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Military Moving on a Budget

Downloadable PCS Checklist

Print this helpful checklist, and stay on top of your PCS move from start to finish.

Things you need for a military move

Want a Profitable DITY Move?

If you want to put money back in your pocket after a military move, go U-Pack®! It’s the affordable alternative for service members who want to complete a personally procured move without driving a rental truck. Simply pack and load a moving trailer or moving container and we’ll do the driving.

Get a free U-Pack quote today and see why military families on a fixed budget choose us as their relocation solution.

Why U-Pack for Military Moving?

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Low prices

U-Pack is an excellent choice over other military movers because we typically cost less. By using our affordable service, it’s possible to move your belongings to your new station safe and sound while also making a profit.

No driving

If you want to ease the stress of moving, let U-Pack take care of the driving. That means you can travel to your new duty station with your family in the comfort of your personal vehicle and not a rental.

Total control

When you move with U-Pack, you’re in control of every aspect of the move, from packing and loading to the date it arrives — a perk you won’t find if the military moves you. We even provide a dedicated military moving specialist to guide you every step of the way.

Fast transit times

The sooner you have your personal property, the better. U-Pack transit times are quick, averaging just 2-5 business days. Compare that to the 4-6 weeks it could take full-service movers!

Convenient storage

If you don’t have housing secured at your new station, but still need to move your household goods, U-Pack can provide secure storage until you find a place to live. Store everything directly in the trailer or ReloCube®, and give us a call when you’re ready for delivery.

Peace of mind

Most full-service movers commingle household shipments. Not U-Pack! Your belongings will never be mixed with any other household shipments, whether you move in the trailer or the Cube™.

Military Moving Information and Requirements

The following information will help you plan a DITY move (also known as a personally procured move or PPM for short):

DITY move documents

  • DD Form 2278 (Application for move and counseling checklist)
  • DD Form 1351-2 (Travel voucher)
  • Copy of PCS travel orders
  • Certified weight tickets
  • Copy of paid rental agreement
  • Copy of vehicle registration when utilizing POV and/or boat/trailer

Documentation can vary by branch of service.

Filing documentation

When you arrive at your new duty station, check with your TMO (traffic management office) on filing the proper documentation for reimbursement. If you received an advanced operating allowance, you’ll need to file your final settlement claim within 45 days after the start of the move.

Certified weight ticket requirements

U-Pack can supply both empty and full certified weight tickets when requested. These are an additional cost, but are required for DITY move reimbursement.

Note: If you’re in the Navy, you should know that the military only requires U-Pack customers to provide an empty and full certified weight ticket — no 3rd ticket required!

Lodging and meal expenses

Since hotel stays and meal expenses aren’t part of the movement of personal property, they’re not considered reimbursable.

Other non-reimbursable expenses

Sales tax and insurance fees are two other moving expenses that don’t qualify for reimbursement. But it’s not something you have to worry about anyway if moving with U-Pack. Every quote includes taxes and standard liability coverage (plus transportation, fuel and the driver).

Advanced payment

If approved by the TMO, you can receive up to 60% advanced payment to help cover expenses that pertain directly to your move.

Partial DITY move

If you want to move some items yourself and let the government take care of the rest, let your TMO know you’re interested in a partial DITY. You can still move with U-Pack — just let us know how much you’re moving with us and we’ll set it up.

DITY move calculator

Want to calculate your total move cost? First contact the TMO and see how much your allowance will be. The amount typically depends on rank, shipment weight and locations. Once you know your allowance, get a quote from military movers like U-Pack to see how much the actual move will cost. If it’s less than your allowance, you’ll make money!

Military Pro-Gear

On May 1, 2014, the allowance for professional books, papers and equipment (known as PBP&E or Pro-Gear) changed. Now, the new allowance limits the amount and type of Pro-Gear that is reimbursable.

Click to read more about the new guidelines on military Pro-Gear.

Do not ship list

If you move with U-Pack, certain items aren’t allowed in the trailer or container. Take a look at our do not ship list to learn what items you can’t load.

Military discounts

U-Pack offers a military discount to help you save even more on your move. When you call to reserve, let us know you’re in the military, and we’ll take a little more off the total cost.

Start planning your military move with U-Pack!

It’s easy to get started — just follow these steps:

  • Schedule your first meeting with your TMO as soon as you receive your PCS orders
  • Complete the necessary application for a DITY move
  • Contact U-Pack for a free moving quote
  • Reserve your U-Pack move after your application is approved

Now that you’re familiar with how U-Pack makes military moving easy and affordable, call 877-453-7274 to see how much you’ll save! A military relocation specialist will be glad to help you get the best rate.