Generally, a servicemember's moving needs will fall into one of the following categories (all topics are grouped in alphabetical order):
Members separating with other than an Honorable Discharge must obtain a letter from their convening authority authorizing their dependents to be moved.
Continental United States (CONUS)
Any move within the continental United States. This makes up the majority of most relocations, and is usually done by the contract carrier assigned by the government by the member as a Do-It-Yourself (DITY) move, in some areas by Service-member Arranged Move (SAM), or a combination of the above.
If deployed with a ship or squadron for 90 days or more, some members (single and geographic bachelors) may be eligible to store household goods at government expense.
Do-It-Yourself Move (DITY)
Members who volunteer to move themselves and meet all requirements are entitled to 95 percent of what it would cost the government to pay a government contracted carrier. Most members can receive up to 60 percent of this amount in advance, to help cover the expenses of their move. Some restrictions apply.
Your moving entitlements depend in large measure on your orders and what is written in them.
Home of Record or Combination of Orders Move
This move involves shipment of household goods from a location other than within your current local area, or another area in the continental United States or overseas. It is the most complex move because of the paperwork involved.
A door-to-door move within the local area, with no storage involved. Most common are moves into and out of government quarters.
Overseas Duty Orders
Overseas MoveA move from the continental United States to an overseas location, including Alaska and Hawaii, is considered an overseas moves. Family member entry approval is required for some locations.
Permanent Change of Station Orders (PCS)
Retiring from Service
Members retiring from the service have one year to complete their final move. If members have not made their home of selection, they are entitled to storage for one year at "origin" from date of retirement. If members have less than 18 years of service as of November 1, 1981, their goods may be shipped anywhere within the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Members on retirement orders may request extensions beyond the one year limit for medical, training, educational or other deserving reasons.
When requesting extension of shipment rights, you should contact the nearest moving in person or by mail. You will need your Retirement orders (with accounting data), your DD-214, documentation from school verifying commencement and/or a letter from your doctor showing your hospitalization or treatment, and a letter from service member requesting extension.
Non-temporary storage beyond one year from effective date may be excess cost to you but at the government rate. Note: You could be liable for all transportation costs arising from making more than one shipment.
Sea Duty Orders
Separating from Service
Members separating from the service on a Voluntary Separation with Incentive (VSI) or a Special Separation Bonus (SSB) have the same entitlements as retirees. Members separating on the transition management program (TAMP) or separating involuntarily between have the same entitlements as retirees.
Members separating from the service have 180 days from the effective date of discharge to move personal property at government expense. If unsure of where they want to move, local storage of up to 180 days may be requested.
Members living in government quarters and separating or retiring, may move locally out of the quarters (Local Move) and still have their shipping rights within the authorized time limit.
Unusual or Arduous Sea Duty Orders
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