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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
A to Z Challenge - P is for Permanent Change of Station (PCS)
A Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move is a move from one duty station to another, or from your final duty station to home of record upon retirement or discharge.
In the military, you can be required to move at any time, but it is most common to move every 2-3 years.
If you receive PCS orders, you are eligible for transportation allowances. The most common reimbursed travel allowances include:
Personal & dependent travel - The government will provide you and your dependents transportation from one duty station to another. They will either issue you a ticket for a common carrier (air, rail, etc.), or provide you money to travel via your privately owned vehicle (POV) [yes, it appears there is a military acronym for almost everything]. They will also pay you per diem, which includes an allowance for meals and lodging for the number of authorized travel days between locations.
Household goods and vehicle shipment - You are authorized to ship your personal belongings from one duty station to another. The government authorizes you a weight limit based on your rank and family status. You may also be authorized to ship or store your personal vehicle depending on your destination.
Dislocation allowance - Dislocation allowance will partially reimburse you for expenses incurred in relocation.
Temporary lodging reimbursement - The government will partially reimburse you for the additional costs you may incur when house hunting or living in temporary quarters in conjunction with a move through either Temporary Lodging Allowance or Temporary Lodging Expense.
I looked up for my son when he moved from his final duty station to his new home in Seattle.
My son left the Navy with the rank of E-5. He was single with no dependents. The military would pay to transport 7000 pounds of household goods, not including his POV. If he had dependents, it would be 9000 pounds. If he went over that weight, he would have been responsible to pay for each extra pound. The cost depends on the distance traveled, from $1 per pound for short distances, to $4 and more per pound for longer distances and/or overseas. Best to have a yard sale!
Currently in the news is the decision by United Airlines to discontinue overseas transportation of large pets. United is the only airline from Guam to the US, so servicemembers PCSing from Guam would have had to leave their pets behind. Here's the latest news:
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What's next for Q?
Q is for Quartermaster. What's a Quartermaster? What do they do? Which branches of the military have them? Come back tomorrow and find out!