A Brief Overview Of The PCS Process
Is a Military Relocation to/from Keesler AFB in your future? Have you received Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders? A PCS move is basically a move between one duty station and another. There are many types of PCS orders. Each type will have their own special rules and regulations. Some of these types include:
- Accompanied or unaccompanied PCS overseas.
- PCS to same geographic area.
- Change of a ship’s homeport or unit’s location
- PCS with temporary duty en route, etc.
We will cover the basic allowances you can expect to see in most situations. This may help you understand what you can expect when you receive PCS orders.
The government will pay most costs associated with your move. You can receive many of these travel allowances before the move. A travel card may be issued to help keep you from paying the high cost of moving out-of-pocket.
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). They will also pay you per diem, which includes all meals and lodging allowance, 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.
Dislocation allowance will partially reimburse you for expenses incurred in the military 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.
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The above article was adapted from military.com