Commentary

March 21, 2014

Successful PCS secrets

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Permanent change of station season is almost upon us, and with it being a busy time in a military family’s life, it is good to start preparing ahead of time.

The secrets to a successful PCS are preparing early and personally taking control of your household goods movement. The best place to start is at your own computer and by going to the Defense Personal Property Program website at www.move.mil.

At the DPPP site, you will be able to check the net weight of your shipment and find out how many days of storage you’re authorized for or have remaining. You will also be able to learn more about how you can transport pets, personnel effects and other prohibited items.

In addition, Air Force officials recently announced changes to the DoD policy on transporting a member’s professional books, papers and equipment with his or her household goods during a PCS.

Known as “pro-gear,” the new PBPE policy will impact orders issued on or after May 1. PBPE will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 pounds, and will include items in a member’s possession needed for the performance of official duties at his or her next assignment.

PBPE items include instruments, tools and equipment unique to technicians, mechanics, medical professionals, musicians and members of other professions. They also include specialized clothing, such as diving suits, space suits, flying suits and helmets, band uniforms, chaplains’ vestments, and other specialized apparel and out-of-the-norm uniforms or clothing.

The policy excludes other items of a professional nature that will not be necessary at the next duty station, such as text books from schools and personal books, even if used as part of a previous professional reading program, and some previously allowed categories such as personal computer equipment, memorabilia and table service.

A PCS can be very exciting, but quite intense as well. Taking steps to ensure you have what you need in a timely manner will definitely help the process.

For more information on how to prepare for an upcoming PCS, call your local Traffic Management Office.




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