Military Do-It-Yourself (DITY) Moves

The Personally Procured Move Program

DITY Move

As a former military member who has done both types of moves when transitioning from one duty station to the next, the Do It Yourself (DITY) move was a lot more work than it was worth. Normally, when a person in the military makes a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, the government hires a commercial contractor to pack and move their household goods (HHG). The military will move, free of charge, HHG, up to the member's authorized weight limit (which depends on rank and whether or not the member has dependents).

However, if you have a team of people to help you, the DITY move can be a fun challenge and will definitely burn some calories for the day.

The Personally Procured Move Program (formerly Do-it-Yourself [DITY] Move) is designed to provide the military member an alternative to move their household goods on their own. Members may move their personal property themselves, using rental equipment, their own vehicle, or by hiring their own commercial carrier.

Under this program military members can receive reimbursement up to 100% of the Government Constructive Cost (GCC), if they hire their own carrier, or an incentive payment of 95% of the GCC, if they move the property on their own. An advance operating allowance can be authorized to defray out of pocket moving expense (rental equipment, HHG mover charges, packing material, etc.).

Individual situations may vary widely so prior to making a personally procured move it is recommended that the military member be counseled and get approval by the base personal property office. Failure to get approval from the personal property office MAY result in non-payment of the reimbursement claim or incentive payment. Contact your local Personal Property Office to help you determine the most cost-effective method of moving your household goods.

NOTE: Personally procured moves to overseas areas are not recommended. It's almost impossible to move your property to an overseas location for what the government pays contractors to do.

Participation in the Personally Procured Move Program is voluntary. Military members may chose a Personally Procured Move, a Government Move, or a combination of the two methods, subject to entitlement limitations.

Options

The personally procured move program offers the following options:

Privately Owned Vehicle (POV): A privately owned vehicle can be used to affect your move. If you use a travel trailer or motorhome, contact your Personal Property Shipping Office for special guidance. Any POV in tow must be disconnected prior to weighing.

Rental Vehicle: You procure the rental equipment and the accessories yourself and perform all the labor. Sources of rental equipment must be bona-fide rental vendors such as RYDER, U-HAUL, etc.

Commercial: You contract directly with commercial carriers vice rental contractors. Incentives for this type of move are authorized under public law, and will be calculated on the same basis as a PERSONALLY PROCURED MOVE by rental vehicle or POV.

Note: For all options, empty and full certified weight tickets are required. Be sure you have your vehicle weighed at a "CERTIFIED" weigh station. The towing vehicle and trailer must be weighed as a complete unit at one time on a large platform scale or on two smaller scales. Axle weights are acceptable.

  • Imprint or official stamp with name and location of Weigh Station
  • Signature and title of official certifying the weighing
  • Legible imprint of the weight and date recorded.
  • Your name, rank, and social security number.
  • Identification of vehicle weighed. You should retain a copy of each weight ticket for your personal records.
  • It's important that this weight be as accurate as possible. Over-estimating may result in a lower reimbursement or incentive payment.

Insurance

The Government is not liable for any loss or damages that occur during a personally procured move. Since you perform all of the packing and transportation by yourself or with the assistance of a contracted carrier, any loss or damage is presumed to be the result of your or your agent's improper packing or handling. You should also seriously consider purchasing commercial insurance coverage, either through the moving company or through a commercial insurance company to protect yourself from financial loss.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have or purchase the proper insurance to cover all rental equipment, your POV, and your household goods. When using a commercial HHG carrier you should ensure the carrier provides insurance on your HHG in accordance with local and state laws.

If in items go to storage, claims for loss or damage to your household goods while in storage are not payable by the military claims offices. Make sure you purchase insurance to cover your goods while in storage.

Storage

You should have a residence available for delivery of the goods at destination within the period specified for the move. If storage is required at destination, you SHOULD consider doing a Government move.

Temporary storage (up to 90 days) incidental to a personally procured moved is authorized at Government expense. However, reimbursement will be based on the Government's cost to store a like amount of weight and will not include an incentive payment.

If you must procure storage, you should use a bona-fide commercial storage facility (to include a mini-storage facility) and submit a claim for reimbursement for personally procured storage. This will be submitted on a DD Form 1351-2 to the Personal Property Office.

Reimbursement

Once you have reached your destination, you must submit a claim for the balance of your reimbursement or incentive to the Personal Property Office on your new base, within 45 days of your move date. Claim should consist of the DD Form 2278, DD Form 1351-2, certified weight tickets (empty and full), and complete set of orders. Your reimbursement will be equal to 100% of the GCC or your incentive will be equal to 95% of the GCC, depending on which option you chose to use.

Weight Ticket Identification: To ensure proper identification of the weight tickets and subsequent payment of your incentive allowance, it is essential that the following information be included on each weight ticket obtained:

  • Imprint or official stamp with name and location of Weigh Station
  • Signature and title of official certifying the weighing
  • Legible imprint of the weight and date recorded.
  • Your name, rank, and social security number.
  • Identification of vehicle weighed. You should retain a copy of each weight ticket for your personal records.
  • It's important that this weight be as accurate as possible. Over-estimating may result in a lower reimbursement or incentive payment.

Definition of Household Goods

Items associated with the home and all personal effects belonging to a member and dependents on the effective date of the member's PCS or TDY order that legally may be accepted and transported by an authorized commercial transporter.

HHG also include:

  • professional books, papers, and equipment (PBP&E),
  • spare POV parts and a pickup tailgate when removed,
  • integral or attached vehicle parts that must be removed
  • miscellaneous associated hardware,
  • vehicles other than POVs (such as motorcycles, mopeds, snowmobiles, etc

HHG do not include:

  • personal baggage when carried free on an airplane,
  • automobiles, trucks, vans and similar motor vehicles
  • airplanes; mobile homes; camper trailers
  • farming vehicles
  • live animals
  • cordwood and building materials
  • items for resale, disposal or commercial use rather than for use by the member and dependents
  • privately owned live ammunition;
  • articles that otherwise would qualify as HHG but are acquired after the effective date of PCS orders except bona fide replacements for articles that have become inadequate, worn out, broken, or unserviceable on/after the effective date of orders.