pcs army moving

Whether you like it or not, when Uncle Sam makes the call it’s time to hit the road for your next military adventure. Every year, more than 400,000 members of the military make a permanent change of station (PCS) move. Moving can be a challenge whether it’s within the continental United States (CONUS) or to a foreign country/outside the continental United States (OCONUS) so it’s important to get as much insight into the process as you can.

What is a military PCS? How does a PCS move work?

There are three main types of CONUS military moves: military hired movers move your belongings, personally procured (PPM)/do-it-yourself (DITY), or a combination of the two known as a partial-PPM/partial-DITY. There are positives and negatives to each type of move. Ultimately the option you choose changes how much work you have to do for the move, and what kind of expenses are reimbursed when it’s all over.
When you receive orders to your new duty station you will have to choose which PCS option will be best for you and your family. Work with your new installation’s Relocation Assistance Program to get support and information for getting settled into your new duty station.

When is military PCS season?

There are PCS moves taking place year-round, but more than 65% of moves occur between May and August.

Can you deny military PCS orders?

In short, yes, BUT this is likely to come with some repercussions. We would advise that you talk with your personnel department to get the most up to date regulation for your military branch. An alternative to denying military orders could be requesting a deferral which would delay your move by a set period of time.

Is military PCS travel pay taxable?

If you received any reimbursement money for a personally procured move (PPM)/ do-it-yourself (DITY) move then you will have to pay taxes on it. Along with your annual W-2 you will receive a special W-2 just for that money.

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