blank RED (Record of Emergency Data) but you will need to get your proper one, or a copy of DEER’s enrollment (here’s a blank Uniformed Services ID Card Application so you can see the difference).
Sex Offender Information Sheet (some bases require it and others don’t)
Money Provided for Moving (PCS Allowances and Entitlements)
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
When you are in transit and have moved out of goverment quarters, you will receive BAH from your former duty station until you check into your new duty station. Once you are checked in to the new duty station, your BAH will adjust higher or lower depending on the allowance you qualify for. If you live out in town, you are already receiving BAH and will adjust once you check in to your new duty station.
Dislocation Allowance (DLA)
Is intended to help with miscellaneous moving costs. In general, it is paid once per PCS move. DLA is available CONUS and OCONUS. It is based on your rank and dependent status. DLA is not available from home to your first duty station; when assigned to government quarters, without family members, at new duty station; when transferred to a nearby duty station, unless a local move of household goods
has been pre-authorized; and when separating or retiring from the military.
DLA is NOT PAID on the last move. DLA is not paid on a local move, unless movement of household goods has been authorized. DLA is not paid if the service member is assigned to government quarters at the new duty station and is not accompanied by family members.
Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation (MALT) “mileage”
Is the amount paid when a member and/or the member’s family drive to their new duty station, based on the Official Military Table of Distances. MALT is available CONUS and OCONUS. It is figured on a table of miles times the number of travelers and approval is needed before MALT can be paid for more than 2 vehicles. May be advanced at 80% before the move, and is paid by travel voucher.
Move-In Housing Allowance (MIHA)
Is designed to reimburse you for overseas costs associated with living in privately-owned or privately-leased quarters. It addresses 3 specific needs: one-time rent-related expenses, modification of homes for security protection and the initial cost of making a home habitable. The State Department determines whether a location is ”high threat”. This is available OCONUS only. MIHA rates change with currency rates and location so see your base relocation manager.
Per Diem Allowance
Is designed to reimburse you and your family for the costs associated with meals and lodging when you travel to your new duty station. Per Diem is available for both CONUS and OCONUS moves. Per diem rates for car travel are based on a flat rate. The military uses 350 miles per day as the standard one-day travel distance to compute per diem rates. To determine the number of days per diem, take the Official Government Mileage between duty stations and divide by 350. An additional day of travel is allowed if the remainder is 51 miles or more.
Per diem rates vary by age. Each family member is entitled to a different percentage of the applicable per diem rate on the days they are eligible. The total per diem reimbursement on your move is the sum of the allowable per diem for each family member.
Service Member — 100% of rate
Spouse–75% of rate
Children over 12–75% of rate
Children under 12–50% of rate
DO NOT CONFUSE PER DIEM WITH TDY TRAVEL WHICH IS BASED ON LOCATION.
Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA)
Is designed to partly offset the cost of temporary housing and meals incurred while waiting for permanent lodging. TLA is available OCONUS only. TLA is calculated according to a formula that factors in the military member’s pay grade, number of family members, actual quarters cost, the availability of cooking facilities and the local per diem rate. TLA starts the same date as the member’s overseas housing allowance and usually has a 60 day maximum when arriving and a 10 day maximum when departing an installation.
In calculating the TLA, a single Service member is entitled to up to 65% of either the cost of meals and incidental expenses or the local per diem rate. A Service member and one family member are entitled to up to 100% of the local per diem rate. Add another 25% for each additional family member under 12 and 35% for each family member 12 and over.
Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE)
Is designed to partly reimburse relocating members and families for the cost of meals and lodging incurred when temporary housing is needed. TLE is CONUS only. The formula used to calculate TLE includes member’s pay grade, number of family members, actual quarters cost, availability of cooking facilities and the local per diem rate.
The maximum TLE rate is $180.00 per day. The maximum amount of time you can claim TLE is up to 10 days for CONUS to CONUS moves and up to 5 days for CONUS to OCONUS moves. Ask your family center relocation manager for help in figuring out your TLE.
PCS Travel Advances
When making a PCS move, Service members can request advance payment of 80% of the DLA, MALT, and per diem amounts. The remainder will be paid upon processing of the travel voucher filed after the move is completed. This money does not have to be repaid, if the proper paperwork is completed. It can go a long way toward paying the initial cost of setting up household in the new location.
Advances may typically be requested ten days before signing out of the losing unit. The funds will be deposited into the Service member’s checking account, so do not close the account when leaving the installation.
If an advance is not requested, entitlements will be paid after completing the move and filing the travel voucher, and payment can take several weeks.
If absolutely necessary, Service members can receive an advance of basic pay, overseas housing allowance, and basic allowance for housing when making a PCS move. Keep in mind that all of these advances are simply an interest-free loan and are repaid by deductions from pay. Repayment can create an additional financial burden just after the PCS move, at a time when finances are already stressed. Therefore, the use of advance pay is not encouraged unless circumstances require it.
Advance Basic Pay
Is an interest-free loan you can get when you make a permanent change of station move. The collateral is your military salary and you repay advance basic pay in 12 equal installments. Advance Basic Pay is available for both CONUS and OCONUS moves. A member may draw up to 3 months basic pay in advance, interest free. Your base pay and finance offices can provide more details specific to your situation.
Advance Basic Allowance for Housing
Is an advance against your normal BAH to help you cope with the costs of rental housing off base. This is available for CONUS and OCONUS moves. For CONUS moves up to 3 months’ BAH is available and for OCONUS moves up to 12 months’ BAH is available. Note: unit commanders must authorize advances in BAH. Payback requirements are determined by the length of the tour.
Advance Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA)
Is an advance against any projected OHA to cover the difference between the cost of economy rental housing and the BAH. Except in unusual cases, advances are limited to 12 months OHA. OHA should not exceed one year’s allowances.