Servicemembers, Federal employees and their families slated to move this summer can enhance their permanent change of station experience with proper planning, attention to detail and flexibility, ensuring a smoother move for their household goods.
Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's Personal Property Directorate manages about 520,000 moves per year, of which about 225,000 occur during the summer peak moving season.
"As soon as you receive your permanent change of station orders, you should start your move process," said John Johnson, branch chief for SDDC's Personal Property Directorate Quality Assurance Division. "Requesting your pickup and delivery dates as soon as possible will ensure a better chance of getting the dates you want."
There are two ways to manage a government move based on local policies.
The first is the traditional visit to the local installation Transportation Office or Personal Property Shipping Office to receive a relocation briefing and start the move process.
The alternative is to use the Defense Personal Property System, or DPS, which is accessed through the website, move.mil. This website is the portal for DPS and the one-stop shop where members can completely manage their move process.
Members using this portal for the first time will find online training videos and presentations explaining how to navigate through the move process.
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