Monday, January 25, 2016

Steps for Moving to a New Base

Today, we're bringing you a guest post from a very special group, SpouseLink. SpouseLink is a free website for Military Spouses that was created to support, inform and inspire users with a variety of content–anything from pop culture to important Military information. was created by AAFMAA, a non-profit, membership association that supports the American Armed Forces community with affordable insurance and widow survivor assistance services.

Steps For Moving To A New Base 
Many military families go through the same experience -- receiving Permanent Change of Station (PCS) order. So what’s next? As a military family you are given many resources to make the move as easy as possible. In addition to being very important that you know what these options are, you also need to act early and take advantage of them as soon as possible. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Set up a meeting with your base transportation office.
This should be the first thing you do and as early as possible. When you talk with your representative, make sure you find out about all of the options available to you. This is when you start making your preliminary arrangements. Each branch has a different name for their transportation office.

Here are the names that might relate to your experience:
  • The Department of Defense: Joint Personal Property Shipping Office
  • Air Force: Traffic Management Office
  • Army: Installation Transportation Office 
  • Navy: Personal Property Shipping Office 
  • Marine Corps: Personal Property Shipping Office 
  • Coast Guard: Household Goods Shipping Office 

Contact the family center at your new location.
Family centers offer specific and unbiased information about the location you will be moving to. These centers offer relocation assistance programs that provide moving information to you and your family. They are available to answer any questions you may have about your new community and what it offers.

Make an appointment with the finance office at your new location.
Moving can be expensive and not all of these expenses are covered by reimbursement. The finance office can give you the rundown on all of your options, as well as any benefits that you may be eligible for. Notify the housing office of your projected move date. If you are living in government housing, make sure you know all the regulations about cleaning your home before you move. Some bases require an inspection before your move out date. Contacting this office will help you schedule any important dates.

Use the handy lists below to get ready to move.
When making preparations to move, it’s often easy to overlook important tasks. While every task is not listed, these items will give you a general idea of what military families need to prepare. If you have any questions, don’t forget about the resources available to you as a military family.

Here is the military related moving list:
Decide whether you want to make a Personally Procured Move (PPM), or have the government handle everything for you.
Save up for non-reimbursable moving expenses.
Notify your landlord you will be moving, but do not give a specific date as plans can change quickly.
Keep track of tax-deductible moving expenses.
If you need childcare at your new location, begin looking into options.
Schedule pick-up and delivery dates with your mover and arrange storage if needed.
Draw up a Power of Attorney in case unforeseen circumstances occur.
If you are an active duty member, check with Travel and Transportation Allowances to see if you qualify for advanced pay or other benefits.
If you are an active duty member, contact your military pay office to recertify Basic Allowance for Quarters (BAQ) and sign-off on your PCS.
Update you military ID card.
Start organizing personal records like birth certificates, insurance papers or warranties. Make copies of these documents if needed, so you have redundancies.
Arrange for temporary housing if needed. This is important if government housing is not ready or if you have not found a home yet.
Begin making shipping arrangements for your vehicles if necessary.
If you are using the Personal Property Shipping Office (PPSO), confirm moving dates and make sure to follow up regularly for possible changes or issues.
If you are an active service member making use of the military weight allowances, separate your professional books, papers, and equipment (PBP&E). These items will be weighed and listed separately on your shipping inventory.

Shop for cheaper insurance in your new area. 
Take advantage of your new move through potential opportunities to save money on insurance that could be cheaper in your new area. Ensure that all health, life, fire, and auto insurance is up to date, and inform these companies of your new address and negotiate cheaper rates.

If you need more information on cheaper rates many companies offer insurance calculators that adjust to your needs. For example, use the life insurance calculator at to ensure you are getting the best value on your life insurance.

As a military family you have support and benefits that other families are not offered. Be sure to utilize these support structures to make moving to a new base as easy as possible.

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A note from The Coastie Wife:
As a military spouse, I feel it's very important to know what resources are available to you. Even if you don't feel you need the resources offered by these companies at this exact moment, I would still recommend saving the sites away for the future! You never know when you might need a little extra help and these are some great resources! Thank you SpouseLink for taking the time to share these great tips with us! I know we'll be referring back to them for our future moves!

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