Moving & PCS

PCS Planning

Planning Your Move

Sometimes we don’t receive much notice before PCSing. Following the steps below can help streamline the process. Here are some straightforward tips to help you navigate this busy time:

  1. Review your orders. Make sure everything is correct. Your orders (or your spouse’s orders) are incredibly important. It’s critical that you make sure all of the information is accurate.
  2. Schedule your move. As early as possible, contact Transcom to schedule your move. Did you know that they offer move counseling? Take advantage of it!
  3. Create a shipment. Check out the Defense Personal Property System, commonly referred to as DPS (you know how much we love our acronyms!), to register, upload orders, and create a shipment.
  4. Plan the shipment. Figure out how much stuff you have. Use the Weight Estimator Tool to get an accurate estimate. You can also locate vehicle weigh stations. If you’re not sure how much you’re allowed to ship, check MilMap.
  5. Prepare to pack. Yes, this may seem counterintuitive, but we promise you will thank us! Organize your belongings and take lots of pictures to determine damage after your move. Figure out which items will go in which shipment (this is especially important for OCONUS moves). And remember, the packers will pack everything. Everything. So empty out those trash bins before they arrive, and make sure your pets are accounted for (seriously).
  6. Unpack and inventory. You will be given a checklist that allows you to go box by box to account for your belongings. Take this process seriously. If possible, arrange child care (pro tip: service aid societies offer support to offset PCS-related child care costs). This is the best time to make note of any damaged or missing items.
  7. Submit claim requests. In the unfortunate event that something gets damaged, file a claim. You will be required to take photos, and in many cases, the services will require eyes on the damaged item.
  8. Settle in. Congratulations, you survived another PCS! Unwind, settle in, and when you are ready, visit MilMap to start getting to know your new community.