Moving In The Military: Change of Duty Station
Personally Procured Moves (PPM) formerly referred to as Do-It-Yourself (DITY) Moves are done when changing permanent duty stations typically done within the Continental United States (CONUS) and you prefer to move your own property. Often, the military member does not have that luxury and will need assistance from the military to move their items. If you prefer to have the military move you, you can opt for that method.
When one makes a permanent change of station move in the United States military, the government will hire a contractor to pack and ship the member's personal property (furniture, clothes, books, ect.).
This includes the first move, from Advanced Individual Training (AIT), Technical School, or A-School to the member's first permanent duty assignment. (It also includes the move *TO* AIT, Technical School, or A-School, if the length of the school [at a single location] is longer than 180 days).
In the above case, the military will hire a contractor to move property from the AIT/Technical School/A-School location, or any other location where the individual has property stored, or a combination of both, as long as the weight shipped doesn't exceed the authorizations shown on the below chart. If the weight exceeds the authorized limits, the member will be required to reimburse the military for the cost of shipping the excess weight (at whatever rate the contractor charges the military).
When you receive written orders for a permanent change of station, you take those orders to the Installation Transportation Management Office (TMO), Outbound Properties Section. They will brief you on your entitlements, complete the required paperwork, and arrange for a day for the shippers/packers to pick up your stuff.
You do not have to be personally present when the packers/shippers arrive, however, there must be an adult there, who you authorize (in writing) to sign the shipping inventory on the day of packing/pickup.
Table of Joint Federal Travel Regulations
Weight Allowances (Pounds)
Grade NOTES 1 & 3
PCS without Dependents
O-10 to O6
O-1/W-1 0-1/W-1/Service Academy Grads
15,000 (See Note 4)
13,000 (See Note 4)
E-3 to E-1
Service Academy Cadets/Midshipmen
Changing locations, jobs, and moving is a common occurrence within the military. Very rarely does any member stay in one place for several years, but depending upon your job you can reduce the number of moves you make during your career.