Upon receiving permanent change of station orders, servicemembers and their families are entitled to make PPMs using the following four resources: a rental truck or trailer; a commercial moving van; their own vehicle; or the Government Arranged Home Shipment. If you choose to do a PPM, you’ll need to get the facts before you start the process.
Here’s a brief description of each move and what you’ll need to ensure that your PPM goes smoothly:
- Rental Equipment. You rent a truck or trailer, and receive an advance operating allowance based on mileage authorized and estimated weight of shipment. There is no advance on separation orders. You’re responsible for packing, loading, driving, unloading, and unpacking the shipment. Storage at destination is at your expense, with reimbursement.
- You Load/They Drive. You pack and load a commercial moving van/truck, the commercial moving company drives to the destination, and you unload and unpack the van or truck. The commercial firm must provide you with an ICC number, and State or Federal Regulation numbers. You must request the company to provide weight tickets.
- Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) PPM. No advance operating allowance on a POV PPM is authorized. You may use your own or a borrowed vehicle. If you borrow the vehicle, you must have written permission from the vehicle owner for all POV PPMs. Current vehicle registration is also required. The POV must be a "cargo" type vehicle, not a vehicle that is designed for passenger transport.
- Move in Connection with Government Arranged Mobile Home Shipment. Household goods can be authorized for shipment at government expense, but must be removed from a mobile home to satisfy safety requirement under the PPM program. Such items can include heavy appliances and furniture, air conditioners, awnings, etc.
In the next article, we'll go over the advantages of doing a PPM.