The Do-It-Yourself (DITY) move allows you to be reimbursed by the government for moving your belongings yourself. You're 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. Please note: The program is voluntary and you can use the entire DITY Program of just part of it. For example, you can ship some household goods on a Government Bill of Lading (GBL) and the balance, up to the allowed weight allowance, under the DITY program.
Under the DITY program, you may use your own vehicle, a rental, or a borrowed vehicle. You're entitled to travel allowances, per diem and mileage through the government. You also receive $25,000 of insurance coverage. An advance monetary allowance for your move can be paid under certain circumstances. Ask your transportation office representative for more details on these benefits.
There are four types of DITY moves:
Advantages of the DITY Move
At first glance, the DITY Program may seem to be more trouble than it's worth -- after all, you have to take care of your own moving arrangements and expenses, rather than have the government do it for you. But if you do a little planning and put forth a bit of effort, doing a DITY move offers significant advantages over a normal military move. For example, you can get the following from a DITY move:
If you're ready to take advantage of the DITY program make sure you follow each of the steps outlined below:
Step 1. Apply for the DITY move by scheduling an appointment with your base Personal Property Transportation Office (PTO). A PTO representative will cover all factors of the program in detail, and provide you with all forms and instructions you need. Foremost among these is the DD Form 2278 (Application for DITY Move and Counseling Checklist). Other forms you may need to fill out or provide include:
Only after applying for and being authorized for a DITY move can you proceed with the move. If you make a partial DITY move (i.e., only shipping a certain amount of household goods), make sure you work out all the details with your PTO representative. Note that you will not receive full government payment for your DITY move until after your move.
Step 2. Decide on your type of move. Will you be doing this all yourself? Will you have packers help? Will you have a moving company take care of the actual transport? Nail down these arrangements as soon as possible.
Step 3. Arrange for any rental equipment or moving services you need. You can either do it all yourself, have a professional handle tasks, or some of both. Packing materials can be purchased from commercial suppliers.
Step 4. Confirm your insurance coverage. Make sure you are up to date on your car and accident insurance. If you use a trailer, check your auto insurance policy to make sure you're covered. State laws regarding liability for accidents during a DITY move vary, so if you're involved in an accident while performing a DITY move, you should contact the legal office at the military installation nearest the accident site as soon as possible.
Step 6. When your vehicle (whether you own it or are renting) is ready, calculate the total weight of what you are moving. You should weigh your vehicle both fully loaded and unloaded. This is extremely important, as your DITY payment will be based on this weight ticket. To calculate the weight of your shipment, follow this formula:
Each weight ticket should have the following information:
the move are not taxable, and will be deducted from the allowance you receive from the move to determine your actual financial profit. Only your profit will be taxed, so be sure to keep track of everything to maximize your profit. Authorized expenses include:
More specific details can be obtained from the Personal Property Transportation office at your installation.
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