☷Know the ins outs for smooth PCS
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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A Fort Bragg family prepares for their permanent change of station move , April 25 . PCS season is in full swing and families across the installation are preparing to move to their new duty stations . A Fort Bragg family prepares for their permanent change of station move , April 25 . PCS season is in full swing and families across the installation are preparing to move to their new duty stations . FORT BRAGG , N . C . – It’s official . The permanent change of station season has arrived and with it comes the need to file important paperwork and schedule movers . During this stressful time , whether coming to or leaving Fort Bragg , it’s important to know some of the basic services available to Soldiers and Families . “We know this year is more challenging than usual , and we are working to give our Soldiers and Families options , resources , and flexibility to reduce as much stress as possible , ” said Gen . Edward Daly , Commanding General , Army Materiel Command . It is anticipated that moving and storage capacity constraints will persist through the 2022 moving season based on current economic trends and supply chain congestion . To alleviate moving stress as much as possible , the Army is providing Soldiers and Families options , resources and flexibility . The Army Community Service Relocation Readiness Program , the Installation Transportation Office , Military OneSource and the live chat function of the Army PCS Move app are all available to help Soldiers and Families navigate through the planning and moving process . “Moving can be stressful , but you can minimize the stress and anxiety by taking control and ownership of your move early , ” said Calvin Farlow , ACS relocation readiness program manager . “We are here to assist Soldiers and Families in planning their move and it’s important that your entire Family is involved step by step in the planning process . ” The relocation readiness program offers a pre - move briefing the second Tuesday of each month at the Soldier Support Center 3rd floor which provides Soldiers and Families information on the gaining installation . The briefing covers information on Tricare , housing , the transportation of household goods , government travel card , creating a PCS budget plan , pet information and much more . The program also assists Families arriving to Fort Bragg with welcome packets , and a newcomers brief and bus tour the first Tuesday of each month at the Soldier Support Center 3rd floor . The welcome packet and newcomers brief include information about Family and Morale , Welfare and Recreation and other resources available on the installation . The bus tour has been on pause due to the pandemic , however , staff look forward to it returning shortly . The ACS Relocation Office also has a lending closet located at the corner of Ord Street and Letterman Street , which can loan you pots , pans , dishes etc . until a Family’s household items arrive . The ITO is another resource available to help navigate the moving process . It can provide guidance on personally procured moves and available options if Soldiers experience delays . It is recommended that Soldiers visit the ITO as soon as orders are received to schedule their move and receive counseling . This way , any issues and delays can be identified early . “It’s important that Soldiers and Families know that there are options available to them if they are experiencing delays with their PCS move , ” said Col . Scott Pence , Fort Bragg garrison commander . “If necessary , leadership has the option to adjust report dates within a 60 - day window . ” There are several other options that are available if a Soldier experiences moving delays . One option is to have the government pick up and store the household goods until a Department of Defense moving company can move it . Another option is to receive a non - availability letter from the transportation office to use a commercial moving company with a minimum of two commercial estimates . A third option is for Soldiers to conduct personally procured moves . These moves have been updated to have the reimbursement increased to 100% of what it would have cost the government to use a DoD moving company . “Our people are our number one priority , ” said Pence . “Moving installations and one’s Family is stressful enough . It is our duty and responsibility to take care of our service members and alleviate unnecessary stressors while offering flexibility in the moving process . ” For more information about the Relocation Readiness Program call 910 - 396 - 8683 or 910 - 907 - 3327 . For more information about the Installation Transportation Office call 910 - 396 - 2163 or 910 - 396 - 5212 .
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