The 10 Best PCS Benefits for the Military & Their Families
Ranking the Best PCS Benefits for Members of the Military and Their Families
Most military service members and their families will experience at least one PCS during their time in the military. If you haven’t been through a PCS yet, you will. But what benefits can you get that are related to PCSing? Here are 10 of them!
1) Transferring Professional Licenses
Each service branch will help reimburse licensure costs that come up when a service member’s spouse has to PCS. This started with the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act and will reimburse up to $1,000 for relicensure and certification costs because of a relocation or PCS move. The moves do have to cross U.S. state lines to include OCONUS to stateside moves.
2) Per Diem
Service members will receive money back for meals, incidentals, and lodging when you are moving to your new duty station. This is called Per Diem. You can check the rates here.
3) Dislocation Allowance or DLA
DLA will partially reimburse you for miscellaneous moving costs. You can be paid once per PCS. You can check the rates here.
4) Temporary Lodging Allowance or TLA
TLA helps with the cost of temporary lodging and meals while waiting on OCONUS housing. You can get TLA for a max of 60 days when arriving and 10 days when leaving. TLE or Temporary lodging Expense is for CONUS moves for 5 or 10 days.
5) The Personally-Procured-Move or PPM
PPM or what was formally called a DITY move. This is where you can move yourself, and then can be reimbursed up to 100% of the GCC (Government Constructive Cost) if you have your own carrier or 95% of the GCC if you move your property on your own. You can also receive an advanced allowance to help with out-of-pocket expenses. This type of move is popular for some military families and others would rather the military move 100%.
6) The Relocation Assistance Program
The Relocation Assistance Program will help you prepare for a PCS. It provides resources and one-on-one support for moving costs, household goods shipments, housing options, childcare, sponsorship, schools, spouse employment, newcomer orientations, loan closets, and more. This program is usually offered through your installation.
7) Moving Pets Overseas
If your pet is required to be quarantined, you can receive up to $550 per PCS. This doesn’t mean you get reimbursed for moving your pet in general.
8) Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation or MALT
MALT is paid as mileage reimbursement for service members and their dependents during a PCS move. MALT is paid on a per-mile basis for the official distance of each portion of travel. The MALT rate per authorized POC is .18/mile for 2022.
9) Shipping a Vehicle
If you have an overseas PCS, the government will pay to ship or store ONE POV (Privately Owned Vehicle) when you receive your orders. This is for OCONUS to OCONUS, OCONUS to CONUS, and CONUS to OCONUS.
10) Shipment of Household Goods
The government will pay to ship your household goods. There are weight limits and are based on your rank and dependent status. You will have to pay a fee if you go over. The military pays for movers to come and take your goods from one duty station to another. Move.mil is now on Military One Source to help you through your move.
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About the author
Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.