Military Relocations

The United States Military is the largest administrator of relocation services, conducting moves for service members in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard. Unlike the corporate sector, relocation services for enlisted personnel are a given-right and necessary for an enlisted member's Personal Change of Station (PCS). 


If you are relocating with the military, the Transportation Office will provide you with details on your policy and benefit eligibility. Your benefits will vary based on several factors, such as location and situation. Relocations are generally provided for the following events.

  • Enlistment: a relocation will be provided to move you into your initial station
  • PCS: one relocation for each change in station throughout your career
  • Discharge: you will be provided a limited relocation benefit package when returning to civilian life based on your home of record. Note that if you are offered relocation benefits by a corporation at the same time, it is customary that your new employer will coordinate benefits with the military to avoid paying duplicate expenses


Although military relocation benefits are similar to that of the corporate world, the provisions vary greatly. There are generally fewer benefits with the government policy and the breadth of coverage is more restricted. Check additional web sources for more detail, including


The 3 Phases of a Successful Move


1] Properly research the new destination before you decide to move. Understand your financial and social impact to you, and download the free assessment form. Stressed Out by Moving


2] Learn about each step of the move process to get your move started in an organized way.


3] Manage transition and stress from the very beginning. Each family member needs to be fully engaged throughout the entire move to properly assimilate into their new environment.

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Move Acronyms

AMSA  American Moving & Storage Association

CWT   Cost per one hundred pounds

DOT    Department of Transportation

PBO    Packed By Owner

SIT     Storage In Transit


Real Estate Acronyms

BPO   Broker Price Opinion

CMA  Comparative Market Analysis

FDR   Formal Dining Room

MLS   Multiple Listing Service

TI      Tenant Improvement


Relocation Acronyms

CRP   Certified Relocation Professional

COLA Cost of Living Allowance

FMV   Fair Market Value

MVA   Market Value Analysis

PCS   Personal Change of Station (military)



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