You have PCS orders, now what? That is a question a lot of families in the MacDill AFB area are asking themselves at this moment. Receiving PCS orders can be stressful, and lately with the rules on shipping your household goods changing almost on a daily basis having the right resources to plan your move is essential.
I am seeing almost daily on social media questions on how to set up the shipment of your household goods. Along with the questions I have seen some interesting answers. Unfortunately with budget cuts etc.. the DOD has been making changes to the process. Some of the changes proposed this summer are in hopes of expediting the process. What your neighbor or husband’s CO did last year or even last week may not be the up-to-date information. The first step in planning your move is to go right to the horse’s mouth for your answers!
First step after receiving those orders is to go straight to Move.mil. This site has all of the latest information on how to proceed to getting your move set up. If this is your first move, you will need to set up an account with DPS (Defense Personal Property System). This system was put in place to allow you to self-counsel and set up your move without going to the transportation office. Once you have set up or logged into your account, you will be directed on how to proceed with the latest steps in setting up your move. I am no expert in this procedure, but from the looks of the information procedures may differ depending on your present duty station and where your next will be.
The Move.mil site has nformation on how to prepare for packing, your weight limits, preparations for an overseas move, and checklists. By reading the info on this site, you should be able to answer a lot of those questions I see floating around on social media such as what do I do if I am over my weight limit etc.. If you cannot find the answer to your questions, contact information is included on the home page.
Once your move is set up, check out the great resource page and blog on MilitaryByOwner.com for great tips on packing, planning your move, how to keep the kids happy, and information on moving with pets. This is also a great resource for information on housing at your new installation.
Good luck on your next adventure! Please share with our readers any tips or suggestions you have about what to do after those PCS orders arrive!!
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