Here’s a quick reference list of where to go to find out what you need to know…
All About Your PCS Shipment
Curious about how to estimate how much your stuff weighs or how much stuff (weight wise) you can ship? Check out Move.mil’s weight allowance section to find current weight allowance tables and a weight estimator.
Not sure what to do with your car (aka POV)?
Did anything get damaged in your move? What do you do next?
Move.mil has a resource page to help direct you through the claims process.
Start the PCS Househunt
Everybody breathes easier when you’ve got your next home lined up. Here are the resources you need to get your next home set up ASAP!
Official branch pages for housing
Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN)
AHRN.com is the largest, most preferred and trusted housing resource to help you find your next home. It has special functionality just for us military folk (BAH search, school info, housing profile to match desired housing and averages of rents in the area).
Do you own a home and need to rent it out?
If you’re a homeowner that needs to rent out your home or if you’re just looking for a home to rent that’s military friendly, check out Military By Owner. They even have a nifty iPhone app to help you shop while you’re on the go!
Show Me the Money: PCS Entitlements
Kara pretty much covered the money trail in her post ‘PSCing? Show me the money‘ but just in case you missed it, here’s where you need to go to track down the extra cash you get when in PCS mode: DFAS PCS Entitlements Page.
How much BAH or OHA do we receive at our next assignment?
Stateside Moves (CONUS)
When it comes to stateside moves you definitely need to check out this BAH Calculator. If you’re moving to a high-cost of living area (COLA) like NYC, you might qualify form stateside COLA as well. Check the current stateside COLA rates here.
Overseas Moves (OCONUS)
Overseas BAH is called OHA and there’s typically some COLA involved, too. Some locations even have a utilities allowance (UA) like England. Check out the OHA Calculator and COLA Calculator. It’s good to note that COLA fluctuates monthly, so don’t rely on this income as part of your living budget.
Health Care Resources as You PCS
If you are an EFMP family, PCSing does bring some extra challenges though. Michelle, provided a great checklist for EFMP families with children on the Autism spectrum. Military OneSource has a page dedicated to EFMP resources to guide you as well.
- Pets for Patriots has a great post called PCS and your Pet
- PCSing with kids…you can’t leave them behind! Check out Military Youth on the Move for parenting resources to help your kids cope with the challenges of being a milkid including how to change schools!
Did we miss any other essential resources? Share them with us below!